Recently, I did a hike that I haven’t done in more than a decade: the 5.4-mile Mount Morgan/Mount Percival loop in the Squam Range in Holderness.
Recently, I climbed Mount Chocorua and neighboring Middle Sister on my own. It was a gorgeous, calm-before-the-storm day. I had the mountain to myself and met one couple on the way down.
Mount Washington (6,288 feet), the highest peak east of the Mississippi and north of the Carolinas, hangs over the valley. The human experience on the mountain is beyond measure (for example, last year 350,000 people visited the summit’s Mount Washington State Park in five months).
On a beautiful day this week, I wanted to get up to Pinkham Notch and hike up to Square ledge and go to Lost Pond. There are spectacular views of Mount Washington from both.
It is fun to write about a spur of the moment hike. When I stepped out my door Thursday morning during the snow storm, I encountered a winter wonderland in the best sense. Big snowflakes — like clusters of cotton — fell at an unhurried pace and draped generously over the nearby tall pines. I…
I likely won’t get up Mount Adams (5,799 feet) this winter for various reasons. But this triangular peak is one of the highlight destinations in the White Mountains. People who climb it remember that day without any trouble. Second highest in the region to Mount Washington, it is a true summ…
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.
This is a hiking column that I wrote in 2014. It is worth reprinting, not only to remind Mount Washington hikers that safety is a priority more important than reaching the top, but to remind people that climbing New England’s highest peak in the snowy season has become a valued experience fo…
This Thursday was cold and windy. On Mount Washington the wind was 78.2 mph with a maximum wind of 110 mph. The average temperature was minus 13 Fahrenheit. Open areas in the valley got blasted.
Mount Washington Hotel, Glen House, Crawford House, Profile House, Mount Pleasant House, Ravine House — these were named for the surrounding White Mountain landscape. The same is true for the Eagle Mountain House, first built in 1849, destroyed by fire in 1915, rebuilt in 1916 and expanded in 1929.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.