Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Hut to Hut in the White Mountains

It's Still Winter, yet I am already gearing up for Spring. Got to enjoy some muddy hiking come March 21st! I just went to go buy a new map called Hut to Hut on the Appalachian Trail. It shows Lonesome Lake, Greenleaf, Galehead, Zealand Falls, Highland Center, Mizpah Spring, Lake of the Clouds, Madison Spring, Pinkham Notch and Carter Notch. Out of all these Huts I have been to seven of these Huts. I hope to visit the others this summer so I can have all of them to my list. I have never stayed at any of the huts, though I hope to also change that this summer as well. Here are a few Huts that I have visited:

The Greenleaf Hut in Franconia Notch
Lonesome Lake Hut in Franconia Notch
Madison Spring in the Presidential Range

Lake of the Clouds Hut near Mt. Washington

Have you been to any of the Huts on the Appalachian Trail?
Which one is your favorite to visit or stay at? 

Happy Hiking!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Trail Report: Falling Waters Trail

This past Saturday, my stepson, dog Stitch and I decided it would be fun to explore more of Franconia Notch. the snow in thick and the trails are packed down this time of year. We parked at the Lafayette Place and started our hike up the trail. It's .2 miles to the bridge where the trail splits in to ways. My stepson loves waterfalls, so we decided to take the Falling Waters Trail.
Now, I don't hike that much in winter, but I was so happy that I hiked on Saturday. It as lightly snowing and the temp was about 30 degrees. I never felt cold and I loved seeing the snow fall. It was so beautiful. The trail was so well packed and easy to follow. We hiked up to Cloudland Falls. Sadly, I forgot my camera and my cellphone batteries were dying on me. I got a picture though of Stairs Falls though. I have to say that out of all three falls, I am happy I got a picture of this waterfall, or I loved how the ice formed a circle (like a bubble) around the fall. The hike itself was about two and half hours. 1.4 miles one way to see all three Falls. Right now though you can't really see Swiftwater Falls for it's hiding under the ice and snow. Both Stairs and Cloudland Falls you can see. Here is a pic of Stairs Falls:

 Picture taken from the trail

I got closer to take this picture. I love how the ice formed around the Falls.

If you are interested in doing so hiking this winter, I would say start over at
Franconia Notch. The trails are packed down and the parking is clear.
Thanks for stopping by! Happy Hiking:)

Friday, February 3, 2012

Franconia Notch Mountains in Winter

I love taking adventures in Franconia Notch. This is such a great place to explore in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. As my stepson and I ended one of our adventures through some trails in the Notch, we took a few pictures of the mountains on our way up the highway. Here are a few of the mountains saw along the way:
Cannon Mountain

Eagle Cliff/ Eagle Pass

 When you see this Cliff, many say it looks like a dog laying down.
There is a trail off of Ex 34B which I hope to do this summer

One of My Favorites: Mt Lincoln

Happy Hiking this Winter
...soon muddy Spring hiking will be here!:)
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