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The grass is greener in our own backyard. This week, I’m going to promote hiking local mountains. They require less driving, thus putting less carbon in the atmosphere. You can fit them in a busy schedule. They offer exercise, being out in nature, and spiritual renewal.

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The other day, I wanted a quiet morning walk in the heart of the National Forest. I decided to go to Church Pond. I threw my water shoes in my car as well as regular gear. I would need them to cross the modest Swift River at the start of the trail.

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It looks like the annual Flags on the 48, a memorial for the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, will take place today on Sept. 14. American flags will be carried by teams to the tops of all 48 4,000-footer peaks in New Hampshire and raised between noon and 2 p.m.

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Exploring the trails on small mountains is very enjoyable. Those who give themselves the time to do that, instead of focusing only on climbing the 4,000 footers, are fortunate.

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Since I did a review of Ken MacGray’s newly published guidebook “New Hampshire’s 52 with a View: A Hiker’s Guide” last week, I thought I’d mention on of my favorites hikes on that list — Mount Cube (2,090 feet) in Orford.

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A new hiking guidebook is hot off the press. It is “New Hampshire’s 52 with a View: A Hiker’s Guide” by Ken MacGray. Self-published by the author, the first printing was gone in a day. It is getting a lot of positive attention.

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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.