Half Day

From its headwaters in Crawford Notch, N.H., the Saco River flows 130 miles to Oxford County, Maine, and on into the Atlantic Ocean. With gentle water in some places and fast-paced rapids in others, there’s a section of river for everyone—and we do mean everyone. Known as the floating tailgate party, the Saco gets a…

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A recent string of May showers relegated me to the Green Line instead of my usual bike commute—but all wasn’t lost. On one wet morning, as the train neared Chestnut Hill Station in Newton, Mass., I caught a glimpse of something surprising: trails! Lush, winding trails covered in a soft bed of orange needles and…

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You know the feeling: Yesterday was rainy, but today the sun is out, the sky is clear, the temperature is creeping toward warm. It’s spring, and you’re ready to hit the bike trails. But hold up there, friend. Before you unleash your wheels on vulnerable backcountry mountain bike routes, think about whether there are other…

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You’ve likely heard of New Hampshire’s 4000-footers, those  peaks in the White Mountains with summits cresting 4,000 feet in elevation. Thousands of hikers flock to them each year in search of a challenge. For some, the goal is to complete all 48. For others, it might be a single mountaintop. But where to start if…

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Devoting a few months to completing an entire long trail may not be realistic for everyone, but hiking discrete sections of these trails is more doable—and much closer to home—than you might think. Try one of these eight section hikes for a day away from the hustle and bustle, all within a 90-minute or less…

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A lot more goes into planning a day hike than choosing your target elevation. Here’s a starter checklist. Consider the group. When choosing a route, think about the companions with whom you’ll be hiking. If you’re hiking with a novice, choose a trail that’s beginner-friendly; if you’re hiking with an experienced mountaineer, choose a hike…

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Whipple Hill only stretches about a mile, north to south, and less than that east to west. But with three different blazed loops cutting back and forth between two parking lots, this rolling property in the easternmost corner of Lexington, Mass., makes up for what it lacks in acreage with variety. On an early-May morning,…

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Road cyclists have an embarrassment of riches: Unlike mountain bikers, pretty much anywhere they go, they can ride. If you think about it, our nation’s roads essentially form a coast-to-coast trail system. But some routes beat others, whether that’s due to the terrain, the traffic, or the scenery. Here are three big, ambitious bike rides…

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Sometimes I set out with a specific loop and distance in mind. Other times I plan to wander. And sometimes I stumble from one into the other. A couple weekends ago I decided to take a friend’s recommendation and run through Arlington’s Great Meadow (AGM) over to Whipple Hill and back, making a loop of…

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Just as the foliage of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic reveals its more colorful side, so do the region’s orchards bear fruit of similar hues. For many, an October apple-picking trip begins with a hayride and ends with a mug of steaming mulled cider. Why not lace up your boots or hop on your bike and…

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