I am back from vacation, with that return comes the not so stunning realization that the star-dusty sheen has worn off my new job and I have returned to spending much of my work day staring into the abyss and reading trail journals of thru hikers. Don't get me wrong I knew this moment would come I just wish it hadn't come so soon.
Fortunately my vacation offered me a respite from all of this as well as an opportunity to get out on some trails myself. I even ended up getting in an uphill walk close to the AT in with my girlfriend, which was more than I was expecting to get over the course of my vacation.
Uphill walking? You mean hiking right?.....no, I mean uphill walking.
The Flume Gorge is like a step into the set of Jurassic Park (which is fitting seeing as the Gorge was supposedly formed during the Jurassic Period). It's a massive slice into the side of Mount Liberty that has a fairly elaborate walking path that will take you past 100 foot waterfalls and through the gorge. I walked the path with my girlfriend who was amused by the fact that the visitors center warned about stairs and 'Uphill Walking'.
We couldn't have picked a better time or a better day. It was hot and the Gorge was filled with tourists, but the air channeled through the gorge was cool and we beat the rush and had a relatively un-interrupted walk through the Gorge and back down to the visitors center.
I would really recommend this trip for families and just about anyone that can handle the 'stairs and uphill walking' that they warn about at the visitors center, for such a small amount of effort this $18 dollar trek is well worth it for the pay off you receive of multiple waterfall views including one that is about 100 feet tall.
After getting out of the Gorge we turned around in a parking lot with signage suggesting access to the AT and headed to neighboring Lincoln NH to eat at a resurant known as Gypsy Café. It has a great atmosphere and the food was amazing, I had a Himayalan Hamburger Pita coupled with a Woodstock Inn 4000 Footer IPA (Which happen to be three of my favorite things). It was a great way to cap off our morning spent 'uphill walking'.
Time: 2 Hours
Avg. Speed: 0.6 MPH