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.

Mt. Lafayette, Mt. Lincoln, Little Haystack Mountain – 05-31-2019

Destination: Mt. Lafayette, Mt. Lincoln, Little Haystack Mountain.   Trails: Falling Waters Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Old Bridal Path.   Hike Date: 05-31-2019   Conditions: Overall trails were in pretty good condition. A fair bit of mud and running water at points, especially in the last 2 miles of...

Garfield – 2019-05-26

Destination: Garfield Trails: Garfield Trail Hike Date: 2019-05-26   Conditions: Took the Garfield Trail from the trailhead. Typical mud season hike….lots of mud and running water. About the last 1/4 mile from the summit there was snow/monorail. Used microspikes which helped greatly. There were some icy patches as well....

Wildcat “A” – 2019-05-18

Destination: Wildcat “A” Trails: Nineteen Mile Brook and Wildcat Ridge Trails Hike Date: 2019-05-18   Conditions: 19mile was dry for the first 2 miles, then a mile or so of mud, then slippery monorail to the hut. WRT was slippery monorail the entire way to the summit. Although the...

Presidential Traverse – 2019-05-11

Destination: Presidential Traverse Trails: Airline Hike Date: 2019-05-11   Conditions: Intense day in the Presidentials with John Pike and Jimmy Nolet. Trails started out wet and bare until roughly 4,000 feet. Reasonably stable monorail most of the way. Post-holing along an unstable monorail on the Airline cutoff until Madison...

Mount Pemigewasset – 2019-05-11

Destination: Mount Pemigewasset Trails: Indian Head Trail Hike Date: 2019-05-11   Conditions: The Indian Head Trail was generally in good condition today! There were a few muddy spots where the trail met with Hanson Brook. Right near the summit (just beyond the point where the Indian Head Trail converges...

Mount Jackson – 2019-05-11

Destination: Mount Jackson Trails: Webster Jackson trail Hike Date: 2019-05-11   Conditions: Took trail from Crawford Notch, started out as wet with some mud, water crossing at Flume cascade was really moving, used a log to walk over it. Monorail started to appear just before junction and needed spikes...

The Zion Traverse: A bucket-list backpacking trip through Zion National Park

This trip report summarizes my experience completing the Zion Traverse, an increasingly-popular 50-mile backpacking route through one of Utah’s most famous national parks. I hiked from April 18-19, 2019, and was blessed with plentiful springwater due to the high snow fall this past winter. Disclaimer: I hiked 37 miles...

Spring Presidential Traverse

On the morning of Wednesday April 17th, Notch Hostel regular John Pike and myself ventured into the White Mountain’s Presidential Range with the intention of completing a full traverse from Mount Madison to Mount Pierce. This traverse in particular felt very special to me, as it marked my 9th...

Sandwich Dome – 2019-04-06

Destination: Sandwich Dome Trails: Drakes Brook Trail and Sandwich Mountain Trail Hike Date: 2019-04-06   Conditions: Several feet of snow the entire route. Snow was getting soft and I sunk in occasionally with snowshoes on. From the intersection with Smarts Brook to the summit the trail was hard to...

Mt Liberty – 2019-03-24

Destination: Mt Liberty Trails: Liberty Spring Tr Hike Date: 2019-03-24   Conditions: Oh man the snow is beautiful right now. Several feet of mostly packed powder. The trail is mostly smooth going with just a couple of post holes. Equipment: We use snowshoes from car to car. Trail Maintenance:...