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My climb for today was Sandwich Mountain, N.H. At 3980', to the best of my knowledge it's the tallest non-4K mountain in N.H., with 2732' of elevation gain over an approximately 3.6 mile trail to the summit.
The trail starts off with a stream crossing, then goes up. And up. And UP. It looks like 2000' elevation gain in about 1.25 miles on the AllTrails app map. It's pretty easy for the next 2 miles, with a couple ledges that give a nice view of the surrounding peaks and ridge lines, and down into Waterville Valley, then there's a steeper climb to the summit for the last 1/2 mile. The summit was VERY anticlimactic, bare rock about the size of an average bathroom. After I'd been up there for maybe 15 minutes a group came along and it was crowded like a Japanese subway LOL.
On the way down I took the trail to Jennings Peak, which was a steep 0.2 mile climb with a much better view into another valley. The hike down was slow because the roots and rocks were doing their very best to kill me, and because in order to save my right knee from being re-injured I was walking very deliberately and placing my feet so that no twisting of the knee would be necessary. This would have been a good time to use trekking poles! Or one pole, at least.
So here are the pics, they're in order EXCEPT the first one, which is the stream crossing and which I took at the end of the hike. I managed not to fall in on both crossings.