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Smarts Mountain Traverse

Fire Warden's Cabin on Smarts Mountain, NH

Smarts Mountain (3238′), located outside of Hanover, NH, is the first decent sized mountain that Appalachian Trail thru-hikers face when they enter the White Mountain National Forest. It has a fire tower on top with good views, a tent site, and an old warden’s cabin that hikers can camp or …

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Moat Mountain Traverse

Descending North Moat Mountain - Undercast in the Saco River Valley.

The forecast was grim. Rain showers were expected all day for our traverse of the Moat Mountain Range, a series of three ledgy peaks near Mount Washington. The Moat Mountain Traverse is a classic New England hike, much of it above treeline, with great views of Mount Chocorua, the Green …

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Climbing Table Rock in Dixville Notch

Table Rock, above Dixville Notch , NH

Table Rock is a cliff that juts out into Dixville Notch, a picturesque mountain pass in New Hampshire’s north country. Bordered by Sanguinary Mountain to the north and Mt Gloirette, to the south, the sides of Dixville Notch are guarded by jagged rock formations that watch over the pass like …

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Hiking to Great Brook Falls and the Red Rock Trail

Upper section of Great Brook Falls

The Great Brook Trail runs up the south side of Red Rock Ridge, climbing besides Great Brook up to the col between Durgin Mountain and Butters Mountain in the Caribou-Speckled Wilderness. If you’ve never heard of any of these places, they are in the less-visited and less-developed Maine section of the …

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Climbing Mount Magalloway

The North Slide on Mount Magalloway in Northern New Hampshire

Climbing Mount Magalloway is a serious pilgrimage. A five-hour drive from Boston, Magalloway is located deep in the heart of New Hampshire’s North Country, just a few miles from the US-Canadian Border. It’s a wild place, where 4 x 4 trucks outnumber passenger cars, 10 to 1 and most of …

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Hiking the Gordon Pond Trail

The Gordon Pond Trail starts off by following old logging roads through a remote part of the forest.

I put off hiking the Gordon Pond Trail as long as I could, dreading getting lost in the maze of old logging roads between North Woodstock and the Appalachian Trail. The Gordon Pond Trail has a reputation as being poorly marked, hard to follow, wet and muddy. Moose heaven, but …

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Hiking the Mt Clinton Trail Loop

My buddy Ken and I hikied up the Dry River Trail in peak foliage to get to the Mt Clinton Trail

Mt Pierce is the second four thousand footer you encounter when hiking north in the Presidential Range of the White Mountains. My buddy Ken and I climbed to the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Mizpah Hut located just below the summit, hiking up the Mt Clinton Trail, instead of the Crawford Path …

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