|One of the Waterfalls on Cascade Path|
The first hike was over Mt. Tripyramid. Tripyramid is one of the mountains that surrounds Waterville Valley. It is a 4000 footer. Actually two peaks meet the criteria to be official four thousand footers (North Peak and Middle Peak). There is a loop trail that goes over all three peaks. The trail goes up a slide on the North Peak and down a slide on the South Peak. By far the best views are from the slides. The actual summits are wooded without much of a view.
The trail starts on Livermore Road in Waterville. I, however, started on the Cascade Path. There was rain the night before and the rivers were swollen. I figured that by adding an extra mile to my hike, I could see five waterfalls. So I made an already long day a little longer, but it was worth it. After I got past the falls, I cut over to the Livermore trail to make my assault on the mountain.
Because of all the rain the day before, I could not do the normal loop. The North slide is extremely
Going up the South Slide was fun. The view faces south and I could see Lake Winnipesaukee. The closest mountain is Sandwich Dome, which is on the top of my list of mountains to climb. When I reached the summit, it was almost disappointing, after such a cool climb, there was no view at all.
From the top of South, I went down a col then up another rise to Middle Tripyramid, Again not much to see. From there I went to North. Even though I wasn't going to hike down the North Slide, I did plan on hiking down to the top of the slide to eat my lunch. It is a couple hundred feet down from the top to the slide. I got to the top of it and was awed by its steepness. The view was a full 180 degrees. I could see a huge portion of the White Mountains. From the south was Tecumseh (the ski mountain in Waterville) all the way to the Presidentials. I counted at least 20 mountains over four thousand feet. I stayed at the slide for an hour. The sky was a little hazy (as you can see by the pictures) but clear enough to enjoy the view.
When I woke up, the sky was still cloudy. I did not have cell service so I could not check the weather forecast. I hoped the sky would clear. I climbed the mountain hoping my view wasn't of fog. So a hazy day with great views was more than I could have hoped for.
After my lunch, it was about a mile to my next trail. From there, it was about five miles to the car. I was tired and my feet hurt but was pleased with the hike.
I found a picnic table on Route 49 and made some supper. After supper I had three hours left of daylight, so I went for another hike.I did the Welch-Dickey loop. I'll write about that one later.
|My view from one of the peaks. You can see the|
Waterville ski area in the background
|Welch-Dickey from South Tripyramid|