Saturday, Oct 17, 2020 9:30a -
Wellington Revere Beach Pkwy, Medford, MA 02155, USA
Wellington Revere Beach Pkwy
Medford, MA 02155
This is a trip unlike any other posted to Ridj-it, we won't see a lot of people. At 3,926 feet elevation, Mount Nancy is barely off the 4K list and there is not a maintained trail that goes to the top. The Nancy Brook Trail and ensuing steep herdpath is less crowded and more challenging than most of the 48. What about the haunted bit? Here is the legend of Nancy (wikipedia via google):
It was at the point where this stream, comes foaming from Mount Nancy into the great ravine that the girl whose name is given to it was found frozen to death in a shroud of snow in the fall of 1788. She had set out alone from Jefferson in search of a young farmer who was to have married her, and walked thirty miles through trackless snow between sunset and dawn. Then her strength gave out and she sank beside the road never to rise again. Her recreant lover went mad with remorse when he learned the manner of her death and did not long survive her, and men who have traversed the savage passes of the Notch on chill nights in October have fancied that they heard, above the clash of the stream and whispering of the woods, long, shuddering groans mingled with despairing cries and gibbering laughter.
The last bit up the cone of Mount Nancy from Norcross Pond is an unmaintained and very steep trail that you won't find on the current White Mountain guide, but it has great views. It's bushwhacking in a sense because there is a herd path that goes to the summit that we will try to follow but it could be faint at times. As a result, it is highly advised that you have a printed copy of this route and a compass. You can also download the route to the Gaia GPS app or Alltrails. I included a couple of map and compass video tutorials below for fellow adventurers interested. I can also impart navigation knowledge to anyone who wants to learn, just ask.
Before signing up: Please answer the following:
What is the last 8+ mile hike you did? When and where and what was the elevation gain?
Do you have experience using map and compass to navigate? (not required but would be good to know who has experience, if you don't see links to videos below).
Here is the route - https://caltopo.com/m/CATM
Map skills part 1 - https://youtu.be/NWaR_hWqm4E
Map skills part 2 - https://youtu.be/KGX8DB_3OzQ
* Hiking/trail running shoes - absolutely no sneakers (you will be turned away at the Medford parking lot!)
* 3 liters or water
* Snacks and food
* Backpack to hold your stuff
* Non cotton layers
* Rain/Wind Gear (very important)
* Insluation layer (heavy fleese or puffy jacket)
* Map of the hike (Mp provided up top)
* Emergency supplies (first aid, knife, Ibuprofen, etc)
* Compass (don't worry at least a couple of us wlll have one)
This is NOT a beginner hike so you must be in good shape and have confidence on trail and off trail hiking. You must have the supplies above or you will be turned away before leaving the carpool spot/trailhead. You are responsible for having a map of this hike; this is not a guided hike. You are joining like-minded enthusiasts and are responsible for your own safety and preparedness. Beyond that lets make this a memorable trip, with great weather. Happy hiking!