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Saturday November 02 2019 Smarts Mountain Hike by Nancy Schulz

Four hikers car pooled to Lyme, New Hampshire via a scenic route on a bright, calm, cloudless day with temps in the 40s. We set off on the Lambert Ridge Trail (the current AT) shortly before 10:00 am. Between the trailhead and the summit, our route offered several nice vistas with occasional patches of ice on the rocks. After four miles, we reached the summit of Smarts Mountain and enjoyed lunch in the sun outside the ranger cabin. Then, we climbed the fire tower and had the luxury of a glass-enclosed platform on the top from which we tried to identify the many mountains visible in all directions. We descended via the Ranger Trail, the former AT, passing the garage that was built in the woods once upon a time to house the ranger's car. After our eight-mile round trip, we were back at the trailhead at 4:00.
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Summit Photo (Photo by Phyllis)
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Remains of a Telephone Pole in the Ranger Trail (Photo by Phyllis)
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Needle ice in the trail (Photo by Phyllis)
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Icicles in a rock (Photo by Phyllis)
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What is this metal contraption? (Photo by Phyllis)
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