Author: Philip Carcia

Mount Isolation

Date of Hike: Saturday, January 26th, 2019. Trail Conditions: Unbroken snow, drifted powder. Special Equipment Required: Snowshoes. Comments: Wide variety of conditions on this hike, as one would expect in Winter on the Rocky Branch Trail. Our group consistently navigated a mix of hard-packed snow, unbroken snow, and heavily...

Mount Cannon via Lonesome Lake

Date of Hike: Tuesday, January 22th 2019. Trail Conditions: Unbroken snow. Deep drifted powder.  Special Equipment Required: Snowshoes. Comments: Departed Lafayette Campground at 12:00PM this afternoon and followed the Lonesome Lake Trail up to Lonesome Lake. The initial 1.1 mile section was hard packed and easy to bare-boot.  After...

Mount Carrigain via Signal Ridge

Title: Mount Carrigain via Signal Ridge. Date of Hike: Thursday, January 17th 2019. Trail Conditions: Unbroken snow, Drifted powder.  Special Equipment Required: Snowshoes, Microspikes. Comments: The two mile road walk along Sawyer River Road was packed well with snowmobile traffic. Signal Ridge Trail showed signs of previous travel, but...

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...

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...

Tom, Field, Willey Loop

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...

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....