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April may not be the cruelest month, as Ezra Pound suggests. But this year, I might agree to a point, as I recently banged up my left knee and am spending time with it elevated.

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This time of year, memory and desire mix. Winter has been good, and we can’t wait for the snow to thaw. But it’s important to keep the present moment in mind. Long and mild March days are also great for hiking, especially if we are blessed with snow.

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Mount Jackson (4,052 feet) is a popular winter hike, with an attractive trail and great views all around. Its location lends itself to a sidelong view of the Southern Presidentials, culminating in a direct view of a white Mount Washington.

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Looking at an optimistic general weather report last weekend, a friend and I planned to hike up to Tuckerman Ravine on Tuesday. But as frequently happens, the weather that day in the valley was mild and mostly clear, and the weather on Mount Washington was not. That morning on the summit, th…

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Mount Doublehead in Jackson has some steep trails. But they aren’t that long, and well-worth the effort. Also, it might be called an unintentionally overlooked peak by hikers, including me, because I hadn’t climbed it in years and didn’t think of it, it being tucked away in upper Jackson. Bu…

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Red Hill (2,030 feet) in Moultonborough is a storied mountain. I was reminded of that last Sunday when I climbed it with two friends, Pam and Bruce Andruskiewicz of Tamworth.

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In New England, climbing Mount Washington in the winter has become a well-known and respected objective, prompting thousands to try — either on a guided climb or on their own.

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This is a revisit of a local winter hike I did a few years ago. The 9.5-mile Moat Traverse is one of North Conway’s classic hikes. I have always done this traverse north to south, and, on a cloudy and mild day, I continued that tradition, starting at the Diana’s Bath parking lot on West Side…

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Its unusual these days to see only two cars in the Champney Falls Trail parking lot, located 10.5 miles west of Conway on the Kancamagus Highway, on a day that is half decent for hiking.

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In these times when getting outside for renewal is so important, it is a good chance to explore new places. Recently, I visited a place in Sandwich called the Chapman Sanctuary and Visny Woods.

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When you climb a mountain in the northeast on a wicked cold and windy day, you fully appreciate the protection that the forest affords.

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On Feb. 10, 2008, James Osborne and Fred Fredrickson, employees of Concord Coach in Concord, hiked up the Falling Waters Trail toward Little Haystack in the Franconia Range. They intended to complete the 8.9-mile Franconia Ridge Loop, continuing past Little Haystack to Mount Lincoln and Moun…

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Over vacation week, I returned to Mount Willard at the head of Crawford Notch (the summit ledges are at 2,800 feet, just east of the true summit). It was a blustery day with dramatic clouds and I thought the quick 1.6 miles hike up the mountain from the Crawford Depot would be a perfect walk…

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Some winter day hikes easily deserve to be written about every year. The 6.4-mile round trip hike on the Crawford Path to the summit of Mount Pierce (4,312 feet) is one. It has some special qualities that attract veteran hikers back again and again. For beginners, it is a gentle first winter…