Views from the Top . . . Mount Kearsage

Date of Hike: 12/27/14

Mount Kearsage North Trail: 6.2 miles (2,600 feet elevation gained)

Trip Report:
- The original plan was to get up early and hike Mount Moriah before Whintey had to head to work, however, I needed a little more sleep than usual so we headed up Mount Kearsage to get some great views from the summit tower.
- Kearsage reminds me of some of the lower 4,000 foot mountains, as it has a decent amount of elevation gain with some nice semi open slab hiking.  The trail has decent footing the whole way as it travels through open hardwoods then up through a pine forest.
- The weather was warm and sunny for late December and we lucked out by starting our hike literally just before everyone else.  We got to enjoy the tremendous views from the outlook tower all by ourselves as we relaxed inside the tower, which smelled like weed!
- Views from the tower are great in every direction, the Moats are to the south and the Presidential Range was rising high above and behind Carter Notch still covered in snow.
- After a nice break on the summit we stormed back down the mountain where we ran into almost fifty hikers on their way up!

 Along the Kearsage Trail
 The upper part of the trail still has a decent amount of snow on it
 The cool tower on the summit!
 Late morning sun shining brigh over Mount Kearsage
 Mount Kearsage Tower
 Views from the top
 Looking at to the Moat Mountain Range
 The Baldfaces
 Cater Notch
 Mount Washington
Black Mountain and the Presidential Range
Route for the day

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