This winter hike up Mount Washington was almost cancelled because of the forecast, but we lucked out with a nice window of weather on the morning of President’s Day. The trails were perfectly packed and there was very little ice, but I was still very glad for my new crampons and ice ax while going up and down the Lion’s Head winter route. The weather on the summit was very mild and my group of four shared it with a group of skiers that came up the cog railway.
Parked at Pinkham Notch Visitor Center of Route 16, Jackson, NH
Hiked up Tuckerman Ravine Trail to intersection with Fire Road
Turned right on Fire Road to intersection with Lion’s Head Trail (Winter Route)
Turned left on Lion’s Head Trail (Winter Route) to intersection with Tuckerman Ravine Trail
Turned right on Tuckerman Ravine Trail to summit of Mount Washington
Same route back to parking lot
Date: 15 February 2021 Distance: 7.9 miles Moving Time: 03:27:03 Pace: 26:14/mile Elevation Gain: 4606′
It was February already and I hadn’t yet gone for a hike. I was getting stir-crazy, so Lindsay convinced me to get to the mountains for my health. I chose to do the Doubleheads as they were the closest New Hampshire 200 Highest peaks I hadn’t done. I got up at 4am and to the trailhead just before sunrise. I was unsure if it was kosher to hike up the ski trail, but there was a sign explaining trail manners for doing so. If I wasn’t redlining, or first person up the mountain, then the best trail up Doublehead was Old Path. But, there was a packed trail from people skinning up and I hardly left a mark. After the ski trail the remaining trails were unbroken, which was specially fun floating down New Path. I added some extra vert by redlining Old Path before heading to South Doublehead.
Parked at Doublehead Ski Trail parking off Dundee Road, Jackson, NH
Snowshoe up Doublehead Ski Trail to summit of North Doublehead
Turn right on Old Path to intersection with New Path
Turn right on Old Path to intersection with Doublehead Ski Trail and return to previous intersection
Turn right on New Path to Summit of South Doublehead and continue to intersection with South Doublehead View Spur
Turn left on South Doublehead View Spur to view and return to intersection
Turn left on New Path and follow to Dundee Road
Turn right on Dundee Road and follow back to parking
Date: 06 February 2021 Distance: 5.0 miles Moving Time: 02:32:19 Pace: 30:35/mile Elevation Gain: 2746′
In the seemingly never-ending pursuit to hike the New Hampshire 200 Highest and to red-line the White Mountains National Forest trails, I headed to one of my favorite areas to hike: Evan’s Notch. I originally planned to hike on both sides of the notch, starting with the Royces, and then heading over to Speckled and Blueberry Mountains on the east side. But, black ice on the trail slowed my pace, and my feet hurt (endless battle with plantar fasciitis). So, I bailed after East Royce to get done before dark. Plenty of waterfalls to see on this hike, and the view on East Royce was surprisingly excellent.
Parked at Basin Pond on Basin Road in Chatham, NH
Hiked Basin Trail to intersection with Hermit Falls Loop
Left on Hermit Falls Loop to Hermit Falls and around to Basin Trail
Right on Basin Trail to red-line and then up to Rim Junction
Right on Basin Rim Trail to West Royce and continued to intersection with Royce Connector Trail
Left on Royce Connector Trail to intersection with East Royce Trail
Left on East Royce Trail to summit of East Royce and back to intersection
Right on Royce Connector Trail to intersection with Royce Trail
Left on Royce Trail to trail head on Route 113
Right on Route 113, then right on Basin Road, and back to parking lot
Date: 27 November 2020 Distance: 11.5 miles Moving Time: 05:00:46 Pace: 26:10/mile Elevation Gain: 3570′
I hadn’t done Mount Paugus, and had a whole bunch of Tracing the White Mountains Trails to do, so I joined Jeff and Yudi for a hike. Not only did we enjoy the view at the south peak of Mount Paugus, but we also made the gnarly bushwhack out to the true summit for our New Hampshire 200 Highest lists. After Paugus, we continued to the always wonderful Mount Chocorua to finish up a few trails on its western side. It was a long but great day in the woods.
Parked at Liberty Trail parking on Chocorua Mountain Road, Albany, NH
Hiked up Chocorua Mountain Road to Whitin Brook Trail
Left on Whitin Brook Trail to Cabin Trail
Right on Cabin Trail to Lawrence Trail
Right on Lawrence Trail to south peak of Mount Paugus
Bushwhack to Mount Paugus true summit and back
Left on Old Paugus Trail to intersection of Bee Line Trail
Left on Bee Line Trail to Brook Trail
Left on Brook Trail to intersection with West Side Trail
Left on West Side Trail to Three Sister’s Trail
Right on Three Sister’s Trail to summit of Mount Chocorua
Down Liberty Trail to parking lot
Date: 21 November 2020 Distance: 15.1 miles Moving Time: 06:47:48 Pace: 26:58/mile Elevation Gain: 5021′
My friend John completed his New Hampshire 4000 Footer list with Mount Carrigain. Our friend Michael and I joined him, his two daughters and his dog for the hike. John, Michael and I started hiking together seven years ago with their first 4000 Footer, Wildcat D. John and Michael joined me for the completion of my 4000 Footer list in 2017, and John and I joined Michael for his in 2018, so it was only fitting that we were there for John as well.
Parked at Signal Ridge Trail parking on Sawyer River Road
Hiked Signal Ridge Trail to the summit of Mount Carrigain
Continued down Desolation Trail to Carrigain Notch Trail
Turned right on Carrigain Notch Trail looping back to Signal Ridge Trail
Stayed straight on Carrigain Notch Trail at intersection with Nancy Pond Trail
Turned left on Signal Ridge Trail and followed back to parking
Date: 28 August 2020 Distance: 13.5 miles Moving Time: 05:06 Pace: 22:44/mile Elevation Gain: 3737′
I got up early on a Monday morning to get in a mountain run before picking up my kids for a vacation day. I try to stick to the rule of running or hiking at least as long as the total drive time. Sometimes the pull to the mountains is greater than arbitrary rules. On the summit I met a guy who spent the previous couple days hiking and camping in the Caribou/Speckled Mountains, and that morning made the long drive home. When he got there he realized he had lost his false front teeth. Amazingly, he made the drive back up to the mountains, hiked back up Speckled Mountain to where he had camped over night, and found his teeth on the ground!
Parked near Evergreen Link Trail on Mountain Road in Stoneham, ME
Ran up Evergreen Link Trail to Cold Brook Trail
Left on Cold Brook Trail to summit of Speckled Mountain
Back same route to parking
Date: 25 May 2020 Distance: 6.9 miles Moving Time: 01:58:55 Pace: 17:18/mile Elevation Gain: 2246′
I have been trail running for a year or so but on mostly flat trails near my house. After a few excursions to small mountains in my area, I decided I wanted to try out a long run with more serious climb. I picked out an area on my White Mountain National Forest maps that looked good (I had heard Blueberry Mountain was nice) and headed out.
After having some trouble finding the trail head (pro-tip: the road is called Stone House Road, Google Maps says Shell Pond Road) I parked in the lot by the Stone House gate and started my run.
In early 2017 my friend Michael and hike snowshoed a loop of Mount Whiteface and Mount Passaconaway. I was grabbing them for my Grid and Winter New Hampshire 4000 Footers lists, and he was getting them for his New Hampshire 4000 Footers list.
Parked at Ferncroft Parking of Ferncroft Road
Walked down Ferncroft Road to Blueberry Ledge Trail
Snowshoed up Blueberry Ledge Trail to intersection with Rollins Trail
Continued up Rollins Trail to Mount Whiteface summit and along the ridge to Dicey’s Mill Trail
Turned left at Dicey’s Mill Trail and hiked up to Passaconaway summit and to Walden Trail
Turned right on Walden Trail and down to Wonalancet Ridge Trail
Turned right on Wonalancet Ridge Trail to Hibbard Mountain and Mount Wonalancet, and then down to Old Mast Road
Turned right on Old Mast Road and returned to Ferncroft parking
Date Hiked: 04 February 2017 Elevation Gain: 4500′ Distance: 11.0 miles Book Time: 7:45