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Mt Willey
November 4, 2001

Route: Kedron Flume Trail, Ethan Pond Trail,
Willey Range Trail
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Elevation: 4285 ft
Vertical Climb: 3338 ft
Distance: 5.4 miles
Who Went: Paul, Erin

Erin doesn't get a chance to go many places, so I decided to take her on this hike, but I wanted to get out before the snow started piling up. It had been wet, and I was waiting for just the right time. Finally, the weather report predicted that Sunday would be cloudy and dry, but that it would snow in the White Mountains that night. This had to be it then.

I left home about 4:15 AM, drove a couple of towns away to pick up Erin, then headed north up 495. It was mostly cloudy in Crawford Notch when we got to the Kedron Flume Trailhead, but the clouds were beginning to break up to the south, and I hoped to see the sun soon. 

The state park buildings at the Willey House site were all closed up for the winter. We poked around for a couple of minutes, then headed up the trail, switchbacking gently uphill until we soon reached the Conway Scenic Railroad tracks.

Above the tracks, the trail continued ascending by switchbacks with occasional steeper portions. Shortly before reaching Kedron Brook, we came across a dead tree that had been dug out around the bottom. Wood shavings were everywhere. I figured that it must have been a bear looking for bugs, honey, or both.

At Kedron Flume, we stopped for a couple of pictures. Kedron Flume is a narrow ribbon of cascades and small falls tumbling down toward Crawford Notch. It's much less dramatic than The Flume in Franconia Notch, but is interesting none-the-less. The cascades seemed to continue on up the side of the mountain forever. I wished that we had needed to fill our water bottles because the brook looked clear, cold, and refreshing.

Kedron Flume Trailhead. This trail begins at the Willey House site, just up some stairs from the parking area.

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Dead tree that had been dug out around the bottom. I think that it was clawed out by a bear looking for bugs or honey.

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Erin at Kedron Flume. The flume is a narrow ribbon of cascades and small falls tumbling down the mountain. It's much less dramatic than The Flume in Franconia Notch, but interesting none-the-less.

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