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Yesterday morning, I wanted to get outside a bit before a noon engagement. I decided to take a quick hike up to the fire tower on Great Hill in Tamworth. I never thought about writing about it until my partner suggested it later. After all, the western approach from Great Hill Road is usuall…

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Last week, I printed a 2015 article about Devil’s Slide in Stark. I mentioned that I had combined two short hikes that day in the North Country: Devil’s Slide and Mount Jasper in Berlin, which I hit on the way back home.

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North Conway is in the Saco River corridor between north/south mountain ridges. On the east side is the unique Green Hills, visible from most places in the valley and especially across the fields on West Side Road as you head north.

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Thursday morning this week, I drove to Plymouth to see the latest exhibit at the Museum of the White Mountains called “Walking in the Whites: A Poet/Painter Dialogue.” It is a collaboration of Sandwich residents Timothy Muskat and Kathryn Field.

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Mary’s Mountain is a 944-foot peak located in the 2,661-acre Freedom Town Forest. My friend Beverly Woods of Wolfeboro and I went there on a beautiful Wednesday this week, and enjoyed the warm weather and some sun on the summit before Thursday’s rain.

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On a gorgeous warm and windless fall day, we decided to do a moderate hike up Mount Crawford (3,119 feet) off the Davis Path. We knew that the summit’s rocky promontory was a perfect place to look out over the mountains around Crawford Notch to the west, and the nearby Montalban Ridge to the north.

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The foliage is in full flower, and what better way to celebrate it than to return to the classic White Mountain hike: Mount Willard (2,800 feet) at the head of Crawford Notch.

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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.