While Summerset & Cameron were in Maine, Dakota & I headed up to Dolly Copp Campground near the base of Mt. Washington to do a little hiking. The weather was, frankly, miserable. It rained frequently, sometimes hard, on both the evenings of July 3 & 4. Lots of cloud cover, and some significant wind. We didn’t get all that much mountain hiking in as a result.
On the morning of the 4th, we got up early. There was a nominal break in the weather, so we wanted to bag a little something. We headed to the Cherry Pond area, but we wimped out. Not due to the terrain — oh no. Rather, we pulled into the trailhead and saw a dozen or more deer flies descend on the car in an orchestrated dance of doom. They stared straight at us through the auto glass, and we blinked. We pulled right back out of that parking lot and headed for Appalachia.
From Appalachia, we did a short hike up Fallsway and down Brookbank, visiting falls along the way. Those are Randolph Mountain Club trails, well signed and maintained, with gentle elevation gains and decent footing. I did slip once and land on my fanny due to the wet rocks and copious moss here and there. The brook crossing to go from Fallsway over to Brookbank required a little thinking and big steps, but neither of us fell in. Overall, a nice hike you could take kids of about any age on with attractive small waterfalls spaced closely along the walk. The views from Fallsway and Brookbank are different and offer different access to the waterways, so it is worth making the loop if you’re comfortable making the cross to Brookbank at the top of Fallsway.
For redliners, pay careful attention to the map to get the entirety of the loop. You need to drop low on Brookbank, cross over via a skimobile trail (old rail trail) back to Fallsway, then climb back up again to the intersection with Valley Way to bag the entire Fallsway/Brookbank loop. The lower sections aren’t as well signed as the upper sections, and require a bit of attention.
The following day with the weather just starting to break for the better, we drove all the way down to the Seabrook area, parking in Hampton Beach near the townline, walking south on a good bit of the beach, and returning north via the road for variety — about a 6 mile loop in total. The general idea was to do an “urban hike” as opposed to a mountain hike. Dakota is more interested in cityscapes and somewhat flatter terrain. So, the beach seemed like a good way to start with the urban hiking experiment. We are planning to try some of the small cities in New Hampshire, and then maybe try larger and more interesting cities such as Boston and NYC.