Saturday, July 4, 2020
Trailhead: Sabbaday Falls
Elevation gain: 2908′
Accompanied by: Little Engine
After a successful hike up to Flume from Lincoln Woods yesterday, we started from the Sabbaday Falls trailhead around 7:45am, taking some time to wander around the falls before heading up the trail towards the summits.
In quick succession, we had 3 water crossings over creeks swollen with rain. These were very challenging for Little Engine since he has vasovagal syncope that’s triggered by vigorous exercise along with existing low blood pressure, so he spends a lot of his time hiking incredibly dizzy. We figured out that taking off his shoes and fording across was more comfortable and expeditious than trying to rock-hop across. The 4th water crossing a bit later was easier, since we’d figured that out.
However, within the half-mile of the trail intersection for North and Middle Tripyramid, the trail from Sabbaday Falls goes up some steep rock slabs, which proved tricky for Little Engine, since his dizziness made the climbing more treacherous. We took our time and made it to the trail intersection by 12:45pm. We summited Middle Tripyramid and wanted to stop for lunch there but the black flies were vicious, so we went back to the trail intersection and found a cozy spot in the woods to take a break.
After lunch, we headed towards North Tripyramid and then headed down the Pine Bend Brook trail. The descent was much more pleasant than the way up Sabbaday Falls. We made the road by 4:45pm and then walked along the road to get back to our car by 5:10pm. It was a longer day than we had expected, but overall, it was a good experience.