Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest & the VB Rocks

The Hubbard Brook Forest is one of two research stations inside White Mountain NF. The place is dotted with weather stations, thesis projects and woodpeckers.



There is no logging within the research station and hasn’t been for decades. As a result, the forest is mature. Dead trees like this one turn into lunch counters for insect eating birds.

Hubbard Brook is within easy reach of I-93.


This particular hill has a view of the highway, but who wants to look at that? Here is the the steep slope on the other side, the ‘dark side of the moon’ if you will.steep_slope

It seems that I constantly encounter these boulders along nameless ridges that are just waiting to be climbed. New Hampshire is the Granite State, after all. This particular rock is about a foot taller than me.

I used the rock and the tree trunk to the left for leverage to climb up and slid down the back where the drop was steeper but shorter.

About a hundred yards away I found this larger boulder. Good thing I had already indulged my compulsion to climb.


I found this woodpecker tree on my way out. The tree is still alive, but most likely is going to succumb to insects or disease soon.



Nobody home!

woodpecker hole

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