The weather was ideal today for an early morning hike up Pemetic Mountain. The route I take is best done in May and June before the park shuttle bus starts to run. I park at the Bubble Pond Parking Lot (which is closed once the shuttle runs) and hike up the North Ridge and complete a counter-clockwise loop up and over the summit and down the South Ridge trail. Hooking up with the Bubble and Jordan Pond Trail, I traverse along Bubble Pond and back to the starting point. The mile climb up the steeper North side gets your heart rate up in a hurry! This is one of my favorite hikes in the park. I only passed one couple along the trail during the entire 5-mile hike – gotta love the off-season!
Today I was keeping an eye out for emerging plant life and I found plenty subtle surprises along the trail!