Garfield, Galehead, Twins

Title: Garfield, Galehead, South Twin, North Twin. Date of Hike: Saturday, January 12th 2019.  Trail Conditions: Unbroken snow, Deep drifted powder. Special Equipment Required: Snowshoes.  Comments: Team of 4 followed a set of XC ski-tracks up Gale River Road and within a mile of Garfield Summit. Heavy, unbroken snow from the end of the tracks … Continue reading Garfield, Galehead, Twins

East Peak, Osceola

Title: East Peak, Osceola. Date of Hike: Sunday, January 13th 2019. Trail Conditions: Packed snow, Deep drifted powder. Special Equipment Required: Microspikes, Crampons, Snowshoes.  Comments: Greenley Pond and Mount Osceola Trails were packed well and solid enough for spikes all the way up to East Osceola Peak. Crampons wouldn’t be overkill on the extremely steep … Continue reading East Peak, Osceola

Tom, Field, Willey Loop 1.7.19

Avalon Trail had hard-packed snow all the way to Mount Field, with various sections of shin-deep powder. Willey Range Trail out to Mount Willey was choppy, with knee-deep drifted powder worthy of snowshoes. The crossing between Field and Mount Tom Spur was equally choppy, though drifts were far less deep. Hard-packed snow up the spur to Mount Tom, and all the way down to Crawford Notch.

Bondcliff at sunrise on the Pemi Loop.

The Single-Day Pemi Loop: Secrets for Success

Over the last 10 years, the Pemi Loop has grown in popularity with hikers of all ability levels. It logs more mileage and vertical climbing than the Presidential Traverse, and leads you across some of the White Mountain’s most celebrated stretches of trail: Franconia Ridge, Garfield Ridge, and Bondcliff. The Lincoln Woods trailhead is conveniently located only two hours from Boston and fifteen minutes from the Notch Hostel’s front door. Combine these highlights with the fact that you don’t need a car spot — the Pemi Loop starts and ends at the same trailhead — and you have the ultimate, single-day endurance hike in the Northeast.

Kancamagus Pass, White Mountains Bicycle Tour

The White Mountains Bicycle Tour (experience, proper bike optional)

By Nicholas Arthur, sport climber and friend of the Notch. LAST WEEK I did the White Mountains Bicycle Tour with my close friend Henry. It’s a three-day, 130-mile cycling tour that includes overnight stops at three hostels: Notch, Rattle River, and White Mountains Hostel (see their joint blog post for more info on these havens).   See the route on Strava, RideWithGPS, or Google Maps We each … Continue reading The White Mountains Bicycle Tour (experience, proper bike optional)

Rainy Day Hike

Hike Anyway! Plus eight other rainy day things to do in the White Mountains.

We’ve all been there — after weeks of looking forward to your planned escape to the White Mountains, the weather app refuses to budge from its 90% chance of rain forecast. It’s too late to cancel reservations and you’ve already lined up the plant sitter. You pack rain gear and tell yourself you will hike … Continue reading Hike Anyway! Plus eight other rainy day things to do in the White Mountains.

Two hikers and their dog traversing NH's Presidential Mountain Range in Winter

The Other Mountain Club: RMC is NH’s White Mountains’ Hidden Gem

While you’d be hard pressed to find an east coast hiker who is unfamiliar with the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), the majority have barely scratched the surface of the vast network of Randolph Mountain Club (RMC) trails in the White Mountains. Many have never visited or even heard of the RMC cabins nestled in the … Continue reading The Other Mountain Club: RMC is NH’s White Mountains’ Hidden Gem

Want to live in a tiny house in the White Mountains this fall? The Notch Hostel is hiring!

Fall 2018 Job Annoucement The Notch Hostel is hiring for September and/or October (similar position available this winter)! Position: Housekeeper Want to live and work in the White Mountains? Do you enjoy housekeeping in a home-like setting? Apply today to live in your very own tiny house at the Notch Hostel in exchange for providing housekeeping … Continue reading Want to live in a tiny house in the White Mountains this fall? The Notch Hostel is hiring!