Srini and Kodi led, following the cairns up the wind-swept ridge.
John, one of our hiking companions, studied the mountains in the distance.
Our friend Kevin gazed out from the summit, enjoying the day on top of one of his favorite mountains.
Kodi and I shared a hug before beginning the descent.
After taking in the last of the sweeping views from the summit we descended the way we came. The cairns were clearly visible and oh so helpful above treeline in winter.The south summit was visible in the distance. We did take in that peak, which required a short 0.1 mile (seemed like more) snowshoe hike up to the top.
The short trek to South Summit, which itself is 4,523-feet, is worth the extra few minutes. It offers some interesting views back toward Moosilauke and down into the valley below.
This view from the South Summit reveals a series of patch cuts in the forest below.
We crossed paths with fewer than two dozen people today. We expected more on this popular peak, although perhaps the wind kept them away. We had Glencliff Trail almost entirely to ourselves, except for the small woodland creatures. It was a fine day in the woods and in the wind.