Before I leave for the AT next, week, some of my hiking friends and I are trying to get in some last hikes together. Today’s hike was with JohninNH, and we chose Mt. Roberts for many reasons. The weather wasn’t going to be perfect, we didn’t want a long hike, and we’re both preparing for some big trips so we didn’t want to get injured and ruin months of preparation.
Mt. Roberts is in the Ossipee Range, and is also on the 52 With a View list. Had the weather been better, I would concur that it certainly has views. At least that’s what JohninNH told me, since he’s hiked it already. I can add this one to my 52 Without a View list, though!
We started our hike by parking at the Ossipee Park Road, near the Castle of the Clouds. Staring out while it was snowing, we walked up the road, past a stable and then to the start of the trail. This was a quick little walk and then we were in the woods. The first part of the trail goes through some semi-open woods, and had some pretty deep postholes. We decided that snowshoes would help us to float above the holes and hopefully spare us from ankle injuries. Thankfully, the postholes stopped after about .1 of a mile.
We wound around the back of a pasture and then started up hill for the short ascent to the ledgy area along the top of the ridge. The ledgy area continued quite a way and in nicer weather, would be spectacular. We encountered blowing snow and wind, which wasn’t the worst weather we’ve ever been in, but not the best, either. Thankfully, there was a beautiful spruce section before the summit that gave us some protection from the wind and was nice to hike through, too. We exited the spruce section and a few minutes later we were at the summit.
Still snowing, we snapped a few pictures and decided on an exit strategy. We could have done a loop, but it didn’t look like there was much trail activity that way, so we decided to hike out the way we came. This was a good decision, as hiking downward, most of the views were in front of us. Since the clouds were lifting a bit, we could just start to see the ridges next to us and out to Lake Winnipesauke. We had a quick, easy hike out, a good ending to a good hike!
This was the perfect hike for the day – not too long, and was just right for catching up with and saying good-bye for a few months to my friend, JohninNH!
Special thanks to JohninNH for suggesting this one and hiking with me – hope you have a great spring and summer!