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King Ravine, The Perch
July 1-3, 2003

Route: Airline Trail, Shortline Trail, King Ravine Trail,
Gulfside Trail, Israel Ridge Trail, Perch Path,
Gray Knob Trail, Spur Trail, Randolph Path,
Sylvan Way, Fallsway, Maple Walk,
Valley Way
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Elevation:

Top of King Ravine headwall  5100 ft
Thunderstorm Junction 5490 ft
The Perch 4313 ft
Gray Knob 4375 ft
Crag Camp 4247 ft
Campsite by Gordon Falls 1400 ft

Vertical Climb:

4742 ft

Distance:

11.9 miles

Who Went:

Paul, Muffin

Day 1

While my wife Toi and daughter Holly went on a Girl Scout trip to England during the first week in July, I was planning on taking a longer-than-usual 5-day backpacking trip through the White Mountains with our dog Muffin, starting from Appalachia and ending in Franconia Notch, then taking the AMC shuttle back to the car.  Of course, it didn't quite work out that way, but it was a good trip none-the-less, with near-perfect weather (mostly sunny, but a little hot).

After dropping Toi and Holly off at Logan airport in Boston at 4 AM for an early flight, I headed north, reaching the Appalachia Trailhead around 7:30. We soon started happily up the Airline Trail, following it to the Shortline Trail, where we turned off to go toward King Ravine. I'd never been up King Ravine before and was looking forward to seeing it, but I figured that I'd avoid both the Subway and the Ice Caves Loop because of Muffin. Both of these trails are alternate routes that wind through passageways underneath the massive boulders, and involve a lot of crawling.

Just before reaching the King Ravine Trail, we stopped briefly to photograph Mossy Falls, an aptly-named cascade just off the trail, and to have a quick drink and snack.

We made good time all the way to the lower floor of King Ravine, which began innocently enough with a few small boulders, then quickly grew larger as we hiked on. I had known that there would be quite a bit of rock-hopping, but I definitely under-estimated the difficulty that Muffin would have climbing up and around the giant stones. At times, I had to pick her up and carry her to the next rock.

Appalachia Trailhead. A number of trails either start from this spot or diverge from one of its trails.

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Trip route. Our route is marked in purple and begins and ends at the Appalachia Trailhead at the bottom of the map.

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Muffin at the junction of the Short Line and the Randolph Path.

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Mossy Falls. This aptly-named falls is just off the Shortline right before it joins the King Ravine Trail.

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Muffin in the lower floor of King Ravine. She had a hard time climbing up and around the huge boulders.

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