New England backpacking guide is wonderful to have at your side

There is a wealth of backpacking opportunities around New England, but sometimes the hardest part is finding out about them.

That’s where the recently revised guide “Best Backpacking in New England” comes in really handy. Authored by Matt Heid and published by the Appalachian Mountain Club, the book is a trove of three-season getaways featuring 37 multiday trips from Maine to Connecticut.

Heid is a former senior editor of “AMC Outdoors” and writes a gear column for the magazine. The author of two other hiking guides, Heid is a veteran backpacker of thousands of miles from New England to California to Alaska, and many other wild and scenic places.

Most of the trips in the book are overnight hikes, a few are long weekend affairs and several are four to five days. Maine’s 100-Mile Wilderness requires up to 10 days and is the longest hike. For this second edition Heid added four hikes: two in Massachusetts, one in New Hampshire and the Grafton Loop Trail in Maine.

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