The cold and snowy weather didn’t keep us from getting together last week to ski and snowboard. In fact it made us want to hit the slopes even more knowing that super snow conditions would be there waiting for us.
The cold weather has been perfect for making snow and combined with a few inches of snow here and a few more inches of snow there gifted by Mother Nature most of New Hampshire’s ski areas are snow covered and groomed. King Pine, Pats Peak and Crotched were the first to open 100% of their trails last week! Nordic Centers are grooming more kilometers and every day the trail counts continue to rise.
Sure feels like winter now. Continue reading → Post ID 1604
New Year’s Eve is a distant memory and here we are already in the middle of January—time flies when you’re having fun. With some help from Mother Nature and great thanks to man-made snow, most of the trails are now covered knee deep with snow! The resorts are open, including
Last Friday morning I jumped in the car at 8am and drove straight to Waterville Valley to meet a friend for just a couple of hours of skiing. I was clicking my ski boots into my bindings at 9:15. Waterville Valley Resort is surrounded by the White Mountain National Forest and is an easy drive up Interstate 93 (the resort is less than an hour away from Concord, NH). Nearing Campton you’ll see the big bare ledgy peaks of Welch and Dickey, take exit 28 then follow Route 49 East for 11 miles to the resort. Continue reading → Post ID 1604
Many of the New Hampshire ski areas have opened or are opening very soon. Thanks to super snow making systems Bretton Woods, Loon and Wildcat were able to open before Thanksgiving Day and the day after the holiday a few more dropped their ropes and opened their slopes for the season.
My friend Carey Kish of Mount Desert Island, Maine followed the Appalachian Trail’s white blazes from Springer Mountain, Georgia all the way to the summit of Mount Katahdin, Maine. Thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail (AT) is a great accomplishment. This finish was indeed a grand accomplishment because this was the second time he has completed the journey, all 2,189.2 miles.Continue reading → Post ID 1604
Nash Stream State Forest became into existence in 1998 when the State of New Hampshire purchased 46,679 acres for $12.75 million. This deal was made possible by loans from conservation groups and the sale of a conservation easement to the United States government (White Mountain National Forest).
The Nash Stream State Forest rests between the towns of Groveton and Stark, north of Route 110. From Route 110 follow Emerson Road 2.2 miles to reach the gravel Nash Stream Road. Continue reading → Post ID 1604
The trailhead parking areas in far Northern New Hampshire, even on this busy holiday weekend, only had a car or two. The roads were empty and the leaves were more bright and colorful than they were a few hours south back home.
Bryan and I met in the Gorham Wal-Mart parking lot and I drove us straight up Route 16 and somewhere past Errol he directed me to turn into a logging road smack in the middle of a wildlife refuge. The rig bounced up the road and after few miles I pulled it into an old log landing area rather than risk getting stuck.
After looking at the map and taking a reading, Bryan adjusted his compass. then we donned our packs and headed up the road. We bushwhacked our way up the west side of Mount Dustan to its summit. The woods were mostly open and we went across a few wet areas but we still made good time. This peak is on the New Hampshire fire tower list and the whole fun adventure took us just under two hours (a bit more than 3 miles round trip). We only saw moose tracks and great displays of foliage.
When we hike we discuss places we would like to go and during one outing this summer Becca suggested that we should check out the Dry River Trail. We agreed it would be interesting to see the changes in the trail. The Dry River Trail was closed in August of 2011 because it was severely ravaged by Tropical Storm Irene. Sections of the trail were washed away by the swollen river and the suspension bridge was damaged. The trail was closed for three years and was re-opened just a year ago. Continue reading → Post ID 1604
Time, time, time, it passes too quickly. Friends near and far should get together more often, but when we do we try to get in a hike. My friend Jody from Philadelphia was here for just a few days and was staying with my other busy friend Kris.
We studied the forecast and it looked like Monday would be the best pick for good weather for a hike. We decided on the date quickly, but choosing what mountain we should hike was a bit more difficult. Not a 4,000-footer because the peaks left on their list are way up north and further than they wanted to drive (and too much elevation to climb—Madison and Adams next visit).
They still wanted big views. I suggested Monadnock, Sunapee, Kearsarge, Moosilauke, yup, yup they’ve done all them and more. I would have suggested Smarts but the fire tower is closed and its summit would offer no views without it, but hopefully the tower will be repaired someday. Finally we agreed on Mount Cube in Orford, New Hampshire. Continue reading → Post ID 1604
On March 18th, Carey Kish left the summit of Springer Mountain in Georgia and started hiking north on the Appalachian Trail, aka the AT. His Six-Moon Journey (the name of his blog at MaineToday.com) began in the rain and it was only 47 degrees.
By the time you’re reading this he will have crossed the last state line of his journey and hiked from New Hampshire into Maine. He hopes to be standing at the AT’s northern terminus, the top of Kathadin’s Baxter Peak, by October 1st.
I first met Carey and his wife Fran while attending a ski writers meeting. We share a few interests. He is the editor of the AMC Maine Mountain Guide and before he left for his adventure his newest work, AMC’s Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast, hit the bookstores shelves. Continue reading → Post ID 1604
This is a great summer. I have been getting out and I have been getting out with my friends. We’ve been hiking, climbing and biking as much as we can and playing some golf too. Work is such an inconvenience.
Have you noticed that the days are getting shorter? Oh summer’s longest days are well behind us and now the sun is setting at 8pm. And the poor children will be forced accompany their parents to do their back to school shopping too soon.
If not now, when? Continue reading → Post ID 1604
Mount Percival, Mount Morgan, Rattlesnakes and Mount Livermore
The Crawford-Ridgepole Trail begins near Cotton Mountain, just north of the Science Center and traverses the summits of the mountains that make up the Squam Range before ending at the Sandwich Notch Road. Continue reading → Post ID 1604
The golfing gals, Sarah and Sharon, had so much fun hiking the Carters a few weeks ago that they brought along a few more friends when we returned to hike Mount Moriah. Mount Moriah is the furthest north 4,000 footer peak on the Carter-Moriah Trail and the section between Carter Notch and Mount Moriah is part of the Appalachian Trail.
We were a group of seven gals. Sarah, Sharon, Nancy, Keelin, Barb, Ellen and I met at the top of Franconia Notch at 8am. We drove two cars to Carter-Moriah’s northern trailhead at the end of Bangor Street in Gorham. Ellen and I gave everyone a head start while we dropped off one of the cars at the Rattle River Trailhead about five miles further east on Rte 2 where we would be finishing our outing. Continue reading → Post ID 1604
My friends Sarah and Sharon, the golfing gals, are back and ready to hit the trails this summer. All winter these two snowbirds carried their golf bags and spent time on the dreaded stair-master to be sure to be in good shape for hiking.
We decided a good first outing of the season for them would be to finish the Carters. They’ve already been over Carter Dome and the Wildcats. I told them this hike should feel a lot easier. Continue reading → Post ID 1604