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My intention in writing this hiking column is to help people enjoy the mountains by sharing my experience about places to go. Also over the years, new maps and guidebooks have raised awareness of where to go, benefiting the hiking public, including me. I have passed some of these hikes along…

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After years of writing a hiking column, my process for picking a peak to climb is usually swift, and includes a visualization of the hike.

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Late July is a good time to go North. Recently, my visiting friend, Carl, and I went up to the Second College Grant north of Errol. We did the moderate yet exciting hike up the Diamond Peaks (2,040 feet).

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Some hikes are perfect for exercise, views and enjoyment, especially if they are nearby, and don’t require a lot of driving. For me, one such hike is Mount Paugus (3,198 feet). Those who live in Tamworth or Sandwich are blessed with the nearby Sandwich Range.

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This time of year, my old friend Carl arrives from New York for some hikes. I first met him on the Nancy Pond Trail in the early 1990s, and I have hiked with him most years since. On a hot day this week, we went over to Evans Notch and did a brief 2.2-mile round-trip walk to Middle Bickford …

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On a mild Tuesday this week, my friend Beverly Woods and I climbed the 3.3-mile trail to the top of Middle Sister (3,340 feet) on the shoulder of Mount Chocorua.

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Climbing Huntington Ravine on Mount Washington can be a serious undertaking for hikers, requiring some friction scrambling on steeper terrain and an awareness of the conditions there beforehand. Wet rock is not ideal.

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Go west, young hiker (of any age). It is a good time of year to travel to the other side of the mountains for refreshing new hiking experiences.

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It is great to go to the other side of the mountains. This week, three of us traveled over to the edge of the Connecticut River Valley and climbed Black Mountain (2,830 feet) in Haverhill and Benton. This peak is part of the modest Benton Range which also includes Blueberry Mountain (2,662 f…

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On a moody, mostly cloudy Wednesday this week, Beverly and I did an old favorite hike — the 5.6-mile round-trip hike to Carter Ledge on Mount Chocorua.

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From Thursday, May 16, through Sunday, May 19, the second annual Bird Camp was held at the AMC Cold River Camp in Chatham. Scheduled at the height of spring bird migration, it was the brain-child of Ned Beecher, one of the off-season managers of the camp and an experienced birder, who also l…

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A great out-of-the-way hiking suggestion for this time of year is the 1.4-mile Dearborn Trail up the south slope of Green Mountain (1,884 feet) in Effingham. I did it with my partner Beverly Woods of Wolfeboro last week on a partly cloudy day, when the warm sun would occasionally shine throu…

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The 8.5-mile Crawford Path, the oldest continuously maintained trail solely for the sake of recreation in the northeast that goes from Crawford Notch to the summit of Mount Washington, is getting a thorough face lift. Work began last summer and will continue this summer. It is being done by …