Now that I've made it to Piggy Mountain I'll think of it as the crowning jewel of the Backlands.
Something about the dark appearance seemed ominous on the approach of the foot of the Mountain. The massive granite faces on the sides of it makes for an intimidating impression.
The trail was mostly easy to follow, although a bit wet close to the start of the ascent. It seemed very swampy around the perimeter of the Mountain. I blazed the path with orange tail tape, and felt obliged to do so as I ascended as well, for in this case one could reach the top without realizing the route that was taken! However, the way up was fairly obvious.
As anticipated the views were spectacular. The Atlantic side view was wonderful, although the foreground houses on Aaron's Way and Fortress Drive seemed oddly out of place. It was interesting to watch a container ship approaching, and to see how it emerged on the harbor side in a short period of time. How strange to look down on the granite outcrops that I usually paint upon, all arranged in seemingly little humps.
The top was a fairly small and flat area, with a tiny pond in the middle skimmed over with ice. The vegetation and soil was quite delicate, and I exercised caution to minimize erosion. This is an area that has not seen heavy foot traffic.
Soon the frigid wind and snow resumed. Although it was now early April I couldn't stop shivering and began to make my way back down. It was amazing how fast the wind subsided once off the summit.
I'm looking forward to more excursions to this special place.
April 3, 2013