Sunday, May 20, 2012
The views don't get much better than atop of Signal Mountain, especially with a fresh blanket of snow. Some very welcome moisture for our region. I had my work cut out for me on this first trip to the alpine in a while, not because of the snow but because of the thousands of downed trees. The remnants of some crazy weather and microbursts last November. A lot of work will need to be done to clear the trail from just above Bulwark Ridge, about 3 miles from the trailhead, all the way up to treeline. I just tried to find the path of least resistance. I ditched my plan to run to Pingree Park and back (a double Signal crossing) and instead played around the summits of Signal and South Signal for a while before bushwacking back down. Just a spectacular morning up there!
The not-so ugly: