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New Hampshire Hiking Trail Finder
This site is designed to provide quick access to New Hampshire hiking and backpacking websites. Hiking enthusiasts like you have created excellent web pages on New Hampshire hiking trails -- then posted those pages on free web servers -- only to be ignored by search engines. The purpose of this site is to provide a way to find these personal hiking pages, and make your research easier.
- Mt. Adams Fairly comprehensive page with trail information, photos, all sorts of data on the HikeTheWhites.com website. A must click if you are planning to climb this particular pile of rocks.
- Mt. Adams Here's a personal narrative from a corporate outing type of climb in 2004. Brief but gives a pretty darn good feel for what to expect.
- Arethusa Falls and Frankenstein Cliff winter hike report by Donna Parisi, on the hikenewengland.com website. All the detail info with a short, enjoyable narrative.
- Arethusa Falls Comprehensive trail & wildlife description on the HikingWithChuck.com website. This will help you identify trees, birds, and all sorts of stuff. Good info, well worth a look.
- Caps Ridge Trail/Mt. Jefferson excellent hike narrative with a bazillion photo links. Well done, informative...do the Caps without leaving your chair!
- Mt. Chocorua This is a US Forest Service site, but don't let that fool you: It's one of the best USFS sites out there. It's actually a .pdf file with trail descriptions, brief but informative narratives, various trailhead and parking lot info, up to date fee info. Anyway, it gives a variety of routes to the summit (Champney, Piper, etc.) with detailed descriptions. Real good stuff here. If you're planning Chocorua, use this site, and then look at the one below for photos. And if you're planning Chocorua in July, bring a gallon of DEET.
- Mt. Chocorua hike photo album by Dan Savlon; gives a good visual picture of what to expect on a Chocorua climb. Then again, Dan could add more photos of flies. If you plan to climb Chocorua in the summer, plan on swarms of nightmarish proportions.
- Cohos Trail is a 159-mile remote and wild trail in northern-most New Hampshire. In fact, it will be the longest single-trail system created in the state's history. It will run from near the town of Bartlett, NH all the way to the Canadian border. Excellent site by Penny Clark - Webdesign Services & Solutions.
- Franconia Notch large pdf file of overview trail map w/ Mt. Lafayette, AT, Greenleaf Trail, Lincoln, Liberty, etc.
- General well documented trip reports on the Hike-NH website. Trips are sorted by geography, as well as by season that the report is about. Includes all key hiking trails for the White Mts.
- General -- NH Hiking Forum Here's an online message forum called HikingNewEngland.com. Moderated by Andrew Watson, this is an all-New England forum, but as you can imagine most of the threads are about the White Mountains. Nice community happening here.
- Gorham Area - Services this is an outfit called "Trail Angel Hiker Services" which does hiker shuttles, mail drops, re-stocks, etc., all that good stuff that thru-hikers might need. We don't usually put up listings for commercial enterprises, but in this case, the service is just too important not to link here. Also, when you pose for a photo on top of a mountain wearing a backpack and a pair of angel wings, well you know for sure that Dan and Cheryl have spent a lot of time on the trail.
- Mt. Jefferson Ridge of the Capps route, excellent narrative and photos. Great webpage on the NaturalBornHikers site.
- Mt. Lafayette Greenleaf-to hut-to summit trail narrative with photomaps, photos, description, humorous encounters at the Hut, written by yours truly.
- Mt. Madison Valley Trail personal trail narrative by "Kelley" on pccs-nh.com site maintained by Dwight A. Clark. Good narrative and breathtaking photos. Incidentally, I humped up this particular pile of rocks a couple of years ago, and I gotta tell you, it's nasty. Tougher than Mt. Washington if you ask me...
- The Moat Range Excellent photo documentation & description of South Moat and Middle Moat, part of this under-rated hiking area near North Conway. On the Mabel's Mountain Adventures site.
- Mt. Monadnock/Metacomet Trail Mt. Monadnock is possibly the most frequently climbed mountain in the world. It's a moderate hike of 2.3 miles with a climb of about 1800 feet. The upper part of the climb consists of a rock scramble with panoramic views...summit provides spectacular views in all directions. Photos, trail map, description; very well done site on this well known destination. Quality website by Tony Maniscalco, Agawam, MA
- Mt. Moosilauke well-written trip narrative by Richard Kipphutt.
- Mt. Moosilauke this is a history site more than a hiking site, but it is an essential stop for anyone planning to tackle this White Mt. monster.
- Nashua huh? Last time I checked, Nashua was a city of about 90,000 people. Where'm I gonna hike in Nashua? Mine Falls Park, that's where. On a population to park acre ratio, it's one of the least crowded city parks in the country. This page is on Hiking With Chuck's site, and like most of the pages he does, it's so full of information and details that you will probably be halfway through your hike before I get done reading about it. Seriously, though, it's a great page about a really cool and underused spot.
- Mt. Passaconaway excellent trip report with photos of 20 mile trek to summit four 4,000 footers that are grouped just south of the eastern part of the Kancamagus Highway: Mt. Passaconaway, Mt. Whiteface, Middle Tripyramid, and North Tripyramid. Courtesy LeisurelyBackpacker.com.
- Presidential Traverse North to south or south to north, Clinton, Eisenhower, Washington, Clay, Jefferson, Adams, etc., the traverse of the Presidential Range is the classic New England hike. This site gives you the info to do it; great webpage by Mohamed Ellozy.
- Sheldrick Forest Preserve Southern NH refuge with 3 miles of forested trails. Official Website provided by the Nature Conservancy.
- Wapack Trail 21 mile trail in Southern NH hits the Wapack National Wildlife Refuge, Miller State Park, Temple Mt., across Barrett, New Ipswich, Stony Top and Pratt Mountains.and on through the old Watatic Ski Area, a bit spooky in its abandonment. It ends on MA 119. Content by Miki Clements.
- Mt. Washington successful winter trip report by Dave Metsky with spectacular photos. Lion Head route.
- Mt. Washington Summer climb on the Ammonousuc Ravine/Lake of the Clouds route. Includes lengthy description, photos, diagram. Since I wrote it, it must be good. Click away!
- Mt. Webster AT hike to summit of this Crawford Notch locale. Some tongue-in-cheek background info on the Willey House, the State Park, and hiking when out-of-shape. Nice trip report...can you guess who the extremely talented author is? Hint: I'm "out-of-shape" for most -- no, all -- of my hikes.
- White Mountains/General 4000'ers Journals of the White Mountains website by Jenifer and Farmer Bob. Excellent site for peakbaggers working the Four Thousand Footers Club of the White Mountains, to share their trip reports on their journey to becoming members of the 4k Club.
- White Mountains/General outstanding site with trail descriptions indexed by name, location, difficulty, etc. Good descriptions, photos and links. Site maintained by Dwight A. Clark - PC Consulting Services.
- Wildcat Winter climb of Wildcat D well documented with outstanding photos and a complete description of the route taken via one of the ski trails. Very well done, on the Mabel's Mountain Adventures website.
- Mt. Willard Can't believe I haven't put a link in to something on this climb until now...one of my all-time favorites, one of the first climbs I did as a kid, and one of the first climbs my twins did at age four. Nothing like reaching the top and seeing all the expressions of amazement. Really, this should be the "first" climb for everyone -- guaranteed to lead to a life of climbing. Easy trail, not too long, great dayhike for kids who don't mind a little effort and adventure. The link goes to the Hiking with Chuck website. Good content.
- Mt. Willey This hill is the biggest of the three W's in Crawford Notch (the others of course are Webster and Willard). Willey is probably the most interesting climb, but definitely the least exciting summit. Anyway, here's a link to a short trip report that describes going up from the Depot to Mt. Tom, Mt. Field, over to Willey, and then down the ladders.
Not Without Peril
You'd be amazed how many fit and healthy hikers have hit the trail on a beautiful day, and have perished within a few hundred yards of an AMC hut. Well, only a few actually, but each is a fascinating story, and they're all described in
Not Without Peril by Nicholas S. Howe. Great reading.
Standing on the warm, summit of Monadnock with roughly 7,622 other hikers, it's hard to imagine that "close calls" occur regularly just a few hours north. In fact, the State of New Hampshire has a search & rescue policy for unprepared hikers. Under the new protocol, which is supported by the Fish and Game Commission, the Department would review each search and rescue mission and determine whether a bill should be sent to those involved. Hikers who may be billed include those who are poorly equipped for terrain or weather and/or lack reasonable skills or stamina to handle the hike without getting lost or injured.
Because so much is written about the White Mountains on the web, you don't really need a guidebook to find your way around. But, like anywhere else, I prefer to do my basic research on the web (which is where all these links come from) and print out a page or two. Then I turn to a guidebook to immerse myself in the two or three page narrative about the particular hike I'm interested in. The one that I turn to is White Mountain Guide: Hiking Trails in the White Mountain National Forest by Gene Daniell, Jon Burroughs, and Eugene Daniell. This book seems to get heavier every year. It's from the Appalachian Mountain Club, which sort of runs the show once you get into the high country. The AMC, combined with the efforts of the USFS, have managed to keep the Whites nice in spite of the traffic.
For many of us, the Old Man was more than a symbol. As a six year old vacationing in the White Mountains, It never occured to me that he was a quirky assemblage of rock...he was never just that. For his profile to be standing at that spot, it couldn't be a coincidence. You didn't have to stand "just so" to see him; nobody had to point anything out to first time visitors. Returning at age nine, then again at twelve, he was familiar; a friend...a "rock"...to be relied on. He was there for me.
Back again in my 20s, many things had changed in my life. But he was still the same; the Old Man could be counted on. In my 30s, I took my young children to see the Old Man, and he looked down approvingly.
In my 40s I was busy climbing mountains. Driving through the Notch to the Presidential Range, I just didn't have time to stop. Even though my kids were almost teenagers, they still thought the Old Man was exciting..."there he is, Daddy!" Traffic didn't give me a chance to look up. "Did you see him, Daddy? Don't you want to stop?"
"It's ok, I don't need to see him this time. I'll see him again." As if he were some sort of tiresome old relative that just couldn't keep up; you know you ought to visit but you've seen him so many times and it isn't convenient anyway.
I should've stopped...we should all stop, visit the oldtimer and say "Thanks for everything. Thanks for being the rock I could count on." Now it's too late; the Old Man is gone. Maybe he was tired...too many winters...or maybe too many of us didn't bother to pull off the highway to visit anymore. There are some people I know who've been like that Old Man, maybe more so -- cared about me, were there for me -- and I always found an excuse not to visit. I don't intend to make that mistake again.
-- Rick Bolger
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