Mt. Paugus - October 9, 2004

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The trail head to get up to Mt. Paugus. We did a loop using the Cabin trail, Whitin Brook trail, Lawerence trail and Old Paugus trail
The fog on this early morning made the trail look creepy
Some of the bright foliage contrasted nicely with the gloomy sky
We eventually made it to the Whitin Brook trail and followed it for a short distance to the Lawerence trail
The Lawerence trail took us all the way to the summit of Mt. Paugus where it ended and the Old Paugus trail began
At the trail junction we decided to take a little break
The foliage was really thick in some sections and the colors were awesome
It really took your breath away
Heading up the Lawerence trail we came to this rock slab on a steep section of trail that proved to be quite an obstacle to get over.
The trail then followed a ledge with a steep drop off on one side for about a 1/4 mile or so
When the clouds parted the views into the valley were great
It looked rather desolate down there
The trail along the final ascent to the summit was in need of repair
But the views over to Mt. Passaconaway were terrific
We had to stop for some quite reflection
Up on the summit there were wide open ledges. Luckily the clouds parted long enough for us to get some views. That's Passaconaway and Whiteface
It was a long tiring climb to get up here. We had the mountain all to ourselves
Part of the trail passed under an enormous cliff. This is something you don't see everyday
On the way down we had to crawl under a series of blow downs. The Old Paugus trail is in serious need of maintenance. It was overgrown in many places and we had a hard time following the faint path through the woods
On our loop back to the car we visited Big Rock caves. It's basically big rocks piled up on top of each other with crawl spaces between them

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