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Mt Whiteface and the Tom Wiggin/McCrillis Loop

The Tom Wiggin Trail is steep and loose

Mt Whiteface is a 4000 footer in the Sandwich Range that’s usually climbed using the Blueberry Ledge Trail, then over to Mt Passaconaway via the Rollins Trail, and down via Dicey’s Mill Trail. I took a much different route on my last hike to Whiteface a few weeks ago, climbing …

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Bushwhacking Cape Horn

Cape Horn - Actual Route

Cape Horn is an unusual geologic feature in New Hampshire’s north country called a ring dike. Two thousand feet in height, it’s a ring-shaped remnant of volcanic activity, bordered to the east and west by steep (note angry red and purple slope shading above) talus cliffs. I was inspired to climb …

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Hiking to Mt Israel and Guinea Pond

Maggie the Hiker and I admired the big peaks of the Sandwich Range from the Mt Israel ledges

Climbing Mt Israel is close to becoming a spring pilgrimage for me. Located in the White Mountains Sandwich Range, it’s a 52-with-a-view summit with great views of Sandwich Dome, Mt Whiteface, and the rocky summit of Mt Chocorua. I climbed Israel via the Mead Trail, coming up the more remote north …

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Acteon Ridge Traverse

The Distant Knob of Jennings Peak from Sachem Peak

The Acteon Ridge is a sequence of trail-less peaks in the Sandwich Range Wilderness of the White Mountains. I climbed one of the peaks on the ridge, named Sachem Peak a few years ago, but have always wanted to go back and hike all of the peaks on the ridge including …

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Backpacking the Livermore Loop

Nancy Brook Trail Waterfall

My boots hadn’t frozen overnight, which meant that my Sawyer water filter was probably still good (they’re wrecked if frozen.) Freezing rain had fallen overnight and I knew I’d probably get soaked, brushing up against wet spruce on the side of the trail. With bright sunshine and temperatures in the low …

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Snowshoeing the McCrillis Path in Spring Snow

This sign should probably tell you to look for blue *and* yellow blazes because they both mark the trail.

The McCrillis Path is a good trail to know about for planning backpacking trips near Mts Whiteface and Passaconaway in the White Mountain’s Sandwich Range. It’s seldom hiked and was closed for many years due to a landowner dispute. It links the Blueberry Ridge Trail which climbs Mt Whiteface, to the …

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