Back in March, when we explored the Camden Snow Bowl’s Hosmer Brook trail on snowshoes, we knew we had to come back and survey the area during the warmer seasons. A perfect, sunny day near the end of June proved to be the right moment for this adventure.
Rounding the rental shack, we began our climb on one of the ski slopes heading up Ragged Mountain. The area was now covered with daisies and cow vetch, and I even spotted a patch of Narrow-leaved Blue-eyed Grass along the side of the mowed path.
Occasionally, the trail looped off into the woods before quickly returning to the open slop. After meandering along these curves for a short time, we realized that the loops were actually meant for mountain bikes, so we stayed on the straight path until we reached a loop that did not return to the main trail.
Once in the woods we followed the brook for a short period of time. June had been extremely dry this year, so there was very little water running in Hosmer Brook. It had been dry enough that everyone was talking about it and hoping that the area would get a good soaking soon.
We kept climbing until we reached the Hosmer Brook Loop trail, where we decided to walk the circle in a counter-clockwise direction. Along this section of trail, I discovered an Indian Root Cucumber sill in bloom, probably the last one of the season. Further on we also found some flowering Wood Sorrel.
More than halfway around the loop, the trail intersected with another path that would eventually meet up with the George’s Highland Path. The last time we had reached this point, we realized that the uphill adventure on snowshoes had been a bit too strenuous and rather than attempt to reach the summit we would just complete the loop and call it a day. On this day in June, however, we decided to continue on to the George’s Highland Path.
This section of trail continued a steady incline up the mountain. We knew it was somewhat steep based on the number of stops we needed to make to catch our breath, and there were many. We had also come to that point in our lives when we realized that it was far better to slow down the pace and be able to reach our destination than to try to keep up with the younger set and have to bail. This slower pace enabled us to discover things we would not have enjoyed if we just raced to the top. In addition to the wildflowers, I spotted something rather large fly through the woods and land on a distant branch. I focused on that branch for just a few seconds before finding the owl. When I bent down slightly to get a better view through the nearby branches, it amused me to see the owl turn its head and hunch down a little to get a better look at me.
As we continued our upward journey, I began to wonder if I was going to make it to the top. My hip was beginning to bother me but we decided to take as many stops as we needed to try and reach our destination. After some time, we finally reached the ledge and the George’s Highland Path. We sat on the ledge for a bit, enjoying the antics of a pair of Eastern Tiger Swallowtails as we ate our snack. We decided that the summit was beyond our capabilities and headed back down towards the Hosmer trail and home. The summit would have to wait for another day.