November 16, 2013.
After hiking Livermore Trail there was plenty of time left in the day to do a short excursion. Seeing how I was on the Kancamagus Highway anyways it only made sense to stop at the Discovery Trail on the way back towards Lincoln. The Discovery Trail is a short 1.3 mile loop next to the road loaded with information.
At the beginning of the trail a pamphlet is available to take with you while you walk the trail. The trail is handicap accessible with wide paths and gentle terrain through the woods.
Every hundred yards or so there are stations to stop and read about the surroundings. The pamphlet also points out items of interest along the way to look at and educate. Along the way is one of my favorite items to find in the woods. A bonus is that it is split into threes, a good size glacial erratic!
Just beyond and a perfect shot of all four Osceolas from the trail. So far I have only done the two on the left, East Osceola and Osceola as they are trailed. The other two would be bushwhacks and maybe some day I will attempt them.
Up at the next station I discover something I did not know. Bears love beechnuts (not the chewing gum or baby food) and climbing a tree to get to them is no challenge. Note the claw marks up the side of this tree.
The trail winds down towards a softwood forest and a White Pine that is over 90 years old. Not sure when the pamphlet was written or updated but it is quite possible the tree is over 100 years old now.
The view looking up the trunk of the tree.
For just 1.3 miles this little trail is packed with info about the diversity and stewardship of the woods. If not for being on my red-lining list I most likely would have never come to this little gem. That is one of the great things about this project is I have to go to places I normally wouldn't and see things the peak baggers usually don't take the time to go and see.
Final numbers: 1.3 miles, 1 hours and 25 minutes.
Redline Miles: 1.3, Total to Date: 442.3