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 you can duck under if you … Continue reading Wildcat Valley – 2019-02-23

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 low was ankle deep while the … Continue reading Scar Ridge Bushwhack

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 Mount Osceola. Greenley Pond was packed … Continue reading East Peak, Osceola

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 loop the Tripyramids, using both the … Continue reading Tripyramids via The Slides

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 North/South split, we veered off-trail and … Continue reading Hancocks via Arrow Slide

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 drifted unbroken snow from start to … Continue reading Mount Isolation

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 I joined a group of intrepid cyclists on the brand new 130-mile, hostel-to-hostel cycling tour through the White Mountains, a collaborative project … Continue reading Cycling the Whites: An AMC Maine Chapter Trip Report

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 leaving the lake, the trail quickly … Continue reading Mount Cannon via Lonesome Lake

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 the snow was soft, and in … Continue reading Mount Carrigain via Signal Ridge