The White Mountains, Part II: Climbing Mountains and Enjoying the View

Written by Hong

YLP starts up the trail to Cascade Falls.

YLP starts up the trail to Cascade Falls.

During our trip to the White Mountains over the weekend of March 15, 16, and 17, we got the opportunity to hike to the Cascade Falls and the Square Ledge trail. Cascade Falls was our first destination and it was a fairly short hike, only about half-a-mile there and back. To get to Cascade Falls, we had to cross a bridge over a stream and then we continued to hike up a hill until we heard the sound of the falls. The Cascade Falls were full of glaciers that had water flowing between it. It was a great sight.

Cascade Falls in winter.

Cascade Falls in winter.

The following day, we went on a two hour, one mile hike to Square Ledge on the Appalachian Trail. We hiked up many steep hills that left everyone out of breath. One of the most challenging parts of the hike was climbing up the rocking hill at the end; it required us to climb straight up hill using our hands and legs. After going through that, we managed to make it to the top and found a breathtaking view of the lodge and the mountains behind it. One of my favorite parts of the hike was climbing back down the rocky hill. It was difficult, but also exciting and fun. I have always wanted to go rock climbing and going down that hill felt like I was rock climbing. Once we made it to the bottom of the hill, everyone got to slide down which brought humor back into the group.

Made it to the top!

Made it to the top!

Thanks to YMAP for funding our trip, Nate for teaching and leading our hikes, and the microspikes for helping us get through the hikes and prevent us from falling.

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