Despite its name, the Slippery Brook Trail is not as slippery as the more popular route (via Baldface Circle Trail) to the top of South Baldface. Although the Slippery Brook route is a mile longer, we chose it last Sunday for several reasons: far fewer hikers choose this route (we like the solitude); it is easier on the knees (and our dogs) as the Baldface Circle Trail requires scaling several tricky ledges which are slippery when wet; and it provides access to Baldface Knob--one of my favorite spots on the entire Baldface Ridge.
Slippery Brook Trail--despite no views along the 3-mile length
to the Baldface Knob Trail, it is still very scenic.
And the views from Baldface Knob are some of the best on the Baldface Ridge.
Starting the climb to the summit of South Baldface from the junction of
Baldface Knob and Baldface Circle Trails.
A clear view west to Mount Washington from the summit of South Baldface.
Srini, nephew Sid, and Kodi enjoy views from atop South Baldface.
On the way to North Baldface.
Kodi takes a rest along the Baldface Circle Trail.
Our promo for Clif bars and Bear-Paw Regional Greenways.
Nephew Reid with a stunning backdrop of the Wild River Wilderness.
Kodi takes another rest-he likes the scenic spots.
We descended via the Bicknell Ridge Trail, which offers many more scenic overlooks, but is a little hard on the knees during a descent. We were all a little sore after 14 mile hike day before and this one topping out at 10 miles.
Although it wasn't a blue sky weekend--mostly cloudy, except over South Baldface--it was a fine weekend in the Whites, whether atop a bald mountain or crossing bog bridges in swampy spruce-fir forest.