Trip Reports

Hiking a Wildcat Loop

Hiking a Wildcat Loop

Wildcat ‘A’ and ‘D’ are two 4000 footers on the other side of Rt 16 from Mt Washington and the Presidential Range. Hiking them usually requires an out and back hike, a road walk, or a shuttle. However, there is a way …

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The White Mountains Direttissima

The White Mountains Direttissima

The White Mountain National Forest, known as “The Whites” has its share of difficult hiking lists and challenging hikes. The White Mountain 4000 footer list with its 48 peaks, is the list that most aspiring New England hikers cut their teeth on …

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Hiking a Mt Clay Loop

Hiking a Mt Clay Loop

Mt Clay is a 5500′ subpeak of Mt Washington that towers over the west end of the Great Gulf. While it’s become an increasingly popular destination in the Northern Presidentials, you can still find yourself alone on the summit when the surrounding …

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Two Ravines and a Gulf Backpack

Two Ravines and a Gulf Backpacking Trip Report

Castle Ravine and Jefferson Ravine are two glacial valleys in between Mt Adams and Mt Jefferson, the second and third highest mountains in New Hampshire’s Northern Presidentials. I did a one-night trip last week where I climbed both on successive days, with …

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Climbing Pliny Mountain

Climbing Pliny Mountain

Pliny Mountain is a 3605′ mountain close to Mt Waumbek, a 4000 footer in the Pliny Range of the White Mountain National Forest which includes Mt Starr King and the three Weeks, North, Middle, and South. It’s considered a trailless peak but …

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Climbing the Black Crescent Mountains

Climbing the Black Crescent Mountains

The Black Crescents are three mountains located in the northernmost portion of the White Mountain National Forest bordering Jericho Mountain State Park in Berlin, NH. The three mountains, Black Crescent North, Black Crescent (Main), and Black Crescent South are all on the …

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Stairs Mountain Backpack

Stairs Mountain Backpack

Stairs Mountain is a peak in the Presidential Range – Dry River Wilderness Area south of Mt Isolation and off the Davis Path. It’s the site of a magnificent cliff with far-reaching views of the southeastern White Mountains and several major peaks …

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Climbing East Kineo Mountain

The East Kineo summit canister

East Kineo is a mountain in a primitive area of the White Mountains called the Hubbard Experimental Forest. Run by the US Forest Service it’s home to one of the longest-running and most comprehensive ecosystem studies in the world,  hosting long-term studies …

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Climbing the Chocorua Blues

Climbing the Chocorua Blues

Mt Chocorua has a number of sub-peaks including Blue Mountain (2540′), Blue Northeast (2370′), and Blue Northwest (2380′). I’ve been thinking about climbing them since last Autumn and now that the snow has melted off most of the peaks under 3,000 feet …

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