Started at Shepherd lake. Misty, humid, and buggy. Only a few other hikers on the trail. Lost the trail when crossing the pipeline as it was really overgrown. Was able to find the trail by seeing the rocky path underneath the growth. Cloudy but still a pretty good view at the summit.
The parking near the Mt. Tammany loop was packed so my hiking partner and I parked at the Karamac parking area on Old Mine Road and took Farview and the AT to the Mt. Tammany loop doing it counter clockwise. We had the parking area to ourselves and the first part of the hike was very peaceful. The loop part was very crowded but it was still fun and the views were nice. We attempted to take the Mount Tammany fire road to the true summit but the trail was very overgrown and we were unable to leave the trail to find the summit but we got close! The parking area was full when we got back to our car and we explored some ruins on the Karamac trail before driving further up Old Mine road passing an old school house and many more ruins. I will definitely have to come back to do some more exploring and more peaks in the area!
We parked in P7 and went up to the peak on the Terrace pond north trail. There were a ton of super tiny frogs hopping around in the lower shaded sections of the trail. We did a short and very overgrown bushwhack to the true summit which had an official metal “US Coast and Geodetic Survey” marker. (Pictured is me sitting with the marker) Then we hiked around Terrace Pond and down the way we came up. It was a very pretty hike, pond, and forest and the floating bridge and ladder were neat. We only found one tick as opposed to the 20 we found two weeks ago at Big Beech Mountain. Also thank you to Doc for the encouraging words after my Big Beech Mountain hike which was my first “bagged peak”!
Big Beech Mountain
We parked at the Longpond Museum and only saw two other people on the Stirling Trail up to Big Beech mountain. The trail was well marked but muddy in spots and a bit overgrown. The viewpoint to the south was nice but we failed to find the other viewpoint.
Around the summit I climbed to the top of what appeared to be the tallest rock pile around but I did not know there was a small cairn somewhere very nearby marking the “true summit”. I kinda feel like I didn’t actually make it since I didn’t see this marking but all of this is just for fun anyway. I will be sure to check the previous summit comments before I go to the next mountain to see if there is some sort of marking to look for on the summit.
Then we proceeded to take a picture over the state line and go back the way we came. My hiking partner and I flicked about 20 ticks off of our legs and arms between the two of us and we were wearing bug spray. So far we have pulled 7 off of our poor dog and found a few that hitchhiked into the house on our gear. I’ve never encountered ticks like this on any other hike so I’d recommend taking every precaution, wearing bug spray, and going in the cooler months. It definitely gave me to creeps because I hate ticks but I still really enjoyed this hike.