Contrary to popular belief, the NEK is not in the United Kingdom nor is it a Canadian province. The NEK is, as it sounds, in the north east corner of Vermont, nestled up against the Canadian border to the north and New Hampshire to the east.
On Sunday, Eric and I set off for a canicross hike up Mt. Pisgah in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont with Zoe, Sobo, and Acadia. This hike is notably easier (shorter with less elevation change) than our recent hike up Mt. Abe in the Green Mountains.
Sled puppy, Acadia, managed to hike both up and down this time, although she did nap at the summit.
Eric, Zoe, Sobo and a squirmy Acadia at the top of Mount Pisgah
We reached the summit approximately 1.5 hours after starting out. As we climbed (and climbed and climbed some more), Pisgah certainly seemed to live up to it's biblical origins and I done thought I'd see the "promised land" if I climbed much further. All joking aside, Mt. Pisgah does offer views of biblical proportions once you reach the top.
From the top of Mount Pisgah
Sobo resting in the shadows
To reach Mt. Pisgah, we drove from our cabin in West Glover, Vermont to Westmore, VT along the shores of Lake Willoughby.
The hike itself was approximately 3.5 miles round trip and about 2751 feet of total elevation change. Along the way, there were several sheer drop offs with views of Lake Willoughby. Mt. Pisgah defines the eastern wall of Willoughby Gap on the eastern side of Lake Willoughby, a land locked glacial fjord that is both a National Natural Landmark and a designated natural area by the State of Vermont.