I returned next day to take a few more photos from the Depot Camp clearing and from an open area off Livermore Road about a mile from the parking lot.
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I reached the parking lot around 11 AM, and there were many cars there on a nice warm winter day (XC skiing on the groomed Livermore and Tripoli roads is free). There was a nice view of Mount Tecumseh and its ski slopes from the parking area:
I wore snowshoes, and Livermore Road was solid enough that I could walk on the groomed skating area leaving no trace. Approaching the Depot Camp clearing the first peak to be seen is Flume Peak:
Once the road entered the clearing there was a better view of Flume Peak, Scaur Peak and North Tripyramid:
Zooming in on North Tripyramid:
More views required tromping around the clearing; snowshoes were essential in the surprisingly deep (and soft, on this warm day) snow. A view of the three Tripyramids:
and of Mount Osceola:
A short distance beyond the clearing the Greeley Pond Trail starts, and there was a map showing the closure:
For more detailed views of the map and text click here and here.
A short distance up the trail there is a major washout from Hurricane Irene:
Other photos of it are here and here. A bit further there were felled trees near the trail, part of the restoration project:
Beyond the washout the Scaur Trail looked well broken out. I followed it to the Mad River and found a solid snow bridge:
Further on the Goodrich Rock Trail looked broken out by both snowshoes and skis; the Timber Camp Trail just had the tracks of a solitary up and down skier. I had thought of going up it, but the snow was deep and heavy; breaking trail alone would be hard work. Just beyond that trail is the site of the washed out bridge:
The crossing was clearly doable, but I found it unappealing ... I dislike sketchy stream crossings ... so I turned around. Reaching Livermore Road I wondered what to do; going straight back to my car would mean only about three miles of snowshoeing with virtually no elevation gain. I therefore decided to continue up Livermore Road as far as my energy would take me.
After about half a mile I came to the Kettles Path which was as well broken out as the Scaur Trail had been. This got me thinking; I had done the loop of the Kettles and Scaur Trails a couple of times in the past, but had never done the short but very steep climb to the outlook. This would add roughly 1½ miles and 600 vertical feet to my day, and I felt capable of doing it. For a description of that loop in summer see Steve Smith's post: The Scaur Loop.
The Kettles Path starts off with a couple of short steep climbs, then meanders through open hardwoods at an easy grade. There are few things I enjoy more than open hardwoods on a sunny winter day; the grey trunks cast black shadows on the white snow, with a blue sky above:
and Mount Tecumseh:
After lunch I descended; there were a couple of tricky spots due to the steepness; on one I felt that the safest way down was butt sliding. From the Greeley Ponds Trail it was about a mile to my car; my GPS track showed a bit less than seven miles, with probably 600 feet of elevation gain.
Looking at the photos at home I was disappointed by several of those taken at the Depot Camp clearing, so I returned on Wednesday to take better ones (those shown are all from Wednesday). Since the ¼ mile to the Depot Camp did not qualify as even a mico-hike I continued up Livermore Road for about a mile to an area where there is a big open bowl on one side of the road and a large clearing on the other; I was sure that there would be good photo opportunities.
The view across the clearing was less than I had hoped for; all I could get was Mount Osceola through the trees:
I did, however, get some good views from the road; North Tripyramid and its slide:
all three Tripyramids (from a slightly different location):
and Snow's Mountain:
I then got on the rim of the bowl, from where I got good views of Mount Tecumseh:
and Mount Osceola:
While on the rim I heard voices on the road and saw two XC skiers; I was just able to snap a quick photo as they whizzed by going downhill:
After a leisurely lunch in the sun I made my way back to my car and then home. Two very enjoyable days in the Waterville Valley area!