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In 1908, Warren W. Hart, an indefatigable tramper, hiked down into the Great Gulf from Mount Jefferson. Hemmed in by the Northeast’s highest peaks, including Mounts Jefferson, Adams, Madison, and Washington, the Great Gulf had seldom been traversed and never logged prior to Hart’s journey. The remote wilderness and its rugged backdrop ignited Hart’s imagination…

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As the days become shorter and the nights cool, trees blush as summer green drains from their leaves. Autumn triggers apple picking, county fairs, and weekends spent tramping through dappled woods in search of foliage-studded vistas. Fire lookouts, once used for spotting smoke and flames, are now vantage points for spying the vibrant oranges, reds,…

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Two Peaks in One Day

September 1, 2008

The surge often happens when the trail levels off and trees no longer seem to march uphill. Or when the dirt path scuffs onto open slabs of granite. You know you’re close so your pace quickens until you are standing on a summit, admiring vistas of nearby peaks, erratic cliffs, or rivers tumbling out of…

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On June 17, 1896, three MIT students had bicycled from Boston to North Sandwich, N.H., to climb 4,043-foot Mount Passaconaway. Leaving from Birch Intervale, the former name for a section of the town of Tamworth, these men climbed the peak in less than three hours. They described the weather that day as “hazy, with occasional…

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Backcountry Ponds

July 1, 2008

Pooled in a mountain cavity or glacial depression, remote ponds are backcountry oases framed by trees like white pine and hemlock or clusters of fern and sphagnum moss, where shorelines roughened by scattered rocks yield to small beaches of mud. Wildlife—from moose and beaver to golden eagles and blue-headed vireos—converge on these water bodies, making…

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In July 1919, AMC purchased Ledges Camp in North Chatham, N.H., and renamed it Cold River Camp. The property is located in Evans Notch, a rugged area of baldface mountains and ledges on the eastern fringe of the White Mountain National Forest, straddling the Maine and New Hampshire border. Offering no less in the way…

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Summer in the Northeast often includes trips to sandy beaches, bracing plunges in chill Atlantic waters, and strolls along the shore. Discovery awaits in the sand and surf, in the seashells and shorebirds. Leave the surf’s edge, and you will find entirely new coastal ecosystems, where cliffs are scoured raw by wind and briny water,…

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Go deep into the wilds of New England. Better yet, submerse yourself on a multi-day hiking adventure. excerpted from the new book, AMC’s Best Backpacking in New England, these hikes represent the author’s favorite destinations and showcase the essential features of the book’s 33 trips. The vast majority of hikes are loops, designed to maximize…

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Clyde Smith Sr., his wife Hilda, their son Clyde “Mickey” Smith Jr., and their dog Rex pose on top of Mount Cardigan, circa 1930s. Smith was warden of Cardigan’s fire tower for several years, spending summers on the mountain with his family. He later worked for the White Mountain National Forest and N.H. Trails Bureau…

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Old-Growth Forests

April 1, 2008

They’re out there. Weathered trunks of scaled bark that feed into spires of canopies that eclipse light. At their base, roots that have spent decades burrowing into soil. There is precious little forest in the Northeast that has not been logged or grazed, but stands of undisturbed trees 150 years or older do exist. Old…

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