dogs on leash
cross country skiing
White Mountain National Forest lies within the White Mountains in the U.S. states of New Hampshire and Maine. It's crossed by the White Mountain Trail and Kancamagus scenic drives, plus part of the Appalachian Trail. Dating to the 1860s, the Mt. Washington Cog Railway climbs to the summit of Mt. Washington, the highest peak in the northeastern U.S. The area is also known for bright fall foliage and winter skiing.
01/16/17 This trail was less traveled for sure, it brings you up onto a ridge for a ways but then goes down into the valley and brings you to a wide brook, crossing this in the Winter is very dangerous, myself I turned around, the water was deep and moving at a good rate, snow bridges are hollow underneath with running water also, it was about 3ft deep or better and wide, I'll go back in the Summer
I've hiked several mountains in New Hampshire, but the Franconia Ridge Trail Loop has been the most epic and scene so far. My friend and I camped at Campton Campground (nice site, no complaints) the evening we arrived and then hit the trail the next morning. I wrote up a long photo-filled blog post about it if anyone is interested: http://photography.lukepeters.me/hiking-the-franconia-ridge-loop
Went up via hale brook trail. FYI Zealand road is closed in the winter. Ends up being close to 10 miles total up Zealand rd and then up Hale round trip. More difficult on the ledge than expected, because of all the snow. it was pretty deep in some spots. Great views of Mount Washington from the trail.
what a fantastic hike! I left my truck at around 6:00 or 6:15 hoping to catch the sunrise when I got to the top and I did. beautiful views and a fresh few inches of snow just made my day. I usually do bigger mountains but Im new to the winter hiking and wanted to play my solo trip safe. the views are better than some 4000 footers that ive climbed recently and not matter what your experience level is, I highly recommend it.
Meredith F. on Cherry Mountain Trail
Hiked during the winter- twice. Steep and unforgiving regardless of whether you go in via Owl's head trail or Mt. Martha trail. Be prepared to get wet if it's during the spring as the trails are very soggy on the Owl's head side. Nice views, nothing spectacular given the hard work. I would rate as a difficult trail, not moderate.
Meredith F. on Pondicherry Nature Refuge Trail
Flat and relatively easy. Dog friendly, but bring a leash.
Great hike, trail was well packed and manageable with microspikes. Summit was icy and could have used the trail crampons, however I was lazy and didn't want to change out the traction. Stiff breeze (expected) and cooler (also expected) once above the trees. Trail was tough to follow on the exposed ledge at the top.
Beautiful winter day! The long seemingly strait trek up was a good one for our first winter 4,000 footer. No need for snowshoes, though the eastern half of the summit loop was far less packed than the western part. Did not use our snow shoes but the micro spikes made for a much easier climb.
Completed this with a friend a couple of years ago. Definitely very challenging (there is a board at the beginning of the trail warning about this!) right off the bat, but does get better towards the end. Make sure you're knees are strong enough to descend down this trail, that wasn't easy at all.