Sunday, September 15, 2019

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

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 -- -  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"

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:

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"

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:  Please join!

Matthew Sikes: The First Official Finisher

Congratulations to Matthew Sikes on completing 13 Before 13!  He is the first official finisher.