5541 feet high, the AMC considers this only a shoulder of Mt Washington and thus doesn't include it in its list of New England peaks above 4000 feet - climb all and you can become a member of their Four Thousand Foot Club! Since the peak is only a shoulder, a non-presidential name is given - Clay, a senator from Kentucky through whose support John Quincy Adams became the first son to follow his father's footsteps as President. Some of the range's best views can be had from atop here - gained via a short sidetrail off the Gulfside/Appalachian trail.
One of the less often visited peaks of the White mountains, but still a challenging hike never the less. Makes for some fun backpacking, as you can readily camp in the non-protected forests at the base of the peak.
A must thing to do is to just drive around. This is when you can sometimes find the most beautiful things. This picture is a product of just that. It was also taken in October, right before all the leaves fell. If you are interested in taking photographs, then just drive around and you will fill up a roll before you know it!
On Route 101 between Wilton and Peterborough is Miller State Park, which straddles the towns of Temple and Peterborough, on a small mountain known as Pack Monadnock (elev. 2290 ft). There are 4 ways up the mountain: The Wapack Trail, the Marion Davis Trail, the Raymond Trail and the auto road. You must pay to park in Miller State Park or to drive up the auto road. The Wapack and the Davis trails both start at the parking lot. So I prefer the trail less traveled, which is the Raymond Trail. The Raymond trailhead is not inside the park, but on East Mountain Road, the next road west of the Park entrance. The trailhead is probably a half mile or so up the road, on the right. It's well marked with a big sign, and parking is free.
The great part about this hike is you get up to the summit of Pack Monadnock fairly quickly. The trail is only 1.6 miles to the top, and should take about 45 minutes. You can take in the view at the lookout tower or take advantage of the picnic tables on the rocky peak.
You can continue your hike to a second peak, known as North Pack. From Pack Monadnock, follow the signs for the Wapack Trail North (watch out - the South trail will take you back to the park entrance). The trail from Pack to North Pack is 2.3 miles and should take about an hour or so. Not very many people bother to travel this leg of the trail, but it's a great hike with lovely panoramic views at the peak.
Bring plenty of snacks and drinks with you. This is easy hiking, but still a good workout. Round-trip is about 4 hours.
Odiorne Point State Park is on the NH seacoast, just north of Rye on route 1A. I have never seen the place crowded or with the parking lot near capacity. It's a wonderful place for a picnic, to fly a kite, wade in the tidepools, check out the wildlife, and learn some NH history.
See this web site for more information:
Mount Chocorua is a 3,475 foot mountain in the Sandwich Range of the northern Appalachians near Lake Winnipesaukee. On a whim we just decided to give it a try. So we left bright and early for the base of the mountain and began by climbing the Brook trail going up. We got chewed alive by mosquitos! Oh my gosh it was bad! You couldn't stand still or open your mouth or anything... not to mention the humidity was nearly 100% and the temperature was rising. (It actually hit 98* later that afternoon!). When we made it to the top, it was well worth it though. An awesome, tiresome hike. Then we trekked down the Liberty Trail. Overall, 7.1 miles! Took about 1 hr getting there, 2.5hrs going up, 1hr at the top, 2 going down, and 1 hr getting back. Try it!
Here I am looking around from the summit.
3 Mile Island is an island in Lake Winnipesaukee that offers a unique vacation: you stay in little one room cabins with two cots and a gas lamp that are dotted all over the island, and hang out on the main dock where there are diving platforms, canoes, kayaks, games, etc. It has been called a "rustic resort" and "luxury camping." Whatever. Anyways, each meal is provided at the main lodge, where you sit at huge tables and eat tons of food family style! Each night there are planned activities with the college kids that work there, knicknamed "the Croo," and it becomes really fun! Remember, no electricity or running water! But it's a blast!
If you ever need bait, this is the place to go to! This place is real, believe it or not. I've seen it many a time with me own two eyes. It's in Wakefield, near Wolfeboro on Lake Winnipesaukee. On Rt. 109 right next to Rt. 16 intersection.
Just be sure to travel on the smaller, secondary roads. You'll be sure to see something different, such as this sign we passed---did YOU know that 'there's gold in them thar hills?' We didn't!! (The sign says "Goldpanning by Permit Only")
A river with plenty of snow cover.. this is my idea of a perfect day on vacation (if you're not in Rome, that is!).....wandering around looking for beautiful photo ops. We were on Route 118, having just driven through part of the White Mountain National Forest.......
I just think it's so interesting to see the workmanship in buildings wherever I go. This is a close-up of the stained glass in the Warren church.....beautiful, isn't it? All of the glass was beautiful, but I only took a pic of this one in the front of the church... wonder how long it took the craftsman to make this?
When ever I go on trips I always seek out the local Thrift stores. If you take a little time you will always find a bargain.
If you need an extra bag or two be sure to visit the Thrift stores you'll be sure to find an unwanted suitcase just waiting for you. Most of the time it will be cheaper than a cardboard box!
Also, keep in mind you will be helping to provide needed services for others in the area.
Looking for a short hike and don't want to hit one of the four to five thousand foot mountains in Franconia, hike the 4.4 mile (7Km) Welch-Dickey Loop Trail near Waterville Valley.
Head up state road 49 from I-93 (take the Campton exit) toward Waterville Valley. From state road 49, take a left onto Upper Mad River and then a right on Orris Road. The parking area for the Welch-Dickey Loop Trail is on Orris Road and the Park Services charges $3 USD for parking.
The loop takes in both Welch Mountain (2605') and Dickey Mountain (2734'). To shorten the hike even more you can skip the loop and just ascend one of the mountains. If this is the case, I would recommend Welch Mountain as the view is better.
The top of Mt Washington has the honer of having the worst weather in the world .
The record for wind speed was made here. Approx 235 mi per hr .
You can hike up to the top. You can take the cog railway or you can take the auto road , better have good brakes .
The Great North Woods.
Up above the Whites is a region, no a Kingdom, of Wilderness, Moose, and logging roads as far as the eye can see (or the 4by4) Up here timber is King (or at least was until a few months ago) so development is replaced by Timber Company land, which though logged frequently, is often left for years in as true state of Wilderness as you can find in the East. It's also wide open for the public to enjoy. Perfect for the Outdoorsman to hunt fish and even camp, though often frightening in its seclusion to many - including myself. The region retains a dark, mossy, boggy character that favors the Moose more than the people - so be prepared!
Also: Mt Monadnock and the Monadnock region. A lot of people head straight to the Whites without passing through Monadnock. Its's a totally different feel, more Vermont with rolling hills and mountains. Give it a shot.
(Ps the image is from the Great North Woods of Maine, in particular the Kathadin region, but the look and feel are the same).
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