Join us for one of the best known, most scenic hikes in the White Mountains. We will take the 4.5 mile Welch-Dickey Loop which includes a modest 1800 feet of elevation gain, featuring panoramic views, and open ledges. We plan a moderate paced, half day hike and is appropriate for beginners, those who want a good warm up, anyone who is working on the 52 WAV list, or anyone who just wants a good half day on the trail. Dogs welcome. MicroSpikes and appropriate footwear will be required for this hike in addition to layers, 2 liters of water, and the normal 3 season gear.
Join us for a day hike along with the AMC family group on Mount Morgan (2220')/Mount Percival (2212') loop (~ 5.3 miles; 1575 feet of elevation gain). This hike is appropriate for kids and adults ages 8+ with some hiking experience on open rocky ledges. We will hike open ledges, a series of fun wooden ladders and tight squeezes through rock caves, cliff faces and rock scrambles, not for the faint of heart, as well as an alternate path or two should caves and ladders not be your thing. The climb is moderate to steep. We will start and end at the Mount Morgan Trailhead. We will take the Mount Morgan Trail, Crawford-Ridgepole Trail, Mount Percival Trail, and Morgan-Percival Connector. We will hike at a moderate pace enjoying the views and lunch on Mount Percival. Total outing time, including lunch and breaks, should be about 5 - 6 hours. Dangerous weather conditions cancel. We will meet at the Mount Morgan trailhead in Holderness, NH along Route 113. From I-93: From I-93, take Exit 24 and follow Rt. 3 South about 4.6 miles to Holderness. Turn left onto NH Rt. 113 and follow it northeast for ~ 5.6 miles to Morgan Trailhead on the left. Parking for this trail is at the end of a short gravel road
Join us for an early spring hike up Mt. Monadnock. This will be an out-and-back hike along the less crowded Pumpelly Trail. Roundtrip dist. is 9 mi. Elev. gain approx. 2300 ft. Microspikes required in case of remaining ice. http://regi.amcboston.org/1526
This two-day intensive workshop will teach you how to confidently navigate on and off trail using a map, compass, and GPS / mobile device. The first day of classroom instruction covers how to read topographic maps, how to use a compass with a map, triangulation, and magnetic declination, and how to plan and follow bearings and hand-rails, including outdoor field exercises on how to apply these skills in practical situations. Classroom instruction will also include how to leverage both available online computer resources and apps for your mobile devices. Day two is an all-day backcountry (off-trail) hike where you'll practice using your navigation skills to climb a trailless mountain in the Crawford Notch Area. The instructors are committed to helping you learn how to navigate and will provide plenty of 1 on 1 instruction and coaching during the course. Participants should have current experience hiking in the White Mountains or comparable terrain and will be required to bring all of the gear on the course gear list, including safety glasses for off-trail eye protection and a mobile device (phone).
Join 2 experienced 4-Season Leaders on their birthday for a celebratory day hike of 4,024' Galehead Mountain. This moderate hike of 10.2 miles round trip and 2,450' elevation gain will be rewarded with a veritable cakefest to be provided by the leaders and coleaders at the Galehead Hut after bagging the summit. Competition for a place on this hike will likely be fierce such that offers of additional baked confections will be gratefully received and could hold sway with the Leaders when screening prospective participants. The hike will take the Gale River, Garfield Ridge and Frost Trails to the summit and will likely take 6-10 hours depending on the amounts of cake consumed. Trail conditions may vary at this time of year, so prepare for snow, ice and mud on the trail.........as well as decadent amounts of cream cheese frosting.
Join us for a moderate-pace mid-spring ascent of Mount Hale (4054), with a visit to Zealand Hut. Expect limited views for much of the hike, with some rocky footing, stream crossings, sections of wet trail, and a ~1 mile road walk. Total mileage=8.7/Total Elevation Gain=2350', Difficulty Rating=A3B
Mt. Moosilauke Loop Hike. Great views, with over a mile above timberline, highlight of this loop is over a 4800' summit. Seven miles, 2300 vertical feet, and good trails make a reasonable day for intermediate hikers who have gotten out a few times this year. With driving, the trip will take all day; carpooling strongly encouraged.
Get the Spring into your legs with this single-day assent of 4 four thousand foot mountains on the edge of the beautiful Pemigewasset Wilderness. Entering and exiting the North Twin Trail we will hike a loop over North Twin, South Twin, Zealand and Hale. Views of surrounding mountains are spectacular! We expect this strenuous 18-mile loop to take about 12 hours to complete.
We will reach Mt Isolation via Davis Path from the Glenn Boulder Trail. We will start at Glenn Ellis Falls, hike up to Glenn Boulder and hike down to Mount Isolation. Our potential alternate below treeline route is the Rocky Branch Trail. The distance is 12.6 miles with 5,150 feet of elevation gain/loss. We will be getting and early start. This hike is involves significant elevation gains and losses throughout the route. There is a 1,350 gain on the return to Glenn Boulder. Please be in good physical condition.
Working on the NE 67? Join us for a three-day peak bagging weekend as we hike all five 4,000 footers of Vermont. Day 1: We'll meet on the way to consolidate cars and plan to hit the trail at a civilized hour, allowing for drive time. The day's goal is Mt. Killington (9.6mi/2650'), with a possible side trip to Pico. Day 2: The adventure continues! Again consolodating cars, we'll start the day bagging Mts. Ellen and Abraham, then drive to bag Camel's Hump. Though we cannot guarantee that weather will cooperate, if it does, you'll be treated to spectacular views on the summit just in time for sunset, where we'll plan to eat dinner. Formal wear encouraged (be creative); we'll provide some privacy for changing (20.6mi/4,200'). Day 3: Because of our late night return from Camel's Hump, day three also guarantees us a late start time as we grab Mansfield before heading back home (4.6mi/2,800'). After the hike, we may do a group dinner at a local restaurant. The group will camp at a Vermont state park and cook leader-provided breakfasts and dinners. Is this hike for you? We're looking for a small group of strong hikers with experience backpacking or with back-to-back hikes, that can handle the distance and elevation gains listed above. Before applying, please make sure your REGI profile is up-to-date with all of your recent, adventurous hikes!
Kick off Memorial Day weekend with this moderate-pace car spot hike that will cover three of New Hampshire's 4,000 footers. We'll pass over the densely-wooded summit of North Twin (4761) and continue on to South Twin (4902) where, if the weather is clear, we should have some great views. We'll continue on to the summit of Galehead (4024) with a stop at Galehead Hut. Expect wet trails and several stream crossings. If the weather is clear we 'll take time to stop and enjoy the view at several outlooks along the way. Allow for extra time for the car spot in planning your day. Total Mileage=12/Total Elevation Gain=3800'/Difficult Rating=A3A
Join us for a hyper-scenic single-day odyssey over the challenging terrain of NH's iconic Presidential Range! We will hike in two teams. A southbound team will follow the classic route from the Appalachia trailhead in Randolph, NH to the Crawford Path trailhead in Bretton Woods. The route includes 10 peaks (Madison, Adams, Jefferson, Clay, Washington, Monroe, South Monroe, Franklin, Eisenhower, Pierce), 7 of which are official 4000 footers. Stats: 20 miles and 8600' of cumulative elevation gain at a moderate pace (1.5+ mph). For an additional 2 miles and 400' of elevation gain, there will be the option of including Mt. Jackson, an 8th official 4000 footer. Concurrently, a northbound team will hike from the AT crossing south of Crawford Notch, up to Appalachia. This route includes 12 peaks (those named above in reverse order, plus Mt. Webster), 8 of which are official 4000 footers. Stats: 24 miles and 9300' of cumulative elevation gain at a fast pace (2+ mph). Paths will cross and car keys will change hands on Mt. Washington. Because of a very early start and late finish, we will offer group lodging options for the nights before and after. Bad weather dates for the hike: Sunday, June 4 or Saturday, June 17.
Working on the NH 48, NE 67 or 52 WAV? This hike has something for you! This is a great opportunity to take a group trip over one of the more distant peaks of the White Mountains. We'll take a steady pace over Mt. Cabot (NH 48) and make our way over to The Bulge (NE 67) and The Horn (NE 67 + 52 WAV), pausing along the way for plenty of water breaks and lunch. While this is one of the "easier" 4,000 footers for those of you just starting out, it is still a strenuous hike. While not known for its views, the trail is pleasant with gentle grades and plenty of scenery to enjoy. Is this hike for you? This is the perfect opportunity to take your hiking to the next level, particularly if you're just starting to experience hiking in the White Mountains. It will "step up" your distance and elevation gain endurance without overwhelming. Fast hikers beware: we'll plan to take a steady approach here, aiming for book time (7h30m). Please note: due to the driving distance from Boston, leaders strongly encourage staying overnight in a nearby hostel or motel (please ask us for recommendations!). Since the Fish Hatchery gate is locked at 4 PM, you should anticipate an early start in order to finish on time.
Join us for a moderately-paced loop hike that will cover two of the 4,000 footers of New Hampshire: Hancock (4420) and South Hancock (4319). The ascent will be steep and rough, and participants should have recent experience hiking in the White Mountains or in comparable terrain. There will be several brook crossings along the route, and we will travel along an old logging road for part of the ascent. Total Mileage=9.8/Total Elevation Gain=2700'/Difficult Rating=A3B
Come join us to hike Mt. Jefferson, New Hampshire's third tallest mountain. If the weather cooperates we will have amazing 360 degree views including Mount Washington to the south. We will climb Mt. Jefferson via an out and back on Caps Ridge Trail. The total mileage will be 5 miles and the elevation gain will be 2,760 feet. Even though we will be taking the easiest route to the summit, the trail is steep, rough, and involves scrambles over ledges. This hike is not a good choice for beginners, hikers who feel uncomfortable on rock slabs, or anyone with a fear of heights. This trip is cross-posted in Hiking/backpacking and Young Members.
Redliners rejoice! Join us for a challenging but unique trip to Mt. Washington. We'll start the day bright and early as we head up the Great Gulf Trail, known for its steep valley, remarkable views of the surrounding mountains and attractive cascades. We'll reach Spaulding Lake just in time for lunch before continuing to the summit (weather pending). After spending some time enjoying the summit views, we'll take an unusual descent down the Wamsutta trail before rejoining the Great Gulf. Total distance + elevation: 15.7mi/5,395' Is this hike for you? We'll be looking for strong hikers with recent experience with large elevation gains and long distances due to the difficulty of this route. For those of you with a fear of heights please note that the Wamsutta trail is steep at times and has one difficult scramble down a chimney.
"First you must find... another shrubbery! Then, when you have found the shrubbery, you must place it here, beside this shrubbery, only slightly higher so you get a two layer effect with a little path running down the middle. ("A path! A path!") Then, you must cut down the mightiest tree in the forest... with... a herring!" ? Graham Chapman Look, we totally get it. Hiking on an unmaintained trail is such a downer, and so is summiting Mt. Isolation. We have the solution! Join us for a day of group trail maintenance and a long journey to the summit of Mt. Isolation, the second shortest peak on the list of forty-eight 4,000 footers. If you're working on a list that requires trail work (48x4, Trailwrights 72), this is an opportunity to progress towards that goal. Your leaders are AMC Trail Adopters, with WFR and AWFA certifications. Under their guidance, you'll learn how to clear out water bars, prune shrubbery and take detailed trail maintenance notes, plus (weather pending!) you'll get to tick off another peak on your list. Is this hike for you? The trip up Isolation is a muddy, relentless haul, so we're looking for strong hikers with experience covering distances of 15+ miles. You should be comfortable with a heavy pack (we'll have shared group gear including tools, plus you'll need to carry 2+ liters of water and food). Basic three-season hiking gear is required plus: long sleeved shirt, long pants (no shorts!), boots that cover the ankles, work gloves to protect your hands, safety glasses or other eye protection. Tools will be provided. Gear is likely to get muddy and/or ripped; durability is more important than light weight.
Join us for a challenging yet rewarding extended loop around the pemigewasset wilderness; approximately 36 miles, hopefully hitting the summits of 11 magnificent 4000'ers for a total elevation gain of +/- 10,000 ft. We will plan to camp at established sites along the trail and will also be attempting at least one sunrise summit. At the sites a caretaker will collect a fee of $10 / person. Total cost will be $20 for both campsites. We will collect this in advance. This weekend backpacking excursion is for experienced hikers, we will be moving at a moderate pace and participants should be able carrying at least 40lbs of gear in their pack including tent, sleeping bag, their own food, water, stoves and filtration system. Be prepared for amazing scenery and a lot of hard work. We will hike rain or shine.
"The long distance hiker, a breed set apart, From the likes of the usual pack. He'll shoulder his gear, be hittin' the trail; Long gone, long 'fore he'll be back." ? M.J. Eberhart The trail everyone loves to hate is due for some summer cleaning! Join us for a day of group trail maintenance on the Fishin' Jimmy and a side trip to two of the forty-eight 4,000 footers, North and South Kinsman. If you're working on a list that requires trail work (48x4, Trailwrights 72), this is an opportunity to progress towards that goal. Your leaders are AMC Trail Adopters, with WFR and AWFA certifications. Under their guidance, you'll learn how to clear out water bars, prune shrubbery and take detailed trail maintenance notes. This is a great opportunity to give back to the mountains we all know and love. Is this hike for you? The Fishin' Jimmy trail has quite the reputation, so we're looking for strong hikers with the endurance to handle a slew of PUDs (that's pointless ups and downs). You should be comfortable with a heavy pack (we'll have shared group gear including tools, plus you'll need to carry 2 liters of water and food). Basic three-season hiking gear is required plus: long sleeved shirt, long pants (no shorts!), boots that cover the ankles, work gloves to protect your hands, safety glasses or other eye protection. Tools will be provided. Gear is likely to get muddy and/or ripped; durability is more important than light weight.
This is a joint Family and Hiking.Backpacking trip. We will be backpacking 2.7 miles up a steady incline to the tentsites at Ethan Pond. The elevation gain will be 1420', 4". The campsite is located on the shore of a pristine mountain pond. Those ambtious enough may try to summit the nearby Mt. Wiley (4285) after making camp. On Sunday morning we make a three mile detour, roundtrip and without full packs, to view Ripley and Arethusa Falls. Registration URL: http://regi.amcboston.org/1476