There is nothing like starting your day with a 1,100-foot climb over a little more than a mile, but I knew that after the climb, it was smooth sailing for the rest of the day. So, after eating breakfast and breaking camp, I started the root covered climb to the top of Pleasant Pond Mountain. At the open summit, I was rewarded with spectacular views of the forests around me along with all of the blueberries I wanted to eat. Although the skies were overcast, the weather was pleasant at the peak with no rain in the forecast.
The descent from Pleasant Pond Mountain was a gentle, if sometimes rocky, hike and the miles melted away as I made my way down to the valley. Along the way, I passed through a variety of forest types as the trail left the alpine zone of the summit and lead toward the large coniferous trees growing at the lower elevations. At the bottom of the descent I hiked by Moxie Pond and rock hopped over Baker Stream, the outlet for the pond. The water flow from the outlet was somewhat stagnant due to the lack of recent rain, but I needed water and filled my water bottle here even though it was not an ideal water source.
From Baker Stream, I continued hiking through what had become a more deciduous forest. The trail through this section was smooth and it was a decidedly agreeable hiking experience. At one point, the trail passed along the edge of a beaver bog that is the subject of the featured picture for this blog post. I don’t know what kind of grass was growing in the bog, but it was an amazingly green hue that contrasted nicely with the surrounding trees.
After hiking just nine miles, I arrived at the Bald Mountain Brook Lean-to and decided to stop there for the night. It had been a quiet and uneventful hike and I didn’t encounter another hiker the entire day. However, after setting up my tent, other hikers started to flow into the tenting area and now it looks like it is going to be a full house tonight. I probably should have continued down the trail to the next shelter which is four miles away, but stopping here sets me up for another 1,100-foot climb in the morning.
Date: August 30, 2017
Starting Location Pleasant Pond Lean-to
Ending Location: Bald Mountain Brook Pond Lean-to
AT Miles Today: 9.0