The afternoon sun was warm on our shoulders as we packed up our things at the ranger’s cabin in Tuckerman Ravine. It was time for our sandwiches to kick in and give us the boost we needed to reach the top. Even our lab, packed with enough energy for the entire group, had a snack. With a few corners and some elevation gain, the peak became clear over the treetops. Soon, above tree line, Angel Falls came into sight. As a not-so-well-world-traveler the falls is one of the largest I’ve seen – hopefully impressive to all who pass by.
Reaching the top of the falls, we fill up our water bottles. After hours of seemingly hopping from rock to rock – the hiking turns to bouldering. Progress slows to a complete hault as Casco, our retriever, struggles to climb each rock. The distance for him to jump becomes too much. Combined with damp rocks, we chose safety and headed back towards the car. Only a mile or so from the peak is a hard one to swallow – but the views were beautiful and the exercise would be felt the next morning. Best of luck on your next hike!