Last weekend I had wanted to hike, but got sick… this weekend I was determined to make up for it!
It has been so darn cold here in Massachusetts (and the majority of the country), that we have been spending a lot of time indoors. I am such a ‘fresh air’ person, that spending a lot of time inside really gets to me.
The plan for Saturday was to go for a hike that wasn’t too exposed to the elements. Since we are working on our (48), the goal was to choose a peak we haven’t done yet. Mt Hale ended up being the perfect selection for the cold, windy weather we would face on Saturday.
Mount Hale is a 4,055 foot mountain in the Twin Range, New Hampshire, in the White Mountains. It was a cloudy, windy day and we knew the views would be obstructed, it was the perfect day for Hale. We took the long abandoned FireWarden’s Trail to the summit. Joining us were three other people plus another four legged friend, Dusty. The two dogs, Oliver and Dusty got along great. It was so cute to see not just one small dog, but two dogs climb this peak in the winter! Winter hiking is not always easy for Oliver. He’s a Westie and is low to the ground (short little legs). He does really well in the summer, but we have to be careful about it being too strenuous for his legs in the winter. Lucky for us, we knew this trail would be packed down and we did not even need snowshoes or microspikes the entire time… the dogs did great! Oliver wore his new Ruff Wear Cloud Chaser jacket for the first time and it kept him very warm. What I love about this jacket is it’s waterproof, windproof, insulating, covers his belly and has sleeves for his front legs. I like to think he enjoyed wearing it!
The hike took us about 5 hours round trip and was 9.4 miles from where we parked our cars. Although there were no views to see, just breathing the mountain air was all I needed. I have included some of my favorite photos from the day! Winter hiking, in my opinion beats summer hiking…. There are no crowds and the trees and mountains look so pretty in the winter covered in snow!