Sunday, October 13, 2019

Little Haystack - Advanced

Little Haystack
6.4 miles round-trip
3050 feet of elevation gain

The pictures below are of Carter Kropp on his hike of Little Haystack.  

The first waterfall you will see on this trail is Stair Falls.  Then, you will soon come across Swiftwater Falls and then Cloudland Falls.  The terrain itself gets increasingly rocker and you can observe the gorgeous summit in the following pictures.



The waterfalls are beautiful; they are definitely worth the trip.  Carter by Stairs Falls:

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Patch and Stickers are Here!

I now have the patches and stickers for the list.  I drew each design first and then sent it to a company to get made.





Sunday, September 15, 2019

Caps Ridge Trail (to the Upper Cap) - Hard Section "Scrambles"

Note: This website is a work in progress.  Information, links, photos and trip reports will be added throughout the summer and fall (2019), as well as updates on patches.  This website should be finished by late October 2019.

Caps Ridge Trail
3.8 miles round-trip
1,800 feet of elevation gain

Here's a report from a 2015 hike Sage (my sister) and I (Alex) did of Caps Ridge Trail.  Caps Ridge is quite an adventurous trip -- and the summit of Jefferson is just a few rocky tenths of a mile away once you're above the Caps.  Below are some pictures from our trek to give you a sense of the difficult and fun terrain.  The pictures were taken from my mom's post of the whole hike which you can find here if you're interested.


The terrain starts off in the trees, then becomes rocky and even more rockier and much steeper as you continue along.  Once out of the trees (one mile from the parking lot), you'll soon reach the first of three "caps."  Each "cap" is a climbing/rock scramble.  You will be above treeline and exposed to all weather for all the caps (and for the continuation to the summit of Mt. Jefferson, if you choose to continue onward), so make sure the forecast is for excellent weather, and make sure you have layers, lots of water, and the Ten Essentials with you.




Be careful on some of these sections!  As you can see, it gets very, very steep.


There are some old videos of Sage climbing parts of the Caps back when she was 5 years old on this post -- - https://sagehikes.blogspot.com/2010/08/mt-jefferson-4k-2-august-29-2010.html.  That trip report will give you a good idea of how very young (and enthusiastic) kids can handle these kinds of scrambles (with a parent or caregiver spotting them), and it also shows how high up you'll be while climbing.  

Once above the Caps, you can continue to the summit of Mt. Jefferson, a Four Thousand Footer (and two mountains over from Mt. Washington).


You'll have a great time hiking Caps Ridge Trail!

Morgan and Percival - Medium Section "Scrambles"

Note: This website is a work in progress.  Information, links, photos and trip reports will be added throughout the summer and fall (2019), as well as updates on patches.  This website should be finished by late October 2019.

Morgan and Percival
5.4 miles loop hike
1600 feet of elevation gain



In 2012, we hiked Morgan and Percival.  It's a fun hike with ladders and caves!  I still remember it well today even though we hiked it so long ago.  Definitely do this one!  Here are some pictures to give you an idea:

https://www.trishalexsage.com/2012/05/tuesday-trip-report-morgan-and-percival.html

By the way, leave the dog at home on this one!  Max, our border terrier, did not appreciate being carried up ladders and having to navigate caves with large boulders and sharp rocks.  He was not happy on this hike.  We do not recommend this hike for dogs.

The trail begins flat and charming as shown below.




After a while, you'll arrive at the ladders.  As long as you watch where you're going, you should be okay!  Take it slower with the little ones, though, and spot them wherever you can.




The summit of Morgan:



Percival has beautiful views when the day is clear, but our hike happened to be cloudy.




There are exciting caves on the way down!





You'll have so much fun on this adventurous hike!

Goodrich Rock Trail - Easy Section "Scrambles"

Note: This website is a work in progress.  Information, links, photos and trip reports will be added throughout the summer and fall (2019), as well as updates on patches.  This website should be finished by late October 2019.

Goodrich Rock Trail
3.9 miles round-trip
741 feet of elevation gain

In 2012, Sage and I hiked Goodrich Rock Trail.  Here are some pictures from back in 2012 that were taken by our mom.  You can find the full post of this entire hike on TrishAlexSage here if you're interested.

The trail starts off like below with a simple uphill grade.


Look how huge those rocks are!


And to top that off, the hike also includes a fun ladder to climb.



Happy hiking!

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Sketches for Stickers

I have ordered the stickers!  The following are my sketched designs:



Facebook Group

For those of you who don't know, there is a Facebook group for 13 Before 13.  Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/674910572922841/  Please join!

Matthew Sikes: The First Official Finisher

Congratulations, Matthew Sikes, on completing 13 Before 13!  You're the first official finisher.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Patch Design

I am so excited to have this patch design finished!  The picture below is the design, and I am ordering the patches now.


Also, I will finish updating the website (putting together trail descriptions and photos from kids' hikes) in late October or early November 2019.  Thank you, everyone!  

Friday, June 7, 2019

Ripley Falls - Easy Section "Waterfalls" - with Plymouth NH GS Juniors


Note: This website is a work in progress.  Information, links, photos and trip reports will be added throughout the summer and fall (2019), as well as updates on patches.  This website should be finished by late October 2019.

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May 27, 2019

The Plymouth NH GS Juniors seemed to have a great time hiking to Ripley Falls (Easy Section), a hike in Hart's Location that is 1.1 miles round-trip.  Due to an unfortunate mix-up among other events, the Troop and I didn't end up hiking the trail together, but we hiked it mostly apart and then I combined our pictures into this post.  Also, technical problems with my phone led Mom to take the pictures this time.  I was grateful to her for doing that.

The girls heading up the trail...

As you can see, the terrain is, unsurprisingly, rocky and the grade is moderate.

Photo by Stacy Strickland

You have to cross this railroad before continuing up the trail.

Photo by Trish Herr

Photo by Trish Herr
Go left for Ripley Falls!

Photo by Trish Herr

At the waterfalls, the girls looking chipper as always:

Photo by Brooke Wakefield

Heading down...

Photo by Stacy Strickland

Taken by Trish Herr
The girls enthusiastically sang different camp songs while heading down the trail.

Photo by Trish Herr
Last group pictures of the day!

Photo by Trish Herr

Photo by Trish Herr
 The girls seemed to have a great time, and I enjoyed hiking the trail.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Bald Mountain - Easy Section "Views" - with Plymouth NH GS Juniors

Note: This website is a work in progress.  Information, links, photos and trip reports will be added throughout the summer and fall (2019), as well as updates on patches.  This website should be finished by late October 2019.
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May 11, 2019

I hiked Bald Mountain in Franconia Notch (Artists Bluff Trail with the Bald Mountain Spur), a "views" hike in the Easy section of 13 Before 13, with a Junior Girl Scout Troop from Plymouth, NH today.  We had a great time!  The girls seemed to have lots of fun.

The Girl Scouts brought their own backpacks and necessary gear for the trip.  They were chipper and excited when we began the hike, and they ascended at a quick pace, talking and laughing all the way.


At the intersection with the Bald Mountain Spur, the girls stopped for a water break.  When everyone was ready to continue, we kept going.  After the spur, the trail became rockier and steeper, but everyone handled it really well.  The girls traveled over the terrain with ease and seemed to enjoy themselves.



Then, we got to the part of the trail with the most scrambles: the section very close to the top.  Everyone got up that well, and after some slight spotting here and there, we got to the summit.

Photo by Trish Herr







The view was pretty on the clear day.


Summit pictures!





Heading down...


Coming down another part with scrambles:



Everyone seemed to have a great time, and the girls did really well!  I hope we can hike together again sometime.