On a hot day this week, I hiked to Carter Ledge, a unique bare granite ridge top below Mount Chocorua and Middle Sister. This 5.6-mile round trip hike offers good exercise and spectacular views. That was why I went. The added bonus of a breeze from the west on top was welcome.
Isaac White (left) and Ridley Parsons on the summit of Mount Sabattus. (ED PARSONS PHOTO)Climbing 1,253-foot Mount Sabattus in Lovell, Maine, is always a pleasant half-day excursion. On the summit is a great south-facing clifftop view. If I lived nearby, it would be a place I would go all th…
This week, I brought two friends on hikes they hadn't done before. One of them I brought to Heron Pond in the Chocorua Conservation Lands. The other I brought to Bayle Mountain in the Ossipee Range.
Hiking is normally equated with reaching a goal like a mountaintop or the end of a trail. But there is another reason to be out there: The relaxing enjoyment of being out in nature.
One of the pleasures of hiking a smaller mountain is that it seems to leave more room for reflection, rather than concentrating on the physical task. Such was the case for me this Wednesday when two of us combined a trip to Plymouth with hiking up Rattlesnake Mountain (1,594 feet) in Rumney.
A few weeks ago, on one of the first busy Saturdays of spring, three of us were looking for a moderate hike without a lot people. We chose Table Mountain (2,610 feet) in Bartlett. It was just what we wanted.
There is a city in India is called Pondicherry, which is affectionately known by the locals as Pondy. Back in New Hampshire, Pondicherry National Wildlife in Jefferson is affectionately known by many as Cherry Pond. After all, this is New England, and we don't want to get too casual.But Cher…
There is a new hiking guide, "Go Take a Hike: Hiking Tips and Outings for Seniors in Western Maine and the White Mountains" by Allen Crabtree, that I highly recommend.
My hiking advice this week is take a friend to a waterfall. With high water lingering from the recent nor'easter, this is a good weekend to do go. Rain will likely return Monday.
In the past few years, I've seen more of the Pacific Ocean than the Atlantic. Since I live in Tamworth, how is that possible? I guess the White Mountains have captivated my attention here in the summer. Plus, usually once a year, I try to get out and visit my brother, Clay, and his wife, Kar…
On Saturday, April 8, I went to a daylong conference called Saving Special Places. It was New Hampshire's annual land conservation conference, and took place at Prospect Mountain High School in Alton.
During a 20 minute meditation yesterday morning, a thought occurred to me about what I should write about this week in my hiking column. It's OK to think while meditating, right? I was recovering from a bout of flu, and hadn't been out for a hike lately.