As I approached it began to look ominous. What was rain here had been snow up there!
Nevertheless, I struck out on the Thunderbolt trail to the summit. Once I hit the snowy part, it was steep and slippery! No way I'd make it down that trail! A group of volunteers was out doing trail work, so I asked one of them what would be the best route down, and he recommended the Gould Trail.
|Laika was ahead of me all the way, but she|
very kindly waited for me to catch up.
In the background is the Veterans War Memorial
at the summit, built in 1932.
|View from the summit. Too windy to stay very long.|
I reached the summit in 2 1/2 hours, only a little longer than book time. It was quite cold and windy at the top, and I had a spot of trouble finding the Gould Trail. Silly me, I had thought there would be loads of people at the top to point the way, but Bascom Lodge (another 1930's Civilian Conservation Corps project) was closed for the season (a day early, due to the snow). But there was one intrepid and kind lady who gave me her trail map (thank you!) so I did find my way down, and the trail came out just a few yards from where I had left my car!
Here are a couple of interesting sights near the bottom of the Gould Trail:
|A pedestrian covered bridge|
|Hollow tree: opening is at least 10 feet tall.|