A small group of hikers headed up the Mount Washington trail system for what is likely a last outing at higher elevations before the snow arrives. Croteau Lake was our intended destination, but we all felt like a bit of adventure and so diverted onto the trail leading up (UP!) Mt Elma, which is located between Lake Helen-MacKenzie and Croteau Lake. Two of our hikers had been on the exploratory for this route last month and were intent on showing the remainder of us the wonderful views from the summit. It was a very stiff climb, but we all made it to the top and promptly fell in love with the panoramas which were to be seen on all sides. What a wonderful place this is! Well worth the effort of the climb...but it IS rather hard on the knees coming down! I would rate it in the same category as a Mt Becher hike (fair warning!)
Photos below were contributed by Dawn Moore, Steve Hill and Lindsay Sparkes. Click on the link provided by Bill Jorgensen to enjoy his photos of our day - stirling, as always!