I've been wanting to start hosting monthly fitness meet ups for my friends for a while now and I finally had the first one! Okay so it ended up only being me and my sister, but it's a start!
Since I am always hosting online groups for where we are focused on our health & fitness, I really wanted to take that offline once a month so we could meet up in person! Doesn't that just sound fun? Finally meeting up with people you talk to online everyday? Getting out and doing something active that is different from your normal routine? I think so!
I chose hiking for September because it's fun, it's exercise, it's free and it's awesome to see the views at the top!
We went to Holderness NH where we hiked the Mount Morgan and Mount Percival Loop. It took us about 3 and a half hours with some breaks at the top of each peak for pictures and snacks. I didn't use an app to track our hike, but my Fitbit captured some data for us.... such as it was equivalent to 170 floors!
One of the reasons I picked this loop is because I read online about the ladders you can take on the way up. They looked SO COOL and sold me on this hike... I didn't even search for any others after seeing that. I just wanted ladders.
And I got them.
You have a choice if you want to take the ladders or take another trail to skip them (helpful if you have dogs, kids or people who are afraid of heights).
You can't see them all in that picture, but there are 3 ladders. You have to move sideways to get onto the third one and then getting from the third ladder to the rocks is kind of tricky.
Once you get to the top of the ladders you enter a little cave.
Go through your first cave and immediately get an awesome view!
The view distracts you from figuring out where to go next (follow the yellow marks on the rocks to the left)... Now you realize you need to scale rocks.... Don't listen to the group next to you talking about how sketchy the rocks are... And you get to the top of Mount Morgan!
We took a little break at the top for pictures and snacks and then continued on to find our way to Mount Percival.
You need to take a hard left pretty quickly to head to Mount Percival, so keep your eye out for the sign.
Here is where Kim belched so loudly that we both died laughing for a solid minute.
We weren't sure if we missed the peak when we passed a few small clearings, but you can't miss when you reach the next summit.
You have another choice of trail here as you start to descend - the cliffs or the caves. I didn't see any signs directing you or giving you these choices at the summit, but there were people on the top with us that directed us towards the caves (go to the right for caves and follow the yellow markings).
As you climb down you start to see that you are going to be scaling rocks that are wedged together for a little. Keep track of those yellow marks!
Next you hit a pretty tight entryway to a cave. You pass through two small entryways and enter pretty large area of a cave. It's so cool! You could hang out in there for a little while. This is natural air conditioning!
I didn't take any pictures in here because we had to keep taking off/putting on our backpacks to fit through the entryways and I really just didn't think of it. Plus the same people as earlier were talking about how sketchy the rocks are and that you are just moments from death...
Once you come out of the main cave and climb down some more rocks you are against a huge cliff wall that goes straight up to the summit. Just looking up that huge rock wall is so cool!
From here on out was a little bit easier and just your standard hike down the mountain. There were a few sections that were rocky, but nothing too difficult. If I remember correctly it was 1.7 miles from here to the bottom. Sometimes those yellow markings are hard to spot, so keep an eye out and make sure you are staying on the right trail!
I think we missed a turn because we came out at a different parking lot than where we were parked so we needed to walk about a quarter of a mile down the road to get to our lot. (We were parked in the Mount Morgan lot, which is much smaller than the Mount Percival lot.)
Overall, super fun day! And I might just be back to do it again!
Hi, I'm Jessie!
I live in NH with my husband and our pups. My favorite things are coaching Girls on the Run, eating good food that I didn't have to cook, helping other people work on their health, volunteering for and running races, watching tv, doing yoga, and spending too much time on social media. #Balance