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    Jennifer Lucas reviewed Mount Whiteface and Passaconway Loop

    22 days ago

    Great hike, exhausting though! I did it in a counterclockwise loop going up Dicey’s Mill to Passaconaway first. It was quite wet toward the top (above Rollins trail) due to recent rain. I opted not to do the view spur because it is a downhill hike and well, it would have to be a pretty amazing view to make that worthwhile, especially given all the mud. I then took Rollins trail over to Whiteface. It felt longer than 2.3 miles, with more ups and downs than I was expecting, but there were a couple of nice viewpoints along the way. Whiteface has stunning views, especially of all the big lakes. One could spend a lot of time on those beautiful boulder ledges! The descent down Blueberry Ledge trail was challenging! Lots of butt sliding and small prayers hoping my tired legs would hold up with some jumps down. I can’t imagine hiking UP this trail. I was thankful to have gravity on my side. It would be an incredibly challenging hike up, not just the ledge part, but lots of just generally steep parts too. Kudos to trail crews who have done an amazing job with granite steps. My dog handled everything no problem, but she is part mountain goat for sure!

    Jennifer Lucas reviewed Champney Brook Trail to Mount Chocorua

    3 months ago

    Excellently maintained trail. Lots of hikers and dogs on a beautiful Monday. A summer camp-ful of teenagers at the top made for a crowded summit, but still plenty of room for all! Gorgeous views at the summit! A little bit of a scavenger hunt finding the blazes once you hit the ledgy boulder section at the top, but not really a problem because you can probably pick your way up several different ways. Did the Champney Falls loop on the way down. They were very pretty and gave my dog a spot to swim.

    Jennifer Lucas reviewed Signal Ridge Trail to Mount Carrigain

    4 months ago

    The views from the ridge approaching the summit are spectacular. And the 360 degree view from the fire tower are equally amazing. The access road to the trail head is closed due to a washed out section of road, this adds a pretty boring 2 miles each way from the parking lot at 302. The trail starts off pretty flat, but then you pay for it. It levels out at the ridge, and then a final ascent to the summit. No views whatsoever on the way up until you hit the ridge. Lots of water toward the bottom and thankfully a trickle coming out of a mossy rock wall about 2/3 the way up where we were able to refill. The views always make the hike worthwhile in my opinion, but at 14 miles, I likely won’t be doing this one again. Encountered 6 people total, so probably a good choice if you like to avoid crowds.

    Jennifer Lucas reviewed East Osceola via Greenly Ponds Trail

    4 months ago

    This trail is HARD - the bottom half is easy, the top half is wicked - a straight up rocky climb. Luckily it’s not that long, even though it feels long. The summit is wooded but there are great clearings below the summit with terrific views. Hiked with 2 dogs. I haven’t done this peak coming over the ridge Osceola, but I have to imagine that must be the better way to do it.

    Jennifer Lucas reviewed Drakes Brook Trail to Jennings Peak

    5 months ago

    Great afternoon hike! Went up to Noon Peak then continued on to Jennings Peak and down Drakes Brook trail. Jennings Peak has absolutely spectacular views of layers and layers of smaller mountains and foothills to the south/east. Definitely don’t skip the small spur to get there, it’s well worth the minimal effort! Plenty of room to spread out on the ledges. We hiked with 3 dogs who were very happy to finally reach the brook toward the bottom as this is a very dry trail.

    Jennifer Lucas reviewed Fletchers Cascade

    5 months ago

    Short hike with a nice reward of a series of picturesque cascades. The trail is fairly easy most of the way, only becoming steep and narrow at the very end where you then cross over into the middle of the brook for a pretty neat finish. I had heard that this trail is wet, but other than a couple of spots where you had to avoid some mud, I did not find that to be the case. There were several small stream crossings and one larger stream crossing that were very easy, even a smaller child could handle it. There are several trees down, but they are easy enough to scramble over. I hiked with 2 dogs and they loved the ample water opportunities!

    Jennifer Lucas updated Fletchers Cascade

    5 months ago

    Jennifer Lucas updated Fletchers Cascade

    5 months ago

    Jennifer Lucas updated Fletchers Cascade

    5 months ago

    Jennifer Lucas reviewed Mount Garfield Trail

    5 months ago

    Okay - first, the views from the summit are absolutely spectacular! However, I learned a thing or two or twenty about hiking a 4000 footer in the spring - and my net is, don’t! Or at least not this one. The hike was 99% tedious and 1% fun. But the view is great! The gate was still closed to the access road, (which adds a little over a mile to the hike each way), probably to discourage people from hiking it right now! The trail starts off pretty nondescript - gentle climb through woodlands, dry footing, normal roots and rocks and stuff. Then the trail got wetter and muddier and rockier. Then you come to a confluence of perhaps every stream in the Whites and you have to find your way across this spider web of water. Doable. Would’ve been a wade for sure a couple of weeks ago! From here on, with tiny breaks of dry land, the trail is basically a muddy rocky stream bed. You can get around some of it, but it’s a pain. Then you hit the snow. Kind of spotty at first, then full on deep, with a narrow packed ridge to walk on like a balance beam, and deep post hole stuff dropping off on either side. Not too much ice. I had nano spikes which gripped just fine. Snowshoes probably would have been the best because you wouldn’t have had to worry so much about staying on the narrow packed ridge. Gaiters would have been a plus too for the few times you do sink in. Windy at the top but lots of places to sit behind granite “walls” to block the wind and enjoy the sunshine! Did this hike with my dog. I will stick to smaller hikes until the snow melts and things dry out a bit:)

    Jennifer Lucas completed Mount Garfield Trail

    5 months ago

    Jennifer Lucas reviewed Mount Tecumseh Trail

    7 months ago

    Great day for a hike! The trail is perfectly flat snowpack right now. Hiked in winter boots with micro spikes, which was perfect. No ice, just a nice smooth trail the whole way up!! Hiked with 2 dogs, 1 hr 10 minutes up, 45 mins down. Great views of snow capped presidentials in the distance. Passed a couple of people in snow shoes and one guy skinning up.

    Jennifer Lucas added hike with Pete

    12 months ago

    Jennifer Lucas added hike with Pete

    about 1 year ago

    Jennifer Lucas completed Mount Osceola Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Jennifer Lucas reviewed Cascade Path

    about 1 year ago

    Right in our backyard! It's varied - ski slope to cross country road to beautiful cascades to winding path. A quintessential New Hampshire hike!

    Jennifer Lucas completed Cascade Path

    about 1 year ago

    Jennifer Lucas added tecumseh with emma

    about 1 year ago

    Jennifer Lucas added Tecumseh with the boys

    about 1 year ago

    Jennifer Lucas completed Mount Tecumseh Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Jennifer Lucas saved Jenny Lake Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Jennifer Lucas saved Phelps Lake Trail

    about 1 year ago