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When you live close to a mountain and you are a hiker, it is an opportunity. The mountain can play an important role in your fitness and well-being that lasts for years.

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Here we are in the winter. I briefly talked to Jeff Fongenie this Friday morning. He is a U.S. Forest Service snow ranger who works on the east side of Mount Washington.

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Favorite mountains are plentiful in New Hampshire. They are all shapes and sizes like Mount Monadnock in the south, South Baldface in the east, Mount Adams in the Presidentials. All of these have a timberline, with endless vistas above it.

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There is another Doublehead Mountain besides the one in Jackson, and that is Doublehead Mountain (2,120 feet) in the Squam Range above Sandwich.

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This week on a chilly Tuesday, I did some hiking and bushwhacking in the Green Hills Preserve above North Conway. I was looking for an old trail between Middle Mountain and Rattlesnake Mountain that I used to take with friends. Part way up, on the opposite side of the ravine from the trail, …

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Every November, I like to head over to Waterville Valley and climb Welch/Dickey, two small peaks with fabulous views from granite ledges. This is a highly popular hike, and late fall is a good time to avoid the crowds. This Thursday was a warm gift for those who like to get outside, and I dr…

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Pine Mountain (2,405 feet) in Gorham is visible off to the left from Route 16 as you drive north from Pinkham Notch. Many people travel by it every day. Far fewer climb it, but its popularity has grown since it was put on the “New Hampshire 52 With a View” list in 2020.

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The 2.6-mile section of the Moat Trail up South Moat (2,770 feet) is very popular with locals as well as visitors to the area. During the last few years, especially during the pandemic, its use has grown dramatically.

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Iron Mountain (2,726 feet) in Jackson has a new 1-mile section of trail well worth checking out. It was a collaborative effort by the White Mountain National Forest, the White Mountain Trail Collective and the Appalachian Mountain Club.

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In fall of 2013, I took this hike and this column was first published. However, something surprising occurred a few days after it was in the newspaper that completes the story. So here it is with the final event at the end of the column. Has anything similar happened to you?

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Mount Israel (2,630 feet) in Sandwich was climbed by many hikers in the past, is climbed by many in the present and will be climbed by many in the future. As I neared the summit in the late afternoon this past Tuesday and looked down at tree roots on the trail in the shady evergreen forest, …

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I was up in North Chatham on Route 113 below Evans Notch the other day on my way to do a hike and decided to stop by Notch View Farm. This is the big white house and fields on the left, across the street from the Stone House Road, about 6.9 miles north of the Stow Corner Store.