MORE INFORMATION: Appalachian Trail Conservancy 799 West Washington Street Harpers Ferry, WV 25425 (304) 535-6331
HIGHLIGHTS: Gentian Pond is a small alpine lake situated at 2165 feet along a ridgeline northeast of Gorham. The Appalachian Trail passes right in front of the Gentian Pond Shelter which is a small multi-level structure with two platforms for sleeping. The Camel and I were quite happy to find this shelter after climbing up 3.3 miles to the ridgeline. It was being pounded by strong winds from the south when we arrived, and the clouds were depositing their excess water on the ridge as we hiked the remainder of the day. To reach the shelter, we climbed 3.3 miles and 1700 feet from the North Road to Gentian Pond via the Austin Brook Trail which was a great place to break for lunch.
The remainder of our route followed the A.T. back to U.S. 2 scrambling up and down numerous rock formations and crossing many a bog bridge in the process. Along the way we passed Gentian, Moss, and Page Pond and also traversed the larger and more scenic Dream Lake. A large bull and cow moose startled us just before Page Pond, but ambled off as we snapped some photos. We missed the dramatic views from Cascade Mountain and Mt. Hayes due to overcast and wet conditions, and after a night at the Trident Col Campsite we returned to U.S. 2 where the A.T. crosses the road just outside of Gorham.