Category Hiking Trails In NH

Sweet Trail Durham NH

Such a beautiful day here in New Hampshire Nov 23,2014 and  today how could one not take advantage and get outdoors? Having to take care of some work in the afternoon in the Seacoast we would not be able to do a big hike. We decided to head to Durham where we happened upon the Nature Conservancy‘s Lubberland Creek and Sweet trail Conservation area.

We parked at parking lot 3 located off Durham Point Road. Be sure to get a good look at the kiosk map as the paper map doesn’t show all of the trail system. We began along a trail marked with diamond shaped tin tree markers. At the trail junction (signs) we went left headed North on the Sweet Trail. You stumble along the rocky, but flat to gradual trail past a marsh...

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Franconia Ridge Trail

 

Franconia Ridge Traverse—White Mountain National Forest, N.H.

Little Haystack, Mount Lincoln and Mount Lafayette along a knife-edge, above-treeline trail that plunges thousands of feet to the Walker Brook and Lincoln Brook river valleys below. On a clear day, you can see the entire Pemigewasset Wilderness to the east including distant Bondcliff, the Twins, and Owls Head Mountain. To the east, is the magnificent Cannon Cliff and the Kinsmans, with views of Vermont and even New York State in clear weather.

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Mt. Moosilauke

Top Trails in NH 

Mount Moosilauke is a 4,802-foot-high mountain at the southwestern end of the White Mountains in the town of Benton, New Hampshire. It is the tenth highest and most southwestern of the 4,000 foot summits in the White Mountains NH hiking area.

From I93 in Lincoln, NH take exit 32. Head West on Rt. 112 continuing straight through intersection for Lost River. After passing lost river at about 6.3 miles the trail head will be on your left on a corner. Signs are present.

Our last and first summit of ‘The Moose’ was when we did Beaver Brook Trail in September of 2007, our first year hiking together...

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Mt. Flume and Liberty

Mt Flume - Liberty

Mt. Flume

One Tough Trail

We hiked the loop over Flume and Liberty Sunday. Parked at the hiker parking lot just past the Flume visitor center. Start time was 7:45am. The trail in was wet and muddy down to the bike path. From there we took a right onto Liberty Spring trail and then broke right again onto the Flume Slide trail. It was pretty easy going on the first half of the hike. Gentle to moderate grades, lots of river/brook crossings and the trail was pretty wet in spots.

After making a final crossing of the Flume brook we began our ascent of the slide. A narrow, gravelly trail to start. Then steeper, and then you arrive at the first of many wet rock slabs. The rock slabs require climbing on hand holds and is quite difficult...

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Mt. Waumbek & Starr King via Starr King Trail 2/2/14

Waumbek Trailhead

Waumbek Trailhead

One thing we are not crazy about is winter hiking. Yes the scenery is amazing when everything is cloaked in white, yes the ice hanging over ledges is a site to see and the sound of the snow crunching under your feet is soothing. But it is so tough and often very cold. That is why we generally stick to the smaller and usually more local mountains and hiking trails. On occasion we do however make our way up a big mountain in winter. I had heard that Mt. Waumbek was one of the easiest to hike in this season and I was reading that the lack of snow thus far in the year coupled with the heavy travel the Starr King trail receives, it was bear-bootable and snow shoe’s were pretty-much not needed...

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Morse Preserve (Pine Mt.) 1/19/14

Morse Preserve

Morse Preserve

After receiving a foot of snow Saturday we headed out in snow squalls the following day (Sunday) for a snow shoe hike. At first we were destined for Mt. Major in Alton Bay, NH. However since there would be a lack of a view and since we hadn’t done a lot of hiking as of late, we figured something smaller would be a better option. We decided on the Forest Society owned Morse Preserve on Pine Mt. (also in Alton Bay). I had hiked this a couple times in the summer/fall months with family and knew it would be a great snow shoe hike in the winter months. We arrived at the town forest (plowed) parking lot on Avery Hill Rd. Geared up and headed across the street and a short distance down the road to the gated trail.

Open area on Pine Mt.

Open area on Pine Mt.

It was a nice hike up the old farm r...

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Moose Mountains Reservation 2013 Year in Review

Scott & Jason

Scott & Jason

Happy New Year! Since I haven’t posted any reports for Moose Mountains since April 2013 I figured I would put a Year in Review out for all the great things that has happened this past year. My Partner Scott and I (Jason) have been NH Forest Society Volunteer Land Stewards for Moose Mountains Reservation in Middleton, NH since May 2012. We keep an eye on the 2300 acre forested property which contains woods roads, several mountains and hills and an old farm site and field all connected by woods roads and trails. We maintain the hiking trails and make improvements to the property for recreational use. We spent a combined 320 hours on the property this past year a lot of which was maintaining and building hiking trails...

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Moose Mountains Reservation, Beauty Ledge Trail 11/13/13

Sun Set glow on the valley below Beauty Ledge

Sun Set glow on the valley below Beauty Ledge

It had been three-and-a-half month span since our last hike up Beauty Ledge trail at Moose Mountains Reservation. This is a trail Scott and I built on the Reservation to which we are Forest Society Land Stewards. It was 3:30pm, cold and the sun was setting fast so it was to be a quick hike just to check on how the trail looked. After the mile walk along the woods roads that are Burrows Farm and North trails we began the hike up Beauty Ledge trail. After the steep climb we passed by Snapping Turtle Rock and followed the trail along boulders of broken ledge. Through the woods we could see the massive profile of Beauty Ledge, jutting out into the woods with the appearance of the bow of a battle ship!

The trail breaks away from the ledge area an...

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Mt. Hale via Hale Brook trail 2013 10/27

The snowy, cairn topped summit of Mt. Hale

The snowy, cairn topped summit of Mt. Hale

After over 2 months of absence from the White Mountains and missing the entire foliage season, Scott and I finally were able to add another 4,000 footer to the list! Considered one of the easier 4,000 footer hikes it is still a rough one climbing 2,300 feet in 2.2 miles to a wooded summit!

We began our hike from the Zealand Road; Hale Brook trail head off of Rt. 302. Start time was about 9:30am. The weather was chilly and the parking lot had a dozen cars already in it most of which were out-of-state. There is very little warm up time on this climb! You get to the steep grades quick and there is little relief along the way. The trail is quite rough, loose footing, tree roots and is well worn to where it is no doubt a stream in wet conditions...

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Mt. Major Alton Bay NH

Mount Major Summit Alton Bay, NH

Mount Major Summit Alton Bay, NH

We arrived at the relatively quite parking lot and I decided to take the Boulder trail on the Left side of the parking lot (orange blaze). I had come down this way two or three times with my mom in the winter and was curious as to how it was on dry ground. We made our way past some boulders and stopping to put our necks and heavier hats on. The ground here-and-there was thin curly ice crystals topped with dry mud. Following the logging road we soon came to a trail off the right side. This is what I remember coming down but the blazes continued down the road. I was confused at first but realized that what I thought was the boulder trail is apparently one of the many unmarked trails on this peak.

Continuing on up a hill and through birch and beach tree...

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