Current Conditions

Greetings from Pinkham Notch! Today is the Vernal Equinox meaning that the length of day and night are equal; which also means the days are getting longer for more opportunity to be outside to hike, climb and ski! This morning we woke up to a beautiful sunrise with some alpineglow on the Presidential Range. The…

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A couple Fridays ago, Dylan, one of the winter caretakers, stopped by the front desk and asked me if I was interested in doing a hut check with him.  The forecast from the Mount Washington Observatory was calling for a sunny day with moderate winds (by our mountain standards).  “Will I get paid?” I asked. …

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A great mix of hiking and ski trails makes Cardigan a popular destination for winter sports and outdoors enthusiasts! With over three feet of snow covering the upper and lower trails, downhill and cross country skiers report great conditions. Most hikers are using snow shoes to get around the trails, and traction is recommended for…

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The Mount Cardigan ski trails in Alexandria, NH are the unsung heroes of backcountry skiing here in the northeast which delivers some classic mountain runs that descend the east side of the Mount Cardigan summit ridge to the AMC’s Cardigan Lodge with a vertical drop of 1,750 feet. There are many different options for all…

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Yesterday was a beautiful day to head up to Carter Notch Hut to stay overnight. The trails around Pinkham Notch are in great shape and most of the trails to the huts are packed down so all  that is needed to hike up to the huts is some light traction devices, although yesterday I was…

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These past few weeks we have received a few feet of snow in the White Mountains which has made for a solid base on the backcountry skiing trails with the few inches we received this weekend has made for some great skiing and hiking conditions in the wooded areas. We are also expecting more snow…

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Last Sunday, I was trying to make a decision for what to do with my day. With so many great trails near the PinkhamNotch Visitor Center, it can be difficult to pick one.  Luckily, one of our information volunteers, Brenda, invited me to go on a hike with her.  Her plan was to hike past…

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The storm that passed through on Tuesday dropped a nice fluffy cushion on the area, so I figured I’d give the snowshoes a whirl. On Thursday morning, I walked to the south end of the parking lot at the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center and hopped onto The Direttissima. Having taken the same trail to Glen…

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View from the outlooks on the ridge, Appalachian Trail Greetings from New Jersey! As some of you may know we usually post trail conditions from the White Mountains in New Hampshire, but for the next couple of weeks I am working down at the Mohican Outdoor Center in Blairstown, NJ and am able to go…

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The Pine Mountain Trail from Gorham, NH was reopened in the 1990s to restore an abandoned section of the Pine Link Trail that once linked an old route of the Appalachian Trail (AT) with the Northern Presidentials. The trail is now designated with yellow and orange blazes, but you can still see some of the…

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