Saturday, June 23, 2018
Elevation: ~3,000′ gain
This hike was debatably the hardest hike I’ve done so far for the New England 100 Highest. It was steep, and the terrain was excruciatingly difficult.
I parked my car at Loon, and hiked up ski trails to get to the top of North Peak, where the bushwhack started. From the parking lot, I went up the mountain, stayed to the left – Brookway (green circle), Lower Walking Boss (blue square), and Upper Walking Boss (black diamond). Upper Walking Boss was brutal. It’s steep for skiing, which meant that walking uphill was very, very steep. And for whatever reason, the bugs gathered on the slopes in hordes, which made it very hard to stop and breathe. The ground was also very uneven with long grass and poison ivy, which hid the odd hole on the slope.