Welcome!

Here I will share my travels throughout the majestic White Mountains of NH and also delve into some of the area's rich history and forgotten places. I do this in hopes of getting others excited about exploring these wonderful places.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Sandwich, with a side of Noon and Jennings - 8/25/09

I’ve been toying with the idea of working on another list of peaks. The New Hampshire Hundred Highest (NHHH) includes the 48 4000 Footers, and some other lower mountains, many of which are without trails. This list is similar to the New England Hundred Highest (NEHH), but includes some slightly more obscure peaks, since it only list mountains in the state of New Hampshire. This list is also NOT officially recorded by the AMC, while the NEHH is an official list. I’m not sure if I’ll actually make an attempt at finishing it or not (still new to bushwhacking, and not sure I have an affinity for it), but it will inspire me to get to some interesting places. That much I am sure of.

This past week, I went to a place that I’ve been wanting to visit for quite a while. It just so turns out that this spot is the highest peak on the list outside of the 4Kers, Sandwich Mountain (AKA Sandwich Dome). When I traversed over the ridge of Mt. Tripyramid last July, one of the most interesting features I spotted was not Sandwich Dome itself, but the tiny summit of Jennings Peak to the right (North) of it. This summit rises abruptly from the ridge, and from some angles almost looks as sharp as Owl’s Head (Cherry Mt.) does from 115. For whatever reason, these “sharp” peaks seem to beckon me to visit them. I think it’s the thought of standing at the pinnacle, with the world falling away steeply on all sides. Whatever it is, I’m more than happy to oblige the call.

Jennings Peak (center), and Sandwich Dome to the left, seen from Mt. Tripyramid

Since I wanted to visit Jennings Peak, I decided on using the Sandwich Mountain Trail. This trail leaves the East side of Rt. 49 just before the Waterville Campground. The trail passes a power substation just before crossing Drakes Brook and beginning the moderate climb. The trail was a little wet on a couple of the early sections, but was relatively dry compared to a lot of the other trails I’ve been on this summer. The steepest part of the hike is probably the first part, before you reach the first outlook on the shoulder of Noon Peak, at about a mile and a half from the trailhead.

One of the steeper sections of the Sandwich Mountain Trail

This outlook took me a little by surprise. I didn’t expect to see such a sweeping view from the first and lowest outlook of the hike. On this particular day I was treated to beautiful blue skies, without the view-ruining haze of humidity. Already I could see the Osceolas, Carrigain, the Tripyramids, Mt. Washington, and a host of other peaks I couldn‘t quite identify.

The view from the outlook on Noon Peak

I was re-energized and set off for the day’s star attraction, Jennings Peak. The hike along this section of trail is fairly level and passes over ledges with a couple more outlooks, with views to the peaks ahead and out into the Sandwich Wilderness.

Jennings Peak up ahead

From the junction with the spur trail it only a couple tenths of a mile up to the summit of Jennings Peak. At the top, the wooded true summit is easily discerned, but the real highlight is the ledge just below the summit on the South side. The view here sweeps from Mt. Carrigain on the left all the way around to the town of Campton on the far right, with Sandwich Dome dead center.

Part of the view from Jennings Peak

A most interesting little knob presents itself just to the Southwest along the Acteon Ridge, known as Sachem Peak. This little peak is trailless, but I imagine the view from the ledges at it’s summit are worth the effort. I would very much like to visit it one of these days.

Sachem Peak

After soaking in the sights for a while and a short rest, I hoisted my pack and was on my back down to the Sandwich Mountain Trail. One back on this trail it’s only a little over a mile to the summit of Sandwich Mountain. Here I passed a small group of hikers who had just come down and they assured me the view was great. After exchanging pleasantries I began the fairly easy climb up to the top. Once there I was again taken by surprise.

Summit of Sandwich Dome

While the view from the top is restricted, it is one of the best (And slightly lesser-known) I’ve seen in my travels. I spent about an hour here, eating my lunch standing up and picking out as many peaks as I could. Moosilauke could be seen on the far left, then the Kinsmans, Tecumseh, Cannon, and the Franconia Ridge just to name a few. It was truly an All-Star view, and it is now placed among my favorites.

View from Sandwich Dome

11 comments:

  1. hello... hapi blogging... have a nice day! just visiting here....

    ReplyDelete
  2. hi.. just dropping by here... have a nice day! http://kantahanan.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  3. Hi... Looking ways to market your blog? try this: http://bit.ly/instantvisitors

    ReplyDelete
  4. Α uncοoked оnion could quite poѕѕiblу be rubbed on unbrokеn chilblаinѕ with
    goоd enԁ resultѕ. This have uѕually been a faνoгеd action in my home.
    The blood of those ρеople who resiԁe а lіving оf trу tο eat, сonsume and be merrу
    iѕ pгimаry and their гespiratіon is teгrіbly rаρіdly.


    Here is my homepаge ... 12 Pizza stone target

    ReplyDelete
  5. I every time uѕed tо rеaԁ post in
    news papeгs but now аs I am а user of intеrnet ѕo from
    now Ι am using nеt fοr content, thanks to web.


    Feel free to visit my weblog ... Chemietoilette

    ReplyDelete
  6. Hi there! I know this is kind of off topic but I was wondering which blog platform are
    you using for this website? I'm getting sick and tired of Wordpress because I've had problems with hackers and I'm looking at options for another platform. I would be great if you could point me in the direction of a good platform.

    Here is my site: bathroom tile
    My web site > http://www.geekyhearts.com/LoganO

    ReplyDelete
  7. It is mаde uρ from аsѕortеd grades of tіny cοmbinatіon thаt hаvе bеen beforehand coаteԁ in hot bіtumen thаt functіоnѕ аs
    а binԁer whеn miхeԁ extеnsiѵely with waгm asphalt.
    Αt leаst 51 % have to be com, though often up to 75% іѕ employed.
    They haνe liνed lіves akin tо that of іncrediblу
    good sаintѕ, sаgeѕ аnd Rishiѕ who werе being іdentifiеd for their ρenancе and austerіtіеs.


    Alsо ѵіѕit mу blog post ::
    emile henry pizza stone recipes

    ReplyDelete
  8. Оnce they grown intο buddiеs, they wіll
    аssume familiarity, but not as ωell substantially until finally then.
    Ρut tоgethеr the space in ωhich
    you are heading tο bе engagіng in the cοlorng.

    The blood οf pеople who livе a daіly life of сonsumе, dгіnk and be merгy is pгimarу anԁ their respiration іs extremеly quіck.


    my homеpаgе ... http://www.linkagogo.com/

    ReplyDelete
  9. І want to tο thаnk yоu for
    thіѕ veгy good reaԁ!! I ԁеfіnіtely
    loνed еѵerу bit οf it. I've got you saved as a favorite to look at new stuff you post…

    Here is my weblog; Augenlasern - Www.Jeteye.Com

    ReplyDelete
  10. Ηave you ever thought about including a little bit more thаn
    juѕt your articlеs? I mean, ωhat you sаy iѕ funԁаmental
    and all. Neѵertheless just imagine if you added ѕome grеat
    images or ѵideos to give yοur posts morе, "pop"!
    Your content iѕ exсellent but wіth рics and clips,
    this wеbsitе could certainly be оne of
    thе gгeatest іn its field. Terrific blog!


    Cheсk out my web page http://qasehadam.blogspot.com/2010/07/resepi-puding-trifle.html

    ReplyDelete
  11. Thanks for your personal marvelous posting! I
    truly enjoyed reading it, you can be a great author. I will always bookmark your blog and definitely will come back
    from now on. I want to encourage you to definitely continue your great work, have a nice afternoon!


    Here is my homepage: Heidelberg Kindergeburtstag

    ReplyDelete