Tag Archives: 4.000 footers

A September walk in the woods: Mount Cabot to Unknown Pond

Mount Cabot or the Carters? As I drove up Pinkham Notch early on a lovely September Saturday, the many cars spilling from every parking lot cinched my decision: on to Mount Cabot.  I would escape the crowds on this gorgeous … Continue reading

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Caps and castles on Mount Jefferson

On Friday, prospects for a hike up Mount Jefferson looked gloomy. The higher summits forecast called for steady 50 mph winds, with hurricane force gusts, and winter temperatures in New Hampshire’s Presidential Range, as one weather system collided with another. … Continue reading

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Waterfall wonderland on the Ammo Trail to Mount Monroe

Every May, I try to fit in my “end-0f-the-semester hike”, a few days after completing grades and graduation. In May, this hike usually involves some snow and ice, along with cool air, few people. and open vistas. I love my … 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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Spooky solitude: The lonely trail to Owl’s Head

When I finally arrive at the rock slide, after six miles of hiking, I hear a tiny voice in my head: “Maybe doing this hike alone wasn’t a great idea.” It’s not that the steep slide up the face of … Continue reading

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Moriah, my Moriah: Why did I wait so long to climb thee?

As I hike through a lacy hemlock forest, I wonder why I have waited so long to hike 4,049-foot Mount Moriah. The Carter-Moriah Trail climbs 3,400 feet from its base in Gorham, N.H., but the trail doesn’t feel as steep … Continue reading

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On my own on the Osceolas with Captain Samuel Willard

On the Osceola Trail, I’m on my own, but hiking in footsteps more than 250 years old  — maybe.  As I hike uphill on a moderate-grade-by-White-Mountain-standards, I wonder if this slope is the same one that Captain Samuel Willard and … Continue reading

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Bushwhacking on Mount Tecumseh

Impossible as it may seem, within a few minutes of our hike up Mount Tecumseh in Waterville Valley, my friend and I have lost the trail, and now find ourselves bushwhacking through a wet humid forest. Technically we are not … Continue reading

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Brutal Beauty on Beaver Brook, Mount Moosilauke

Be careful, to avoid tragic results. Great. A punishing hike is exactly what I hoped to avoid when I set out on this day in mid-June to climb a 4,000-footer and decided to make my first ascent of New Hampshire’s 4,802-foot … Continue reading

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The agony and ecstasy of climbing four-thousand footers: Mounts Willey, Field, and Tom

Okay, so the tight contour lines on my map suggested that the route up to Mount Willey via the Kedron Flume Trail was horribly steep.  And the guidebook described this upper portion as a “very rough and steep climb,” as … Continue reading

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