5/12/24: Old Acquaintances on West Ridge Trail

Mother's Day on Mount Cardigan was cool (50s) and a little breezy above 1900', and I spent 5 hours re-digging 25 drains that are downhill of the jeep road and below the junction with South Ridge Trail. The state DOT opened the gate on the road to them last Thursday after closing it for six months. Last Fall's leaves were still in the drains, and the work was slow, but now this trail has but 35 drain left uphill to Cliff's Bridge. Plenty to do there, one day a week, and we are aiming for Wednesdays.

I spoke with several groups of hikers, and met a few old acquaintances. A truly memorable one was a couple last seen riding the West Highland train from Glasgow to Fort William 30 years ago, on their honeymoon. And here they are hiking on Mother's Day with their daughter age 29. True story.

There is another interesting report from that trail on newenglandtrailconditions.com by Spence. First peak mentioned is Orange Mtn.

Yours, Craig