Hiking the White Mountains: A Guide to New Hampshire's Best Hiking Adventures

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Lace up your boots and sample thirty-nine of the finest trails the White Mountains have to offer. Whether you are in search of a 360-degree mountaintop view, a dramatic waterfall, or a pristine pond, this guide takes you to the most scenic locations in New England's most rugged mountains, some well-known and others off the beaten path. Take in incredible views from the fire tower atop Mount Cardigan; climb along Franconia Ridge with its endless views; trek up to Arethusa Falls, the highest waterfall in New ...

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Overview

Lace up your boots and sample thirty-nine of the finest trails the White Mountains have to offer. Whether you are in search of a 360-degree mountaintop view, a dramatic waterfall, or a pristine pond, this guide takes you to the most scenic locations in New England's most rugged mountains, some well-known and others off the beaten path. Take in incredible views from the fire tower atop Mount Cardigan; climb along Franconia Ridge with its endless views; trek up to Arethusa Falls, the highest waterfall in New Hampshire; or tackle Mount Adams, Mount Washington, and other peaks in the Presidential Range.For more than thirty years, FalconGuides® have set the standard for outdoor guidebooks. Written by top experts, each guide invites you to experience the adventure and beauty of the outdoors. Features• Hikes suited to every ability• Directions to the trailheads • Trail Finder for best hikes for dogs, children, viewing platforms, and fire towers• Comprehensive trail descriptions with mile-by-mile directional cues• GPS coordinates• Difficulty ratings and average hiking times for every featured hike• Contacts, trail usage, canine compatibility, and more

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762745265
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/15/2010
  • Series: Regional Hiking Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,368,970
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Densmore, who has been hiking the Green Mountains for more than thirty years, is the Emmy-winning host of Wildlife Journal (PBS) and a writer and nature photographer whose work has appeared in Backpacker, Her Sports, Vermont Life, and Vermont Magazine.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction viii

Human History of the White Mountains viii

Geology viii

Wildlife ix

Climate xi

Backcountry Safety and Hazards xii

Backcountry Essentials xiv

Zero Impact xvi

Hiker's Checklist xvi

How to Use This Guide xvii

Trail Finder xix

Map Legend xxii

The Hikes: Dartmouth-Sunapee Region and the Southern Whites 1

1 Mount Cardigan 2

2 Mount Kearsarge 68

3 Grand Monadnock 11

4 Mount Moosilauke 16

5 Smarts Mountain 20

Franconia Region 25

6 Franconia Ridge 26

7 Liberty-Flume Loop 31

8 Mount Pemigewasset 36

9 Mount Carrigain 39

10 South Twin 43

11 Bondcliff-Zeacliff Traverse 47

12 Artists Bluff 54

13 North Sugarloaf and Middle Sugarloaf 57

Crawford Notch and the Southern Presidential 61

14 Arethusa Falls-Frankenstein Cliff 62

15 Mount Avalon 66

16 Mount Eisenhower 69

17 Webster-Jackson Traverse 74

18 Mount Willard 79

Mount Washington and the Northern Presidentials 83

19 Mount Adams 84

20 Mount Madison 88

21 Mount Jefferson 92

22 Mount Washington 95

23 Tuckerman Ravine-Boott Spur Loop 100

Waterville Valley Region 105

24 Hedgehog Mountain 106

25 Mount Osceola 110

26 Mount Tripyramid 114

27 Welch-Dickey Loop 119

28 Whiteface-Passaconaway Loop 123

Lakes Region 129

29 Belknap Mountain 130

30 Mount Major 134

31 Mount Morgan-Mount Percival Loop 138

32 West Rattlesnake 143

North Conway Area 147

33 Baldface Loop 148

34 Carter Dome-Mount Hight Loop 153

35 Mount Chocorua 157

36 Kearsarge North 161

37 North Moat-Red Ridge Loop 164

38 Wildcat 168

Jefferson Area 173

39 Mount Cabot-Unknown Pond Loop 174

Appendix A For More Information 179

Appendix B Further Reading 180

Appendix C The 48 over 4,000 Feet 181

Hike Index 183

About the Author 185

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