Category Archives: Hiking

Posts about hiking in New England and beyond.

Rediscovering the beautiful silence on Coppermine Trail

The car thermometer read two degrees as we pulled on gloves, strapped on snowshoes, and set out on the Coppermine Trail to Bridal Veil Falls. The trail began flat and easy on a road transformed into tunnel of trees and … Continue reading

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Wandering in the wilderness of Mount Paugus

In New Hampshire’s heavily visited White Mountains, solitude often seems like a lost dream on beautiful autumn weekends, when throngs of people climb popular peaks. But not far from the beaten path, in the Sandwich Range Wilderness, intriguing Mount Paugus … Continue reading

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Gray jays, great day: A fall hike on Mount Waumbek

Hiking on the Starr King Trail to 4,006-foot Mount Waumbek, it’s hard to believe that this off-the-beaten-path peak once was part of a proposal for a mega-ski resort stretching across several mountains. On the beautiful Columbus Day weekend when we … Continue reading

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Hiking the Baldface Circle Trail, plus twenty

The guidebook describes the Baldface Circle Trail as “a strenuous trip not to be underestimated,” but I didn’t remember it as so. I first hiked this 9.8 mile loop with my husband back in 1997 in early November. Then, I … Continue reading

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Presidential aspirations: You can’t always get what you want

I have long held Presidential aspirations — that is, to complete the Presidential traverse hike across the highest peaks of New England including Mount Washington, Jefferson,  Adams, and Madison. I love the high open alpine terrain of these summits, and … Continue reading

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Beautiful desolation at Lake Aloha

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating … Continue reading

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One hike, many discoveries: A plane crash, a fire tower and stone-age couches

Would we find the plane crash? That was the motivating question as I hit the road early one morning in late June with three middle-school boys. More than 40 years ago, on June 18, 1972, a small plane bound for … Continue reading

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Three Hills for Mother’s Day

I have long wanted to hike to Third Hill, the far outpost of York, Maine’s rangy Mount Agamenticus. Third Hill has a reputation for being challenging to find.  I’ve known more than one person who has ended up in South … Continue reading

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Intersecting slopes on Mount Chocorua, New Hampshire

As we hauled ourselves up the granite cone of New Hampshire’s 3,478-foot Mount Chocorua, a middle-aged woman picking her way down the granite ledges groaned as she stretched out her legs to ease herself down an especially large slab. My … Continue reading

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A trip to Bennett Lake, British Columbia, then, and now

In 1986, when I arrived at Bennett Lake, my body was beat up, but my spirit was soaring.  After four days of backpacking on “the meanest 33 miles of history,” I’d conquered the  Chilkoot Trail to reach this legendary destination … Continue reading

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