With cascading rock gardens
Of soft moss and ferns
~ Lynn Thomas Amber
That pretty much describes the Valley Trail that leads from the Beech Mountain parking lot and defines the first leg of a clockwise loop hike up and over Beech Mountain. I love this mile-long hike along Valley Trail through large moss and fern- covered rocks and cliff faces. I feel like I’m walking through an enchanted forest – a modern day Forest of Fangorn and would not be surprised to hear the Ents – shepherds of the forest – start talking to me! I expected fairy-like creatures to emerge at any moment from behind the rocks to guide me along the path! 🙂
It was windy at the summit of Beech Mountain. And, in the distance, localized rain clouds were visible. I did not linger long at the top – and it was a very gusty descent down the ridge trail to the parking lot. The views of Long Pond were just as magnificent as ever – wind and all.