NELSAP had its first 2004 hike up
Pico Mountain on July 31st. We had 8 hikers attend, a good size considering the
warm, humid conditions and chance for rain.
The hike up Pico began at the top
of Sherburne Pass on Route 4. The hike up Pico is 1800 vertical feet and 3
miles, certainly a decent hike.
|The gang at the beggining of
the hike. Back row from right to left: Ralph, Jerry, A friend of Jerry,
and Tim (Skijay). Front row from right to left: David Metsky, Betsy, and
|After hiking up the Long
Trail for under a mile and about 500 vertical feet, you come to the top
of Little Pico. Here's the top of the slide with a view of the summit in
the background. Photo by David Metsky.
||About 2/3 - 3/4 of the way
up is the rustic Pico Camp, where you can stay the night if you wish.
There are 8 bunks. We just stopped here for a few minutes to take a
break. Photo by David Metsky.
|Continuing the hike, we came
across this trail. No its not lost, but a future trail! Its the failed
Pico-Killington Interconnect, all cut and ready to go! Pretty neat to
||We arrived to the summit,
where it was windy and humid, but no rain, thankfully. Here's a shot
taken from the summit looking down the now abandoned Pico Poma liftline.
All the towers are gone but the foundations remain. Also, it appears as
if the base of the lift is still standing. Looked like a very steep
|At the summit, we found this
interesting writing on the door to the summit control room for the High
Speed Quad. Rather unusual don't you think? They must have moved the
control room, or at least the door, from Attitash, but didn't scratch
off the old name.
||After lingering at the
summit for about an hour, we descended. We decided not to take the same
trail down, but rather negotiate down ski trails. Here's a view of the
summit HSQ from about 1/2 way down. We eventually made our way back to
the top of Little Pico, and hiked down the rest of the Long Trail.
It was a great hike, good exercise,
and great company! We hope to have another in the fall!
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