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Looking up the Ethan Pond Trail
Route: Ethan Pond Trail, Willey Range Trail, (Mt. Willey), Willey Range Trail, Ethan Pond Trail
After sitting around on a rainy day, I decided I had to get out and get some exercise. Not wanting to deal with high water crossings, I decided to head up to Mt. Willey via the Ethan Pond Trail.
While it was certainly raining at the start of the hike, things calmed down a bit as I reached the Willey Range Trail. Reaching the socked in summit, I planned to turn around and head down. Noticing some brighter clouds, I decided to check out the southeastern outlook just for the heck of it.
At the outlook, I noticed that I could see some of the spruce downslope. A moment later, I could swear I saw a dark spot where the Webster cliffs are. Curious, I hung around for awhile. Soon, I spotted a small patch of blue sky overhead. Sure enough, the clouds started to move out of Crawford Notch, complemented with a rainbow. It was an amazing experience, hearing the wind, watching the clouds push out and seeing the valley below emerge from a day of rain.
The descent was a bit tricky, as the roots, rocks, and logs were all a bit slippery. Nonetheless, I made it out in one piece.
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Ethan Pond Trail trailhead
Mt. Webster begins to emerge from the clouds as seen from near the summit of Mt. Willey
Directions to trailhead: Take US 302 West from Bartlett. Shortly after passing Frankenstein Cliff (on the left), the Appalachian Trail crosses. Take a left here, proceeding past the overflow parking up to the end of the paved road and the parking area. The Ethan Pond Trail trailhead is also here, almost immediately crossing the railroad tracks.
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