Sawyer Pond – June 20, 2014

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I may or may not have broken my little toe last week, so that means a no peak hike.  I could finally putting on hiking shoes two days ago and downs are painful, so we had to opt for an easier hike.  Hmmm, like most mornings in the Whites for us that means trying to decide where to hike and dragging out at least six books, have two computers going on blogs and maps spread around us.  We narrowed it down to Greely or Sawyer.  For some reason, that really was no reason we decided on Sawyer Pond.  Off we headed…

We traveled 4 and 1/2 miles on Sawyer River Road, arrived at parking and hiked to our first backcountry lovely.  This was an easy 1.5 mile hike.

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In the first .3 miles you cross two bridges.

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Along the way you walked side by side with the Sawyer River.

 

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The trail was easy and delightful, with a few muddy spots, put that made the rock hopping all the more fun.

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Along the way Lady Slippers posed, waiting to be captured by the hiking paparazzi.

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Around 1.4 miles we reached Sawyer Pond. We went right first across a waterway to check out the views from that side first.

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The views to the right were pretty.  However the trail didn’t go far, so we headed back towards the shelter.

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Back over the water crossing we went and started to take in the stunning views of Mt. Tremont and Owl’s Cliff.

 

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The shelter had a couple hanging out, fishing for the day.

 

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We spent a little more time wandering around the pond, soaking in the beauty of the view and being the food of choice for the mosquitoes.

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This was a gem of short hike.  Easy on my toe, great warm up for a longer hike tomorrow and most  of  all beauty all around us.  It was short, 3 miles, time was under 2 hours and the trail was not technical.  If you are looking for an easy hike, full of beauty, I would highly recommend a hike out to Sawyer Pond.

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