This weekend I spent both days doing hikes off of Cedar River Road, west of Indian Lake. Saturdays hike was Little Moose Mountain (3620'). I parked the car at campsite #9 and began my bushwhack. I was looking for a trail labeled "Butter Brook Trail" (as shown on the National Geographic map), but is most be long gone for for the most part. I saw remnants here and there, but not much is left.
|Lots of soft moss.|
I crossed the small Butter Brook in one leap and rock hopped over the Moose River. After the river, I picked up the drainage that leads to a small pond high on the west shoulder of Little Moose Mountain. I usually try and check out ponds or other features along the way. This pond turned out to be worth the stop.
|A nice small pond high on the shoulder of Brown Mountain.|
I continued on past the pond and I found the woods to be open for the most part. After 2.5 hours of hiking, I was on top of Little Moose Mountain. The first bump that I thought was the summit bore on indications of such so I pushed on down the ridge. Soon I found a tiny ledge that offered the view below. Rev and I had started our hike at 9:30 and now it was noon so we stopped for lunch. I was enjoying the sunshine on the day which had a forecast of cloudy.
|I believe that is Lost Pond in the distance.|
When it was time to head down, I took a little bit of a different route. I came to some large cliffs with some split rock that could be walked through if you could get in. Once down at the bottom, I found a way in. It looked just like an open doorway.
|Isn't this cool?|
|Another look at the opening.|
Soon I hit some even bigger cliffs so I had to work my way back over to my ascent route to be able to get down.
|The colors looked more vibrant that this picture indicates.|
|Rev gave chipmunk chasing a valiant effort.|
|A small pond near Butter Brook.|
We got back to the car at 3 PM. I spent an hour getting out the campsites and settled on #20. I looked like a new site. It had a new fire pit, outhouse and picnic table. Even better yet, the previous camper had left a nice supply of wood. It saved me from spending time foraging.
|South Branch Moose River|
|Cedar River Road|
|At home at campsite #20.|
I fed the Rev and set up the tent. I got the campfire going about 5:30. At 6 PM, I heard someone fire off about 6 shots. It was enough to scare Rev (who had already climbed into the tent). She went into the car to hide. I sat out and enjoyed a nice fire until 9 PM then I grabbed Rev and we turned in to the tent. Sunday would be a big day with a trio of peaks planned.
|A relaxing and warming fire.|
Hike Distance: 8.2 miles
Hike Time: 6 hours
Total Vertical Gain: ~2000'
|The hike route and the location of campsite #20.|
|The route on National Geographic|