The Flume – 2020-08-07

Destination: The Flume Trails: Flume Gorge State Park Hike Date: 2020-08-07   Conditions:Well maintained high traffic area. Lots of children. Great views. Plan on waiting in line for access to viewpoints. Easy hike overall. The trail is now a forced one way loop due to coronavirus. Reservations are required for access. Equipment:Regular old sneakers   … Continue reading The Flume – 2020-08-07

Fronconia Ridge – 2020-08-06

Destination: Fronconia Ridge Trails: Old Bridle, Falling Waters Hike Date: 2020-08-06   Conditions:Mostly dry with some sandy mud on the way up, a few spots of standing water in the way down Falling Waters. The rocks are slippery from polishing in some of the areas. Equipment:I wore approach shoes and still was sliding around on … Continue reading Fronconia Ridge – 2020-08-06

Lafayette, Garfield, 13 Falls, Galehead – 2020-07-25

Destination: Lafayette, Garfield, 13 Falls, Galehead Trails: Skookumchuck, Garfield Ridge Trail, Franconia Brook Trail, Twin Brook Trail, Frost Trail, Gale River Trail Hike Date: 2020-07-25   Conditions:Skookumchuck was in very good shape, easy to follow most of the way, some muddy spots. Garfield Ridge Trail very muddy in between the ups and downs. Upper section … Continue reading Lafayette, Garfield, 13 Falls, Galehead – 2020-07-25

Hale – 2020-07-14

Destination: Hale Trails: Hale Brook trial, lend a hand trail, Hike Date: 2020-07-14   Conditions:The conditions were good. Water was very high on the Linda hand trail. The first creek Crossing on the hill Brook Trail was pretty tough because levels were high. We didn’t have any problem with bugs. Equipment:We didn’t bring anything special; … Continue reading Hale – 2020-07-14

One Wild White Mountain Winter

Here at the Notch Hostel, we pride ourselves on curating an “anything is possible” environment—one where our guests feel empowered to take on the kinds of mountain-based projects that challenge them to reach their highest potential. This past winter, we’ve watched our guests set, meet, and often exceed extraordinary personal outdoor goals. From single-day winter … Continue reading One Wild White Mountain Winter

Mount Monroe – 2020-03-15

Destination: Mount Monroe Trails: Ammonoosuc Hike Date: 2020-03-15   Conditions:Icy in the morning, especially between tree line and the hut. Crampons required. Very windy and cold at the top, but beautiful visibility. The trail softened in the afternoon on the way down which made it easier on the knee during the descent. Well protected by … Continue reading Mount Monroe – 2020-03-15

Waumbek – 2020-03-14

Destination: Waumbek Trails: Starr King Hike Date: 2020-03-14   Conditions:Icy, hard packed snow Equipment:Microspikes…crucial Trail Maintenance:Some blow downs but nothing difficult to navigate Parking & Road Access:Summer parking is open, but it is covered in 2-3 in of ice. Comments:Really nice day to be out.   Submitted by: Chris Brainard vlnvla@yahoo.com  

Mt Isolation – 2020-03-14

Destination: Mt Isolation Trails: Rocky Branch trail, Engine Hill Bushwack Isolation trail and Davis Path. Hike Date: 2020-03-14   Conditions:Trail is well packed down for the most part and easybyo follow. At least 20 people out packing it down today. High temps softening the snow made things tricky in spots. A group of barebooters left … Continue reading Mt Isolation – 2020-03-14