Trip Reports

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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Bushwhacking Millen Hill and Mt Dartmouth

Bushwhacking Millen Hill and Mt Dartmouth

Millen Hill and Mt Dartmouth are two trailless peaks adjacent to Mt Jefferson in the White Mountains Presidential Range. Millen Hill is on the New Hampshire 200 highest list, while Mt Dartmouth is on the 100 highest list and the more difficult …

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Backpacking a Carrigain Notch Loop

Backpacking a Carrigain Notch Loop

Carrigain Notch is a wild mountain pass between Mt Carrigain and Mt Lowell in the Pemigewasset Wilderness. It’s a deep chasm that’s seldom hiked end-to-end unless you want to penetrate deep into the White Mountain National Forest on a backpacking trip far …

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Bushwhacking East and West Russell Mtns

Bushwhacking East and West Russell Mtns

East and West Russell are two adjacent peaks on the New Hampshire 500 highest list that tower above Russell Pond and the Russell Pond Campground in the Waterville Valley Region of the White Mountains. They’re almost due south of the Loon Ski …

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Bushwhacking Unknown Pond Peak

Bushwhacking Unknown Pond Peak

Unknown Pond Peak is the 100th highest mountain on the New Hampshire Hundred Highest peakbagging list, a list that I’ve been slowly working on since 2012. I haven’t done an off-trail trail hike for a while since I’ve been pursuing The White …

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Hiking Mt Moriah in April

Hiking Mt Moriah in April

Mt Moriah isn’t the highest White Mountain 4000-footer, but it requires 3200′ of elevation gain to climb which makes it one of the more strenuous peaks to ascend. There are a number of different trails you can use to climb it, but …

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Spring Trail Conditions in the White Mountains

Spring Trail Conditions in the White Mountains

Spring trail conditions in New Hampshire’s White Mountains can be quite unpredictable depending on your location and elevation. Despite the change in season and longer days, snow usually lingers on the high peaks well into May, and daytime temperatures remain quite chilly, …

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Gridding Out Mt Carrigain in April

Gridding out Mt Carrigain in April

There’s an expression in the gridding community called “gridding out” a mountain when you finish hiking it at least once in every calendar month. You need to do that for each of the forty-eight 4000-footers on the White Mountain 4000-footer list to …

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Hiking Mt Isolation in April

Hiking Mt Isolation in April

Mt Isolation is one of the most remote White Mountains 4000-footers and can make for a long day in any conditions. Being April, you might think that spring has arrived in New Hampshire, but it’s nowhere close. We’re still contending with full-on …

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