Mt Cotton to (almost) Mt Morgan
Jasper, Heath, Scott Stuart, John Moores, Fred Knight
|Mt. Livermore||Mt. Livermore|
We had two cars and managed to communicate with intermittent cell phone coverage to orchestrate a one-way traverse of the Squam Range from SW to NE, similar to my previous one where I biked to Mt Livermore after leaving a car at Rattlesnake. After parking at the Cotton Trail head lot, we did Mt. Cotton at the start. The snow was a few inches deep, perfect for microspikes. After 5 hours, we unanimously decided to omit the jaunt up to Mt Morgan at the end. In between, we got great views of Squam. Everybody had microspikes, but the snow got to be a foot deep for the last couple miles, so the trail breakers (JD and Scott) got a workout. The sky was cloudless initially with temperatures starting at 5 deg F but rising to the balmy 20s.
Scott took some pictures as well.
~9 miles in 5.5 hours, clear skies and up to 12″ snow on the ground