Category: Trip Reports

If you’re looking for a hike near the Notch Hostel see #RecommendedHikes in our blog. Not all hikes posted in our Trip Reports section are suitable for everyone.

Single-Day Presidential Traverse

Destination or Summit(s): Madison, Adams, Jefferson, Washington, Monroe, Eisenhower, Pierce.Trail Name(s): Valley Way, Airline, Crawford Path.Date of Hike: March 1st, 2019.Trail Conditions: Hard-packed snow, unconsolidated powder.Equipment Used: Snowshoes, micro-spikes. Trail Maintenance Issues: N/AParking or Road Access Issues: N/A Additional Comments: Our group of 4 left the Appalachia Parking lot...

Wildcat Valley – 2019-02-23

Summits: Wildcat Valley Trails: Wildcat Valley Ski Trail Hike Date: 2019-02-23   Conditions:Few inches of fresh powder on a several foot base. Trail was well packed out and easy to follow. Equipment:Backcountry skis with a edge.  Trail Maintenance:There was several (3?) large trees hung up over the trail. 2...

Scar Ridge Bushwhack

Summits: Scar Ridge Trails: Bushwhack Hike Date: 2019-02-20   Conditions: The entire route is a bushwhack. Had to cross the Hancock Branch of the Pemigewasset River (across from Big Rock Campground). We were able to find an almost shore-to-shore section of ice to easily cross. The fresh snow down...

East Peak, Osceola

Date of Hike: Monday, February 18th, 2019. .Trail Names: Greenley Pond Trail, Mount Osceola Trail. Trail Conditions: Packed snow, drifted powder. Special Equipment Required: Micro spikes, snowshoes. Comments: We left the Greenley Pond Trailhead just before 10:00AM on Monday morning with the intention of climbing both East Peak and...

Presidential Traverse Plus Mount Jackson

Date of Hike: Friday, February 6th, 2019. Trail Conditions: Hard pack snow, drifted powder, boiler-plate ice. Special Equipment Required: Microspikes, snowshoes, crampons. A tough mix of conditions for my seventh Presidential Traverse in the last seven months. Winds were calm, and temperatures hovered in the high teens and low...

Tripyramids via The Slides

Date of Hike: Friday, February 4th, 2019. Trail Conditions: Packed snow, unconsolidated snow, heavy drifted powder. Special Equipment Required: Microspikes, snowshoes. Comments: We departed Tripoli Road in Waterville Valley mid-morning and found easy walking along the hard-packed ski trails on Livermore Road. Our plan for the day was to...

Hancocks via Arrow Slide

Date of Hike: Friday, February 1st, 2019. Trail Conditions: Unconsolidated snow, drifted powder. Special Equipment Required: Snowshoes. Comments: We departed the trailhead at the hairpin turn around 11:00AM and followed the Hancock Notch Trail to the Cedar Brook Trail, to the Hancock Loop Trail intersection. Once we reached the...

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...

Cycling the Whites: An AMC Maine Chapter Trip Report

By Sarah Hunter. Originally printed in the AMC Maine Chapter Winter 2018 Newsletter; reprinted here with permission. Challenging climbs, thrilling descents, and stunning scenery framed our White Mountains cycling adventure this fall, while comfortable lodging, good company and camaraderie made this trip truly great. It was late October when...

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...