Granite Staters make hiking history on Cohos Trail

New Hampshire hikers braved everything El Nino could throw at them — frigid temperatures, harsh winds and snow — to accomplish something no one had done before. Swanzey brothers Collin, 22, Ian, 26, and Ryan Hart, 24, along with their friend Matt Miller, 24, of Wilmot, became the first people to ever thru-hike the Cohos Trail in winter, according to Kim Nilsen, the...

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New Hampshire Grid Challenge

The 11,000 pictures Jeb Bradley has snapped of New Hampshire’s White Mountains may sound like a lot, but maybe not when spread across The Grid. Bradley, a Republican state senator from Wolfeboro, is among five dozen diehard hikers who have completed The Grid challenge, in which hikers summit each of New Hampshire’s 48 mountains higher than 4,000 feet in each month of the...

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Mount Monadnock a hiking challenge despite its looks

From a distance, New England’s beloved Mount Monadnock looks distinctly unthreatening. Veteran hikers seeking a challenge might be dubious at first, but this balding geezer of a mountain is plenty rugged. Monadnock rises 3,165 feet in Cheshire County, near the town of Jaffrey in New Hampshire’s southwestern corner. The name comes from a Native American term...

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Where The Wild Things Reign – Hiking The Cohos Trail

With more than 4,000 miles of hiking trails, it’s not too hard to get away from it all in New Hampshire. But if you want to get even further away, you could head out on the Cohos Trail, one of the wildest, most remote trails in New England. The Cohos Trail is a 165 miles long approximately. It utilizes new trail, moose paths, existing trails, old ways, old rail...

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Popular New Hampshire hiking trails now permanently protected

This past week, the Society for the Protection of NH Forests announced that The Everybody Hikes Mt. Major fundraising campaign has acheived its goal of $1.8 million for acquiring 980 acres on and near the mountain. “We are very grateful that the campaign received more than 1,900 gifts ranging from $2 to $340,000. Gifts came in from 31 states, from as far away as...

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Venture to N.H. for quality hiking

Less than two hours from Portland, ME, Crawford Notch is a deep scar in New Hampshire’s midsection. The deep gorge, cut into granite by the Saco River, stretches from Hart’s Location on its south end to Carroll on its north. Much of the notch and its surrounding environs are within the boundaries of the Crawford Notch State Park. The whole thing is bisected by Route 302,...

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Presidential Traverse hike is thrilling, but be prepared

One of the most challenging day hikes in New England is the Presidential Traverse, a gargantuan ramble over all the major peaks of the Presidential Range in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Tackling the hike means anywhere from 12 to 20 hours on your feet for some 19 to 23 miles while you gain about 9,000 feet of elevation. Beginning around the summer solstice in...

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NH Investigators Ask Hikers In White Mountains To Look For Clues In Cold Case

Vacationers in the White Mountains this holiday weekend are being asked to look for clues in a cold case murder dating back 13 years. “It’s vast territory and a lot of weather in between,” said hiker Ginny Teneyck. “You never know what you’ll find.” After arriving at the Joe Dodge Lodge at the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center back in November 2001, Louise Chaput quickly went...

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Voluntary Hiker Fee Targets Search-and-Rescue Costs

New Hampshire, home of New England’s tallest peak and a draw for hikers, wants would-be adventurers to start paying upfront to help cover search-and-rescue costs. Advancing legislation would create voluntary “hike safe” cards—$25 for an individual and $35 for a family a year—that would free them from footing the bill if they are found negligent when...

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Featured National Recreation Trails: Mud Pond Trail – Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge, New Hampshire

The Mud Pond Trail was constructed by the Youth Conservation Corps, US Fish and Wildlife Service staff and volunteers from the Friends of Pondicherry over a five summer period. Visitors walk through an forest community uncommon to the Connecticut River Valley to a beautiful pond and fen deep within the refuge. The trail takes visitors, including those in strollers and...

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Online guide welcomes Appalachian Trail hikers

It’s one thing to put one foot in front of the other, day after day, month after month, for more than 2,000 miles. It’s a challenge of another sort to plan that kind of journey. Yet, every year, about 3,000 hikers make just such a plan as they set out to walk the entire Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.), from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Katahdin in...

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4,000-foot-high winter hikes? Why not.

Intrepid hikers unite to scale New England’s highest peaks in the region’s deadliest weather. Matthew Provencher was terrified digging the body from the snowbound devastation wrought by an avalanche in Tuckerman Ravine. Provencher was on winter mountain patrol for the US Forest Service in New Hampshire when disaster struck a hiker in near-whiteout conditions on one of...

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Progress made on goal to protect Mt. Major hiking trails

Fundraising efforts to protect New Hampshire’s Mount Major and preserve its trails are making progress. The Lakes Region Conservation Fund and the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests are trying to buy and conserve 950 acres. The organizations said a family foundation gave an anonymous gift of $30,000 recently, and the New Hampshire Conservation...

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With NFF funds, Appalachian Mountain Club helps re-open trails

Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) has a long standing history of trail work in the Appalachian region. AMC promotes the protection, enjoyment and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters and trails of the Appalachian region. They also promote recreational enjoyment opportunities on the trails. Through a collaborative relationship with the US...

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Groups interested in preserving Mount Major hiking trails

Each year, thousands of people hike the four trails leading up to Mount Major in New Hampshire to enjoy the stunning view. “You can see from the top, Lake Winnipesaukee,” said hiker Jenaya Paradise. “It’s really a wonderful view.” The lush landscape, the waterfalls and the trails of Mount Major are all part of an outdoor experience...

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Popular White Mountain National Forest trail closing for repairs

One of the most heavily used entrance trails at the Southwest corner of the White Mountain National Forest is closing on weekdays for extensive repairs. Colleen Mainville, spokesman for the forest, said the 2.9-mile Lincoln Woods Trail will close due to the damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. The trail is a main route into the headwaters of the East Branch of...

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Section of White River National Forest trail to close for repairs

Part of a popular trail in the White Mountain National Forest will be closed next month for repairs to damage done during Tropical Storm Irene. The closure affects part of the Lincoln Woods Trail located off the Kancamagus Highway in Lincoln, New Hampshire. The U.S. Forest Service said it was able to stabilize the trail for short-term use, but a section of it requires...

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125 years of hut-to-hut hiking in New Hampshire’s White Mountains

Seems quite simple, really: one foot in front of the other. But when you’re faced with adversity such as flooded trails, heavy humidity, biting black flies, the threat of thunderstorms, and ascents and descents on rock-laden trails that at times feel like a Marine Corps obstacle course, nothing is easy. Then you arrive at the next hut, each a day’s hike apart, looking at...

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White Mountain National Forest offers free overnight outdoor photography hike July 15

As a prelude to being artist in residence for the White Mountain National Forest, photographer John Anderson is inviting outdoor photography enthusiasts to join him on a free hike in the Sandwich Wilderness along the Flat Mountain Pond Trail in North Sandwich, N.H. The overnight trip will be led by experienced guide Lauren Estabrook. The hike will begin Monday, July 15...

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Volunteers needed to repair hiking trails on Mount Monadnock

The annual Trails Week on Mount Monadnock, when volunteers help repair damage to trails on one of the most frequently hiked mountains in the world, is coming up. In the annual event, conservation professionals and volunteers from the Forest Society and New Hampshire State Parks gather to work on restoring the heavily used trails, overseeing all volunteers – no experience...

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America’s Premier Hut System is 125 Years Old—A Classic Appalachian Trail Adventure

When Europeans go “backpacking,” many ditch the gear and stay in the rustic, ubiquitous—and full service—mountain hostels called “huts.” That experience is rare in the United States—but America’s premier hut system is 125 years old this year. Scattered for 56 miles along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (view the interactive map) in New Hampshire’s White...

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New Hampshire proposes rescue fees, regardless of negligence

Hikers and others rescued in New Hampshire’s backwoods would pay several hundred dollars in fees to the state to help dig the search and rescue fund out of the red under new legislation. House Republican Leader Gene Chandler has filed a bill based on a year-old study that proposed a variety of ways to raise money, including a fee paid by people who are rescued. The...

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Stratham Hill Park trail system expands

A map is a simple thing, but without it even the most adventurous types might end up walking the same trails. Stratham Hill Park, ME now has a map including all the public and private trails in the park, town forest and surrounding lands. “When I talked to most people hiking, they mostly go the same route and don’t explore the other trails out there,”...

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Post-Thanksgiving hike planned on the Barrington Trail

The Barrington, NH Conservation Commission and Natural Heritage Committee invite you to join them in burning off some of those Thanksgiving calories with a hike on the Barrington Trail on Friday, Nov. 23 at 10 a.m. They are pleased to offer these hikes on the many natural treasures of lakes, forests, wildlife, wetlands, rivers and farmlands, all a part of...

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New trail connects Pisgah to Keene

A new trail has been dedicated which members of the local hiking community say will make Pisgah State Park, NH the center of a regional trail network. The Keene Connector of the Wantastiquet-Monadnock Trail was broken in with a through hike of the 10 miles from Pisgah to Keene in late October. Together with the opening of the Wantastiquet-Monadnock Trail from Pisgah Park...

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Worrying About Hurricane Sandy, White Mountain National Forest Urges Caution

With the possibility of a severe storm hitting New Hampshire and New England early next week, officials of the White Mountain National Forest are issuing a warning to hikers. It’s not clear yet whether Hurricane Sandy will hit the New Hampshire area early next week, but officials at the White Mountain National Forest aren’t taking any chances, says spokeswoman Tiffany...

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Partners Announce Expanded Irene Restoration Work

For the last year, many organizations have worked diligently to repair the major damage done to the White Mountain National Forest from Tropical Storm Irene. The National Forest Foundation announced that it has adopted the forest as one of its “Treasured Landscapes,” in an effort to bring additional resources to this major recovery effort. In 2009, the National Forest...

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Morningside Shelter to host Hike for the Homeless

Morningside Shelter will host its second annual Hike for the Homeless fundraising event on Saturday, Oct. 6 (with a rain date of Oct. 7) on Mount Wantastiquet in Hinsdale, N.H. The event will feature spectacular fall-foliage views of downtown Brattleboro, with options to hike to the summit of Mount Wantastiquet or walk along the river trail at its base. Participants may...

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6 Years Old, and Reaching Summits

“Are you sure about this?” I ask my daughters. “There’s no way we’ll get out of this forest before nightfall. We’ve at least five miles and two water crossings to go.” Despite their obvious fatigue, 6-year-old Sage cheerfully replies, “I’m sure,” and 8-year-old Alex enthusiastically nods in agreement. Though I’m nervous about the long hours ahead, if they believe they...

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Reliance on smartphones leaving hikers in a bind

It was getting dark. They were lost atop Mount Lafayette in the White Mountains. And Analia Oliva and her boyfriend, Cory Robertson, out for a day hike with their dog, were not prepared for a night in the woods. The only tool they had with them was Oliva’s iPhone. Except that they had no reception, and Robertson, 25, and Oliva, 20, had used up much of the battery taking...

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