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Hiking The ‘Shannon Brook Trail’ At ‘Castle In The Clouds’, Moultonboro, N.H.

by Anura Guruge


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It was the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend. It was a picture perfect day in terms of New Hampshire weather. We wanted to do something ‘outside’ and the ‘Castle‘ came to mind. That we were going to dinner at Giuseppe’s in Meredith in the evening made it a ‘no brainer’. We could just do a loop of the Lake. And that is what we did.

Though we had free tickets for the ‘Castle‘ from ‘Volunteer Day‘ none of us wanted to tour the ‘Castle’ again. We have all visited it at least six times. So, we just wanted to enjoy the grounds. Found this hike. Nice and easy as hikes go and you can still visit the waterfall. So, great value. I enjoyed it. I had already walked/run 3 miles in the morning. So, I wasn’t too concerned that it was not overly long. Still ended up doing 20,000 steps for the day. I am cool with that.

This trail, as you can see from the maps, parallels the ‘paid entrance’ auto road for much of the way. You are not allowed to walk on the auto road — autos only. So, for folks like us who want to hike this is the way to do it. You can see the road from many places on the trail. You could cut across if you wanted. SMILE.


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The Raw, Rugged Grandeur Of ‘Canyon de Chelly’ — “White House Trail”, South Rim.

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Back to showcasing the undeniable grandeur of this magical place. Check out my entire series. I even have some videos, e.g., ‘Hiking the White House Trail‘.


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The Raw, Rugged Grandeur Of ‘Canyon de Chelly’ — “Junction Overlook” On The South Rim.

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Continuing the series. This is the fifth picture, NOT counting all the ones I posted as ‘Picture of the Day‘. Please check those out too. Enjoy. Also checked out the ‘Hiking the White House Trail‘ video I posted two days ago.


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The Raw, Rugged Grandeur Of ‘Canyon de Chelly’ — South Rim, By The “White House” Ruins.

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Continuing the series. This is the fourth picture, NOT counting all the ones I posted as ‘Picture of the Day‘. Please check those out too. Enjoy. Also checked out the ‘Hiking the White House Trail‘ video I posted yesterday.


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The Picture Of The Day (Sony a6500) + 6 Also-Rans — September 9, 2017 (Castle In The Clouds).

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The Picture Of The Day (Sony a6500) + 6 Also-Rans — September 3, 2017 (Acadia Day 3).

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The Fairy Houses Of ‘Monhegan Island’, Maine.

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We did not know about these amazingly creative and cute Fairy Houses until we serendipitously stumbled upon them — quite literally. Having hiked the west side of Monhegan Island we were heading back to the ‘Island Inn‘ (where we were staying) via the ‘Cathedral Woods‘ trail. See map below.

The first one we noticed was a wooden wreath-like structure, at eye-level, mounted on a tree — in what was a natural clearing in the woods. Then we started to realize that we were surrounded by Fairy Houses of all shapes, sizes and creativity. All along the trail for about 100 yards, on both sides and some set well back from the trail. There were even some built along a small stream. Very clever. Nice touch.

I, however, immediately knew that the ‘guardians’ of this MAGICAL island (viz. the ‘Monhegan Associates‘) would not be too happy about this proliferation of human construction. On my many trips to Acadia I had learned that building of stone cairns, a popular pastime for some, is significantly frowned upon (and could even land you in ‘trouble’ if you got caught). I was RIGHT in my contention. ‘They’ would rather that no Fairy Houses were built along the trails — BUT to be magnanimous it has been decided that IF they are to be built it has to be JUST ON that stretch of the ‘Cathedral Woods’ trail.

It appears that I have 117 pictures (at least) of the Fairy Houses of Monhegan Island! See below. I have only posted 30 above. So, I still have 87 more left. I will try and do another post soon. So much more I want to post about this island.


Monhegan Island Fairy House trail map Anura Guruge

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The 117 pictures I have of 
the Fairy Houses of Monhegan Island.

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“Locke’s Hill Trail”, Gilford, NH — A Mini (But Rewarding) “Mount Major”.

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From Google Maps, of course — who else? Click image to access Google Maps at this ‘point’.


Locke’s Hill” in Gilford like “Knight’s Pond” in Alton is an oft overlooked by folks looking for a ‘not-to-hard’, BUT rewarding hike on ‘this side’ of Lake Winnipesaukee. “Locke’s Hill” trail, like the much more famous “Mount Major” in Alton is on Route 11, about 6 miles apart. See map above.

“Locke’s” is a definite, v. kid friendly, alternative to “Mount Major” — the views from the top not that dissimilar. “Locke’s” at 1.9 miles of hiking is exactly half as long as “M.M.”, and at 1,057′ its elevation is 728′ less than that of its ‘big cousin’. On a difficulty scale of 1-5, if “M.M” is a 4 “Locke’s” is probably 1.25. If you go up “Quarry Trail” on the left of the Trailhead and come down via the “Lakeside Trail” the only real (slightly) steep places you will encounter is on the way down!

We, I and the two kids, did “Locke’s” on Monday evening when the temp. was in the high 70s. It is shady and cool. Totally deserted (as it tends to be). We encountered one other group and that was when we were nearly back at the car park. In contrast there were about 8 cars at “M.M.”. When I lived in Gilford, less than 1.5 miles away, I did this trail quite a bit, often with Ulysses.

Easy, fun, rewarding hike. The stone seats are cool. Unlike “Knight’s” it is very quiet and peaceful until you are nearly back to the car park — at which point you hear the traffic on Rte 11.

At the v. top, by the red tower do NOT take the wide track with what are tire-tracks from the tower maintenance vehicles. Instead either GO STRAIGHT ahead or find the narrower foot-path which is the “Lakeside Trail”. Otherwise you will miss the views of the Lake! Do not go back along the “Quarry Trail” following the signs to the car park. You will miss the Lake again! Yes, the signage could be better at the top. But now you have been warned.


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Mount Major Trail, Alton, New Hampshire On Memorial Day, 2015.

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Reminded me of the tattered prayer flags you see in Nepal. Somebody must have tried to recreate that. Cute.



From “Belknap Range Trails”. Click image to access ‘belknaprangetrails.org’ posting — which is excellent — for these trails.

From “All Trails”. Click image to access ‘alltrails.com’ post for these Mt. Major trails.


This was actually the first time we have been all the way up to the Summit! It was good. Very rewarding. Wonderful views.

Click for brief Wikipedia entry for Mount Major.

We have, of course, given that we have lived in Alton, N.H., since 2007, ventured on the trail — but we never made it all the way because one or more of the kids would ‘give up’. Not so yesterday, Memorial Day. Devanee, having been to a birthday party in West Alton (and having been driven there, at her request, in her 1968 Green MGB), was having a ‘down day’. So I asked Teischan what she wanted to do. She said she wanted to go on a hike. That was good. Of late, now 9, she is becoming quite the tourist — and I am delighted. Yes, we had hiked the 2.5 mile, 600′ vertical drop, ‘White House Trail‘ when we were at Canyon de Chelly. She had enjoyed that. I was going to go to my old stomping ground, ‘Locke’s Trail‘ in Gilford — which I/we used to hike often, with Ulysses, when we lived in Gilford.

On Sunday, driving Devanee to West Alton, I had seen that Mount Major was packed. Cars parked on the side of Rte 11, about 1/4 in length each way — in both directions. So that was about a mile of parked cars — not counting the 50 or so that can be accommodated in the parking lot. Lot of cars, lot of people.

So as I was driving along, which must have been around 2:30 pm (because I had to do some book work before we set forth), I said “lets do Mount Major if it isn’t full”! It wasn’t. Most people had headed home. There were people. The parking lot was full — though we did find a place. You met a fair number of people and dogs but they were spaced apart. It was DEFINITELY not like being on an escalator — which is what it must have been on Sunday.

Interesting hike — and we only did the Blue, Main Trail to the top. Most of it is a walk in the park. Then towards the end it gets STEEP and you have to scramble up some granite scrabble ledges. A bit tricky. I had already done my 2.5 mile run up and down Prospect Mountain Road that morning! But I need all the exercise I can get. So it was a bit tiring on the ol’ knees. The dogs had gone on the run too. Taking Maya, on a lead, and having the Canon T3i (around the neck), was an impediment. Could have enjoyed it much more if my hands were free. But it was fun. Deanna, despite her bad back and bad leg, made it in the end, though it was a challenge. But she enjoys being able to finish a hike — all her doctors telling her that she must walk and that she must exercise.

Definitely recommend it. It is challenging at the end but rewarding. Give it a spin. You might even see us, given that I get a feeling that we might do this again.

Oh, it was overcast and cloudy and there was always a hint of rain. Would have preferred a brighter day at the top BUT that would have made it hotter. The prospect of getting caught in the rain worried me slightly. The granite ledges, when wet, would be dangerous. Plus the Canon T3i is NOT weatherproof! Must get a weatherproof camera.


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