The cliffs of Mount Webster tower over Crawford Notch and hide the Presidentials behind them. After 2 miles of strenuous hiking, we reach the top of the cliffs and from here we have amazing views straight down into Crawford notch and later, from the top of Mount Jackson, of all the Presidentials beyond. For AT hikers, this is their first view of the crown jewels of the Whites, for us, it is another glimpse of the beauty in our own backyards. This is a moderately strenuous hike.
INTRO TO HIKING/ HIKING SKILLS 1
July 8 - Beginner \ Family Friendly Distance will depend
Something new this year, we are offering an Introduction to Hiking and Hiking Skills Class/Hike in Southern New Hampshire at Pawtuckaway State Park.
We will go over basic equipment, how to pack a pack, pack fitting, efficient hiking and bio-mechanics, how to use poles to help ascend and how to use poles to unload your knees during descent. Through the hike we will discuss good hiking form and practice as well as individual and group safety.
This hike is designed for anyone who has the desire to get out and explore the great outdoors, but doesn't know how to get started. By offering this in Southern NH, we are giving folks an opportunity to try hiking out locally before going up to the White Mountains.
September 3 - Moderate, 10 mi.
Mount Garfield offers good views from the summit (where an old fire tower once stood) of Owls Head, the back side of the Franconia Ridge, the Bonds and the Pemigewasset Wilderness. We hike in along a fairly easy approach that gains elevation through switchbacks towards the end. This is an out and back hike, ten miles in length with a couple of easy water crossing along the way.
One of my favorite hikes, the 360 degree views from the top of Mount Carrigan are one of the finest in the Whites. With views of almost all of the 48 - 4000 footers, one can spend a long time at the top picking out their favorite summits.
We do this hike at the peak of Folliage season to capture all the beauty of the season as the trees erupt in riotous color.
Cost - $100
13 FALLS DOUBLE OVERNIGHT
October 7-9 - Moderate, 7.9 mi. ea. way
On Columbus Day weekend, we will hike into the Pemigewasset Wilderness to 13 Falls campsite, located at the old logging camp 13. This hike is a foliage hike and we will take our time walking beside the east branch of the Pemigewasset River and then up into the meandering brooks of the valley floor. We will make camp at the campsite with hardened tent sites, and spend the night there exploring the myriad of waterfalls, pools and eddies.
The following day, we will take the hike up to Mount Garfield, with the option of going over to Mt. Galehead as well. We will return back to the campsite for an evening back at camp.
On Monday, we will spend the morning exploring the falls and after lunch wander back through the Pemigewasset Wilderness on the western side of Owl’s Head along the Lincoln Brook Trail, stopping, if there is an interest by the group, to climb Owl's Head Mountain.
During the evenings we will talk about backwoods ethics and good campsite hygiene as well as tips and tricks for spending multiple nights on the trail.
Cost - $300, includes meals, and shelter in tent
Mount Carrigan; 360 degrees of winter wonderland
February 24 - Difficult, 15 mi.
One of my favorite hikes, the 360 degree views from the top of Mount Carrigan provide some of the finest in the Whites. With views of 43 of the 48 - 4000 footers, one can spend a long time on the tower at the top picking out favorites. This will be a great hike!
We make this even more special by doing it in the deep down of winter. This is long for a winter hike, so you should be fit, but the trek will be rewarded with spectacular views! Snowshoes and poles are required and you should contact Charlie for other recommended equipment.
The winter can turn an ordinary landscape into something magical. We will trek up into the mountains where the snow will be measured in feet, not inches.
This hike is designed to be an introduction to winter hiking for those that have not hiked in the winter or have little winter hiking experience. We will hike in the Crawford Notch area, most likely on Mt. Pierce, but which particular peak we hike will be dependent upon trail conditions. If we hike Pierce, from the top we will have a great view of the Southern Presidentials if the weather cooperates!
Hikers should be moderately fit, and should have done some amount of summer hiking. All hikers will need snowshoes and poles. Other equipment needs should be discussed with Charlie.
We will have a number of mountaineering, hiking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing excursions this winter, but because many trips will dependent upon weather and trial conditions, we will not be posting the adventures too far in advance. Please use the link below to put yourself on the email list and we will send you notifications when new trips are posted. You may also check back frequently for these specific adventures
At the height of blueberry season, we will climb up the Blueberry Ledge trail to the top of Mount Whiteface. This mountain is in the Sandwich Range and the views are to the south over the lakes region. Despite this being one of NH's 48 4000 footers, this is a nice moderate hike and could be good for families with older kids or teens.
Cost - $100
All done this season- SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!
MOOSILAUKE BY MOONLIGHT
August 25 - Strenuous, 7.6 mi.
The night before the full moon, we will take the difficult and challenging Beaver Brook Trail up Mount Moosilauke. This trail goes up along often challenging ledgey rock beside a beautiful cascade which, if we are lucky, will glow as if from another world under the light of the full moon. The bare summit of Moosilauke, on a clear full moon night, will be bright enough to read by.