Friday, November 18, 2011

My Top Five Hikes I want to do this Winter

I have found a hiking buddy for the Winter!
Very excited about doing some snowshoeing and regular hiking
up a few great White Mountains!
But which ones, I would love to hike them all but Winter
goes by just as fast as Summer.
So, I started to read some of my great books on hiking
and check out my maps.
I asked some other great hikers online and 
these are my top five picks that I would 
like to do this year.

1. Mt Lafayette:
I know this is a large mountain, 
but the hike up is very steady and
would be great for snowshoeing up to the hut.
Hope to do this on a nice winter day, when the
weather is fair and temp is about 32 degrees.
In Franconia Notch

2. Mt. Willard:
It is not a large Mt. so I could take my
stepson as well. Plus we could use snowshoes
to get to the top. I heard the view is so wonderful
with snow in the valley. 
Crawford Notch
3. Tuckerman Ravine:
I have done this one before in the Winter and
it's a great hike up. There are also skiers and
snowboards on the trail as well for the trill
of this place! Fun to watch, when
you get closer to the top.
Pinkham Notch

4. Glen Boulder:
My mom has always wanted to
take me to it, so I think
I will hike it this winter.
Pinkham Notch

5. Mt. Chocorua
Everyone has talked about this mountain
and yet I have not hiked it yet. It's not a 4000footer
but it seems like a great winter hike.
Kancamagus Highway

These were other great winter hikes that were written to me by hikers:

"My one and only snow hike was Crawford path to Mizpah Cutoff to the hut. 
It was gorgeous and for a snow hiking beginner not too difficult. 
Grey Jays eating out of our hands - a highlight! A true winter wonderland!"
 "Pierce is a great 1st Winter 4K - protected in the trees until just before the summit 
and a reward of awesome views. But any of the NH48 can be great on any given day 
depending on the weather and conditions."
 "I think Mt Garfield has one of the best winter views."
  "Mount Liberty is a personal favorite. 
Or come stop by the Harvard Cabin for a warm drink and a snack."
" ...spend a night at Zealand Hut and many 4k's are within reach."

Monday, November 14, 2011

Franconia Notch: Basin and Cannon Mt.

So, after the snow storm New England had a few weeks ago, I went to see how Franconia Notch held up beginning of last week. I love snow, and it seemed that Franconia Notch got some, about 4 to 6 inches in some places. I decided to take my dog for a walk down to the Basin, which surprisingly didn't have as much snow as I thought. The trail was snowy but the water was flowing as normal. Here are a few pictures I took when I went to check out the Basin:
 See, water is flowing

 The Basin
our path was snowy and slushy,
matched my dog!:)

Then I wanted to see Mt. Cannon, so we drive up, parked on the other side, and I took
this shot. I have to say that I love it, the shadows and the snow, 
the way the trees where on both sides on the mountain. So beautiful.
This mountain is one that I want to hike next summer, 
It's about two miles up on the Kinsman Ridge Trail.
I want to see the view near Cannon Cliff.
I bet the views are beautiful from the trail!
Happy Hiking:)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Speechless Wednesday - Crawford View and Mt. Washington

Took a drive, wanted to see a few views, always puts a smile on my face
when I see Mt. Washington:) 
Got some great pictures with the moon and the evening sky!

 I would love to live here and have this as my view!
This home is newly built and for sale...

 Such a beautiful sight! I love the moon in the pic:)

From the Mt. Washington Hotel, I love the Presidential Range

Hiking this late fall? Have a happy one!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Five White Mountain Pictures and Views

I enjoy hiking and taking pictures along the way. Here are a few of some pictures that I haven't shared yet, that I took this summer along some of my adventures through the White Mountains. Enjoy these wonderful views and pictures that I snapped:)

 I took this beautiful picture when I hiked the Airline at the beginning
of the summer. I just loved the way the valley was behind these rocks/boulders.

This picture was taken at Mt. Madison. I was looking over and saw the valley below.
I thought it was a nice shot!
 This was taken on top of Mt. Willard  of the Willey Range at Crawford Notch.

The lake here is Lonesome lake and I just loved the view from
this side of the lake. 

This is Mt. Washington. I have to say that every time I go by this mountain, no
matter which side of it I am on, I have to take a picture of it!
This side is when traveling through Crawford Notch:)

Happy Hiking!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Speechless Wednesday...Crawford Path

Crawford Path
This is the oldest continuously used path by hikers
in America. It was built by Abel Crawford and his son Ethan in 1819.
I have hiked a piece of this path this year when
heading up to Mt. Washington. 
I hope to hike more of this path next year!
Looking back at the Crawford Path when 
heading up to Mt. Washington!

The Crawford Path and Mt. Monroe
As you can see the Lakes of the Cloud Hut

Happy Hiking:)

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