Twas the Day after the Solstice Hike, Braley Pond/Bald Ridge Trail Hike - December 22, 2018

submitted by Barbara Martin

The seven intrepid hikers Andre Meyer, Steve James, Susan Quinn, Claire Cline, Nancy Hanley, Marion Styles and Paul Henderson joined hike leader Barbara Martin for a jaunt into the Ramseys Draft Wilderness Area by way of Braley Pond and the Bald Ridge Trail. We started our hike skirting Braley Pond and heading out on a fire road.  Barbara was happily chatting away to Clair and missed the turn off to Bald Ridge Trail. Only a 1/2 mile was lost! We returned and turned on the trail and began climbing slowly to Bald Ridge. The trail here is quite lovely - covered with pine needles with lichen and moss making it very pretty. As we climbed the skies became grey and we saw snowflakes in the air.  We reached the top of the ridge and made a right onto Bald Ridge Trail. After 1/4 mile or so we were treated to a wonderful lunch spot, complete with a fire circle, logs to sit on and an outstanding view. We came back down the way we came with time to visit and enjoy the views again. A great time with a great group of hikers.

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