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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 …

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In this weekly hiking column, suggested hikes take the form of personal experiences, giving people a taste of what it is like out there. This week, I’m going to recap a few hikes over the past months that I didn’t write about. The last one is the shortest but was especially interesting, and …

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Immediately to the south of the Sandwich Range are some beautiful grassy intervales. Walking on the roads through these can be a pleasure, especially the morning after a substantial snowfall.

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On Saturday, April 6, I carpooled to a special spring gathering at the Prospect Mountain High School in Alton called “Saving Special Places, New Hampshire’s Annual Land Conservation Conference.” It is organized by the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension.

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With record snow in the mountains and popular trails packed down, trail conditions have been excellent, though much warmer temperatures will soon return and change will come quickly.

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Last night, I had a mild dose of insomnia. I briefly pondered what I could do about it. Another time recently, I thought of imagining myself outside in nature, and that was relaxing.

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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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It is fun to drive across the mountains to do hikes on the westernmost edge of the White Mountain National Forest. My artist friend Bob Gordon of Conway has been casually working on the hiking list called “52 with a View.” He goes with various friends, and I have been on a couple, including …

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Is a longer hike better? Maybe if you are gauging your fitness. But getting the most enjoyment out of a hike depends on many things, and often a moderate or easy hike really pans out in the enjoyment department.

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New Hampshire has a multitude of mountains, large and small, and often the smaller ones offer quiet wilderness. Recently on a beautiful windless day, I went for a pleasant hike up 1,339-foot Mount Whiteface in North Wolfeboro with a friend from that town, Beverly Woods.