New Hampshire

The Mount Washington Observatory (MWO) perches atop its namesake 6,288-foot peak, the highest summit in the Northeast, and offers a trove of useful information for White Mountains-bound hikers. Online offerings include a series of free and constantly updated web cams of the Presidential Range, a dashboard of current summit conditions, and a daily weather forecast…

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Coastal hiking in the Northeast isn’t just walking on the beach. Forests and fields, bogs and ledges are all part of the coastal environment, and many trails pass over and around some of each. With a cool breeze sweeping in from the Atlantic, these coastal trails are hard to beat for a midsummer hike. Quoddy Head…

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Earlier this spring, AMC released the 2nd edition of my guidebook, AMC’s Best Backpacking in New England. The revised edition features 37 trips across the region, each one of which was researched in the field to ensure the most up-to-date information and accuracy. Here are the crucial items I carry specifically for researching while in…

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Back when a dollar went a lot further than it does today, an overnight stay at AMC’s Carter Notch Hut would run you 75 cents. That was a century ago, and while the Consumer Price Index has since seen more hikes than a chapter trip leader, one could argue that the value of a visit…

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Thinking about your summer outdoor adventures? If you’re interested in spending the night at one of New England’s most iconic destinations, now is the time to make reservations. Here’s what you need to know. Baxter State Park: Chimney Pond Home to mile-high Katahdin and its airy Knife Edge—New England’s only true mountain arête—Baxter State Park is…

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The glaciers that carved Carter Notch between Wildcat Mountain and the Carter Range left several landmarks behind. A jagged boulder field—”The Ramparts”—covers much of the notch, and two tarns hold cool, clear pools. AMC chose these shores for its second hut a century ago. Using native stone, a crew built an approximate replica of the…

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Typically we seek nature to get away from human development. But in the case of the Northeast’s abandoned stone quarries, a past industrial age has left us with especially dramatic landscapes: sheer cliffs, jagged rock piles, deep pools. Not all quarries are open to the public, so before exploring one, make sure that it’s legal…

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Picture a place where you can go with your kids, leave the daily clamor behind, and imagine what it’s like to be a salamander. Better yet, you and your kids can figuratively walk in a salamander’s shoes as part of a naturalist-led outdoor program. We have such a place at the far end of a…

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When spring arrives after a Northeast winter, seeing colorful wildflowers poking out of the newly thawed earth can be a joyful experience. So put away your heavy boots, hang up your winter coat, and try any of these spring nature walks. Wildflowers appear earlier in some locations than in others. These hikes are listed chronologically,…

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About 1,800 miles into their thru-hike of the 2,186-mile-long Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.), northbounders encounter a place where weather, terrain, and hiker services differ markedly from what they’ve come to know from miles and miles and months in the woods. The skies throw in a wild card, what with the trail’s proximity to fabled…

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