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