Nine hikers set forth from the end of Tucker Mountain Road in East Andover on an ideal winter morning in January. Temperatures moderated a bit, we had some sunshine at the start and the snow showers held off until the end of our walk.
Frank Baker led us eastward on a bushwhack along the side of the ridge that forms Tucker Mountain. He pointed out tracks of deer, moose, mice, coyotes, and porcupines. We explored a porcupine den and followed the urine-marked trail to their ‘dining hall’ in a stand of hemlocks.
We made it to the shore of Weeks Pond in 2 1/4 hours and enjoyed a small campfire while we ate lunch and later chopped two holes in the ice to measure the water’s depth.