On Friday we had a “Mountain Day” at work. Which basically means if we wanted to hike we could. So most of us did.
It was a gorgeous fall day, and we all met at 8am. We planned on hiking to Avery Peak via the Safford Brook Trail ~ 4.1 miles one way. Avery Peak is part of the Bigelow Mountain Range, one of the prettiest ranges in the western Mountains of Maine.
The first 2 or so miles of the hike was pretty gradual and went quickly. We followed the blue blazes that mark the Stafford Brook trail. When we hit the Appalachian Trail things picked up a bit.
At least that is what we told Les. The trail goes around this rock formation, but we found some cool caves to play in. I might have been the only one who played. Shiney things distract me.
After I was done screwing around, we continued to hike up the trail. From here it continually climbs, and there are a number of false summits but the entire way is gorgeous.
Once we got above treeline, we could see forever. I get pretty excited as I get closer to a summit, especially on a gorgeous day. I walk faster and faster, running like I am going to miss something if I do not hurry up and get there.
I am kind of like a dog that way.
This is what I mean about it being gorgeous above treeline:
We made it to the top…
…and it just got better.
We spent quite a bit of time on top taking pictures and enjoying the view. We all ate what we brought for a snack or lunch. It started to get pretty cold because of the wind, and regrettably, it was time to head the 4+ miles back down to our trucks.
The trip down was pretty uneventful, but went by fairly quickly. We were back to our trucks right around 2pm.
I would say we spent about 5 or so hours hiking (~3 up, ~2 down) and the rest of the time stopping at viewpoints or caves or whatever shiney thing I saw and made everyone stop for. I highly recommend this trip if you want a solid day hike that provides you with a tremendous view.