|Nice view from the "summit" of Upper Frankenstein Cliff|
Mt Hedgehog is on the "52 with a View" list, maintained by the Over the Hill Hikers of Sandwich, NH. It certainly earns its spot with an imposing view of Mt Passaconaway which looms over its comparatively short summit. Additionally there's a direct view of most of the eastern Kanc Highway and notch. Its also mostly a loop hike which is always a bonus.
|Arethusa Falls, NH|
|Mt Washington and a view of the Valley of the Dry River|
I was in no condition for ice climbing but I couldn't resist a nice hike around the famous Frankenstein Cliff. I didn't realize that although it's better known for some excellent ice, the cliff is also a great hike. This is another 6 mile hike and although its steeper than Mt Hedgehog, there are rewarding views of about a dozen ice falls and Arethusa Falls. The "summit" of Frankenstein Cliff has the above pictured view of Mt Washington and the southern Presidentials. For a newly-Midwestern person like me, it evoked many memories of all my times hiking in this part of New Hampshire. Its was a poignant hike.
This hike can also be best done as a loop with Arethusa Falls. It scarcely adds any distance to the trip and the short walk off the main trail brings in view New Hampshire's largest waterfall, frozen. I've frequented Arethusa many times despite the fact that its no secret to anyone. Ice Climbing it ranges from simple WI3 to multipitch mixed routes. It was a good place for me to learn.
I would have liked to have done a 4,000 footer during my time back in ME/NH but it wasn't in the cards this trip. I look forward to returning some time in the early summer for some further peakbagging.
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