Need suggestions for 1-week hike in theWhite Mountains
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Elliott Wolin
(ewolin) - MLife

Locale: Hampton Roads, Virginia
Need suggestions for 1-week hike in theWhite Mountains on 03/04/2007 17:35:51 MST Print View

Hi,

We are thinking of doing a 1-week hike in the White Mountains in early September. Possibly a loop, although I understand there is a shuttle bus so perhaps not.

I looked at the AMC and other web sites but did not seem much. Suggestions would be welcome.

Thanks,

Elliott Wolin

john flanagan
(jackfl) - F

Locale: New England
Re: Need suggestions for 1-week hike in theWhite Mountains on 03/04/2007 18:52:59 MST Print View

It depends on how you define a week, what you're seeking and how far you want to travel.

There's a newish 40 mile Grafton Loop route in the Mahoosuc Range which will see far less traffic than anything in the Presidential Range:
http://mensjournal.com/adventure/0607/hiking_maine.html.

A word of warning - over the years there has been a fairly consistent problem with vandalism of cars parked at Grafton Notch State Park

For higher milage, this can be combined with the AT along the spine of the Mahoosuc Range for a "lolly-pop"- See
http://www.summitpost.org/area/range/173138/mahoosuc-range.html

Less ambitious loops can be created around the Wild River Wilderness - this describes a loop along the Carter-Moriah Range and the Wild River. It can be extended by adding the ridges that form the eastern edge of the Wild River basin.
http://www.jackoutside.com/?page_id=48

Planning Map for both Wild River and Mahoosuc:
http://amcstore.outdoors.org/AB1805000/showdetl.cfm/DID/8/Product_ID/537/CATID/29

The classic loop centers on the Pemigewasset Wilderness. If you walk over every 4000 foot peak in this area, you'll cover approximately 85 miles and 22000 feet of elevation gain and loss. This includes several out and back spur hikes where you can drop your pack, so its not quite as strenuous as it sounds and is very easily modified. You could easily spend a week here, especially in September when the days are getting short. This wilderness can include several miles of alpine ridgeline that are subject to fairly severe weather - it's a good place to be willing to change plans to fit the weather.
http://www.hikethewhites.com/pemi.html

Planning Map for Pemi: http://amcstore.outdoors.org/AB1805000/showdetl.cfm/DID/8/Product_ID/535/CATID/29

Frank Deland
(rambler) - M

Locale: On the AT in VA
other NE sites on 03/29/2007 20:46:20 MDT Print View

http://www.viewsfromthetop.com/info.html

Books and maps:
http://mountainwanderer.com/

The owner of the book store is a modest guy who is often manning the store. He co-authored a popular guide book to hiking 48 4000' mts. of NH. He knows the trails and Lincoln is the NH town nearest to the Pemigewasset Wilderness. Call the store. He enjoys hiking talk.

Edited by rambler on 03/29/2007 21:03:30 MDT.