My friend Beth and I took the dogs for a hike on the Appalachian Trail yesterday. We were trying to get one last hike in before snow came (and it was coming the next day). We decided to hike Moxie Bald Mountain. This is one of my favorite hikes – it is a great day hike, and is interesting the whole way up. Plus, there are a couple of great overlooks on the way up and it is just an awesome view from the top.
I should divulge (in case anyone is reading this and planning on doing this hike) that we drove to where the trail crosses a dirt road, turning a 9.6 mile hike (with a major water crossing) into a dry 4 mile hike. Considering it was freaking cold, a storm was coming in, and it was the first day of deer hunting season (note the hunter orange on all of us), we opted for the quicker trip to the top.
Disclaimer: On this hike, I always opt for the quicker trip to the top. I just didn’t want you guys to think I was a wimp.
I think photos often speak for themselves, so the rest of this is mostly wordless…mostly.
The trail is really just beautiful, deep emerald green moss cut by the trail in a forest of spruce and fir…
I mentioned it was cold…
There is this one really cool section with a bunch of huge rocks that you can climb through…
From there, you are not far from the Summit. Just a few more ledges to climb over…
Once you get to the top, it is really…well, bald. There was a fire up there at some point within the past 10 years. I was up there before the fire, then I was up there again directly after the fire when there was nothing but charcoal and charred trees. From what I heard, the fire was started by lightning, but I am not sure.
With the solid rock there, I am always amazed that trees can even grow there at all.
You walk on the exposed rock, following cairns to the summit and some really nice views.
There was once a manned fire tower here. It is pretty cool to think that it was someone’s job to live in a nearby cabin and hike up the mountain every day and sit in a metal tower looking for fires. I believe that this one was removed in the late 1970’s.
We got cold up there pretty quickly. We had our puffy coats as soon as we got to the top, and soon enough we had to get moving again to stay warm.
There is so much up there to explore, but the temperature felt like it was dropping and we knew snow was on the way, so we reluctantly turned and made our way down the mountain.
This is absolutely one of my favorite hikes, I have done this one numerous times over the years and highly recommend it to anyone visiting the area.