We decided that we would keep it "simple" and hike the entirety of the Baldface Circle Trail, which loops over both main peaks of Baldface, with miles of mostly above-treeline ledge walking along the NH-ME border. The first stretch of trail to the Circle Junction is flat and was an easy warm-up. At the junction, a side spur leads a short way to Emerald Pool, a worth while diversion.
|Emerald Pool matches the jacket!|
|Inlet to Emerald Pool|
|Ascending the South Baldface Ledges|
|Flintstone Furniture approaching South Baldfcae|
|Baldface Knob Trail Junction|
|North Baldface dead ahead.|
|Mount Washington towering over the end of the Wildcat Range|
|Sable Mountain, a trail-less peak near South Baldface.|
|Leaving for North Baldface|
|Looking ahead to North Baldface from the main col on the ridge.|
|Looking back towards South Baldface from the main col.|
|More views: across the Wild River Wilderness towards the Carters and Presidentials.|
After dropping off North Baldface and continuing along the ridge for a while, we began the descent down, which was initially fairly steep (though nowhere near as steep as the ascent to the ridge had been), and then eased up. The rest of the descent was uneventful aside from seeming to never end, and shortly before sunset we were back at the cars.
|Time to head down.|