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Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Bald Knob Trail
Route: Shannon Brook Trail, Bald Knob Cutoff, Bald Knob Trail, (Bald Knob), Bald Knob Trail, Bald Knob Cutoff, Shannon Brook Trail
With limited time between rain storms, I decided to do a jog up Bald Knob. Not only would it be my first trail jog in a few weeks, but it would also be the longest one I've attempted in quite some time. Nonetheless, the prospect of snow free trail, along with not having to carry a pack, was appealing.
Arriving at the Shannon Brook Trail parking area, I quickly set foot up the trail at a very relaxed pace. Three tiny patches of ice in a shaded portion of the trail would be the only form of frozen water I'd see the whole day.
I saw my first wildflowers of the year along the Bald Knob Cutoff, near the first viewpoint.
The Bald Knob Trail provided a easy final piece of the ascent, as the grassy carriage road was gentle. The views from the top were decent, though an oncoming rain storm was increasingly obscuring those to the south. Fortunately, it only sprinkled as I descended.
Not a bad route for a trail jog!
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Shannon Brook Trail trailhead
Wildflowers along the Bald Knob Cutoff
The Belknaps becoming obscured by rain, as seen from Bald Knob
Directions to trailhead: Take Route 109 South from Route 25. Bear left onto Route 171. Shortly after the main Castle in the Clouds entrance, there will be a hiker parking lot on the right side of the road. Trailhead is directly across from it.
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