Trip Reports

Bushwhacking Northeast Paugus

Bushwhacking NE Paugus

Northeast Paugus is a mountain located off the Bolles Trail, near Mt Chocorua. Actually, it’s a knobby sub-peak of Mt Paugus, but well worth a climb of its own with a jaw-dropping view of Mt Chocorua and the Sisters Ridgeline from its east-facing summit ledges. A trailless peak, this is …

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Bushwhacking South Engine Hill

Bushwhacking South Engine Hill

South Engine Hill (3244′) is a trail-less mountain on the New Hampshire 200 highest list that’s located off the Rocky Branch Trail outside of Jackson, NH. Climbing it requires hiking up the Rocky Branch Trail from Rt 16, a distance of 2.6 miles with 1800′ of elevation gain before you …

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Bushwhacking Bartlett Haystack Mountain

Bushwhacking Bartlett Haystack Mountain

I’ve had Bartlett Haystack Mountain on my radar for a few years, but never made the time to go climb it. It’s a trail-less peak off Bear Notch Rd, which is closed in winter, usually from November thru May or June. With Autumn in full swing and fishing season over …

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Hiking the Skull Cairn Trail on Mt Chocorua

Hiking the Skull Cairn Trail

The White Mountain National Forest is riddled with decommissioned hiking trails, old logging roads, railroad spurs, and logging camps enough to keep anyone with a thirst for history and hiking off the beaten path satisfied for years to come. The Skull Cairn Trail is one such “lost trail,” as they’re …

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Maps for Redlining the White Mountains

Maps for Redlining the White Mountains

One of the first things you’ll discover about redlining (hiking) all 651 trails in the AMC’s White Mountains Guide is that a lot of them are not on the AMC White Mountain National Forest Map Set that the AMC sells to go with the book. Some of the trails aren’t …

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Paugus Cliff and the Wonalancet Range Trail

Paugus Cliff and the Wonalancet Range Trail

Mt Paugus is an infrequently-visited¬† 3000 footer that has great views of Mt Chocorua and Mt Passaconaway because it’s situated in between these two popular peaks. I hiked up it over the weekend to sit on its south-facing cliff, which is a huge expanse of open ledge, that’s perfect for …

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Redlining: Beware the Last 10%

Redlining the Mahoosuc Trail

There are 651 trails in the AMC’s White Mountain Guide which add up to about 1460 miles of trails and anywhere from 2200 to 2800 miles of actual hiking. People known as “redliners” aim to hike them all, a process that can take years and require thousands of miles of …

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The White Mountains Redlining Spreadsheet

Redlining Bumpersticker

Redlining has become very popular in the White Mountains Hiker Community, so here’s an overview of what it entails and how to keep track of your progress using the official Redlining Spreadsheet. What is Redlining? Redlining involves hiking every trail listed in the Appalachian Mountain Club’s White Mountain Guide within …

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