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Rarely does my idea for a hike come from what another party has done. But last week I saw online that local Mike Cherim of Redline Guiding had taken a client through Ice Gulch in Randolph. I hiked the Ice Gulch Trail a couple times long ago. It is quite an experience.

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Many White Mountain hikers went to Nancy Pond and Norcross Pond a long time ago, and haven’t returned. I was one of those until last Friday.

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The yellow block designating the hot 90-degree weather for Thursday on the National Weather Service website helped convince a lot of recreationalists to head for the water. Some still hiked before hitting the water.

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As often as possible, I like to go for a hike in the quiet woods of southwest Maine. On a hot and muggy Thursday this week, I climbed Speckled Mountain (2,906 feet) in Stoneham, Maine. I went by my favorite, the Cold Brook Trail. Combined with the 1.4-mile Evergreen Link Trail at the start, …

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This month a second edition of “New Hampshire’s 52 with a View: A Hiker’s Guide” has been published. The first edition published in July 2019 had six printings and sold 2,500 copies and was the second bestselling book of 2019 at North Conway’s White Birch Books.

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Iron Mountain (2726 feet) in Bartlett is one of those peaks that hikers don’t repeat often. This will be especially true now as it has just been deleted from the 52 With a View hiking list, one of three peaks taken off the list to make room for other deserving peaks.

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Sometimes, the time is right for a hike despite what day it is. On the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend, I climbed Mount Chocorua. I knew the summit would be crowded but I left early and didn’t plan to spend a lot of time on top.

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Since I have haunted the White Mountains since the mid-1960s, there are many hikes that I can return to and feel like I’m coming home. One of my favorites is the 7.4-mile round trip hike to the summit of South Baldface (3,570 feet) in North Chatham.

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Last Friday, a friend and I climbed Albany Mountain (1,930 feet) in Albany Township near Bethel, Maine. It was my first time up this easternmost peak in the White Mountain National Forest.

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I’m glad I climbed South Moat Mountain (2,770 feet) on a beautiful Tuesday this week, instead of Memorial Day weekend. I only met five people on the trail. There were no bugs to speak of. I had the windless summit to myself for an hour, and met two ascending women, who I had passed earlier, …

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Last weekend, I headed over to Brownfield, Maine, to climb Burnt Meadow Mountain (1,575 feet). This is a great hike for aerobic exercise and good views in a mellow southwest Maine landscape.

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With trail reopenings in the national forest, hiking locally is easier. This week, a good friend from Conway and I met in the middle. She drove 5.6 miles south on Route 16 and I drove 8.8 miles north from Tamworth. We parked at the gate of the closed White Ledge campground and hiked the 4.4-…

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Many times lately, I have said to friends while walking on a trail or dirt road that we are fortunate to live here. Having the mountains, lakes and rivers nearby makes the current situation almost tolerable.

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The founder of Patagonia, Yvon Chourinard, recently said that before the pandemic, he didn’t celebrate Earth Day because for him every day was a day to celebrate the Earth and one day wasn’t enough. But recent events changed his mind. One day counts.