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    Bayle Mtn., in the Ossipees, April 18th

    Thanks to Rocket21 for posting a recent TR about this beautiful mountain. It's about dead center of the Ossipee volcanic ring dike (OWIC). The trailhead is difficult to find. I found it off of Bayle Mtn. Road after a little searching.

    a short distance into the woods...trilliums!!!







    The trail climbs steadily through beech and oaks and boulders to the summit. It's a great short hike to a broad ledgy summit with wonderful views...






    moose were enjoying the views at some time...






    I've never seen so much moose and bear sign on a summit. The bears must be attracted to all the blueberries that grow on the summit of a mountain loaded with beech and oak...





    heavily browsed moose maples on the summit...






    view eastish...






    view westish...






    continued...
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    I bushwacked off the summit around the north and east and then south as I made my way down...

    animal sign on a beech tree, knee-high...






    more nibling on beech tree saplings.... porcupines?...






    after a moose falls, the last thing to remain is a pile of fur...






    more moose sign...








    a nice warm spring hike!!! This hawk was hunting along Pine Hill Road in the afternoon...






    happy trails
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    Super-great stuff, Patrick! With that type of hiking & bushwhacking, you truly live up to your namesake of being a “Forestgnome”

    Thanks for sharing . . . I love your hikes and your photos!

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    Awesome! I'm glad you were able to finally make it out to the Ossipees! Indeed there is quite a lot of evidence of animal life around that awesome summit area - I think a bear frequents it in the summer, based upon what I've seen while picking blueberries up there

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    Nice TR and pics!
    I took a similar shot of some moose fluff friday, on skookumchuck.

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    Thanks, all. Steve-O, looks like the remains of a moose after the critter had their meals.

    I accidently put a few images on this TR that belong to another one I was trying to do late Saturday night. They belong to a hike to a moose area off the Kanc.

    Thanks again, Rocket, for the TR on this mtn.

    happy trails

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