Landing Camp Trail

July 3, 2017.

The last of my small hikes on this day. It is one I tried to do last fall but was unable to do due to Bog Dam Road being closed for repairs. Today the road is open and this will close out another tab on my redlining spreadsheet, Northern NH.

Only problem is I have no maps and have just a vague idea where the trailhead is located. As I keep going further and further on Bog Dam Road I slow down for every opening on my right side looking for the trail. The best I can recollect is that it is before the road swings back to the north. Finally getting more nervous that I might have missed the trail I turn on the GPS and use that to guide me to the trail. There is parking for one vehicle just north of the trailhead as I back in and set off heading down Landing Camp Trail. I know this trail sees very little use and probably only redliners and maybe the hunting crowd use this path.

 

The first portion heads slightly downhill before reaching the opening where Camp 18 once resided. Approaching it and I hear this weird sound on my left as I get near a small spruce tree. Just as I reach it a spruce grouse flies out and sets on the trail in front of me. Brave little sucker as I shoosh him off before he has any other thoughts. The little bugger threw me off as I head into the open tall weeds and forget to get a picture of the area. The trail is no where to be seen and I just go by instinct following what I think is the footbed staying to the right of the opening. It's strange but I was on the trail and on the other side is a bog bridge that has been overtaken by the growth.

 

This is definitely one of the more overgrown trails but surprisingly there has been some maintenance out here as evidenced by this set of downed trees that have been cleared. There are quite a few wet spots along the way and no way the shoes are staying dry on this trip.

 

As if the wet sections weren't bad enough other sections are very grown in where the treadway is hidden but the corridor is obvious. Reaching another meadow that is completely obscuring the trail there is a stick next to the trail.

 

I pause to check it out and one side is marked stating there are two trail cameras in the area. Looking around and I only see one directly behind me. I never saw the other camera if it still exists. Continuing across I begin to wonder of this is actually the trail or a game path due to the camera and measuring stick.

 

But as before I get reassured as the treadway can be seen off and on. Breaking out into the open where the trees are sparse and ahead of me is a peek at the eastern shoulder of Mt Weeks.

 

Through another really wet and mucky section as I hop from rock to tree limb to the tall grass sections trying to stay as dry as possible. Then it is back into some dry woods where the path looks like any other trail.

 

A few minutes after that section and I reach the end of Landing Camp Trail where the abandoned Upper Ammonoosuc Trail intersects and heads off in both directions. I couldn't remember which section brings me to the river and almost went to the left. Feeling I had had enough for today I decide to turn around and head back. It takes me the same amount of time to get back to the trailhead on the return as the mucky sections just would not let me get into a good rhythm.

 

Another tab down and it is time to head south for home. Not what I had planned for the day but it all worked out. Checking some reports when I got home and I am glad I did not go left because right is the way to go at the end of Landing Camp Trail for some views and a look at Upper Ammonoosuc River. Oh well, just another excuse to revisit this little isolated gem and who knows maybe try to follow the abandoned Upper Ammonoosuc Trail.


Final numbers: 3.8 miles, 2 hour 10 minutes.

Redline Miles: 1.9, Total to Date: 1346.3