White Mountain National Forest, NH

Last Updated 3/12/2008 Note: Trip is limited to 10 participants

New Hampshire's White Mountains are a rugged and beautiful wilderness with enormous granite peaks that rise above tree line, offering sweeping hundred-mile vistas on clear days. The Whites are also a land of primeval trees, tumbling waterfalls, and charismatic wildlife such as moose. We plan to do some of the premiere day hikes the White Mountains have to offer.


White Mtn. National Forest Sign

This trip is a Day Hiking Only trip. It differs from our traditional backpacking excursions because we spend every night in Cranmore Mountain Lodge instead of camping out. The lodge is a full service facility that provides amenities such as breakfast every morning and wireless internet.


Cranmore Mtn. Lodge

By "Day Hiking" we mean that we'll embark upon a series of 6 hikes, one per day for 6 days. Unlike backpacking, we drive to a trailhead every morning and carry only day packs containing a minimum of equipment. Most days we hike 8-10 miles, rain or shine.


View from Mt. Garfield

Because we're carrying significantly less gear than we would on a backpacking trip, participants should not plan on losing a significant amount of weight. However, this trip is ideal for those who want to jump start their fitness regimen. It's also ideal for heavier individuals who are not in good enough condition to carry a full backpack. Finally, this trip is intended for those people who would be extremely unhappy without plumbing, electricity, cell phone, and/or internet service.

The White Mountains are a 1.5 hour drive from the nearest airport in Portland, ME. Let us know if you plan to fly in and we'll shuttle you from the airport to North Conway, NH.

Itinerary

This trip will take place June 20-27, 2008. The hikes themselves will occur June 21-26, 2008. Here is the proposed itinerary.

We will be hiking through the White Mountains near summer solstice, so we'll have plenty of daylight in which to complete our hikes. The hikes themselves will include Welch & Dickey Mountians, Fletcher's Cascade, Sabbaday Brook, Mt. Chocura, Baldface Circle, Lincoln Woods, Franconia Falls, Mt Crawford, and Mt. Washington (6288')


Covered Bridge in Franconia Notch

Equipment List

Here is a list of equipment we suggest you bring.

Cost

$1275 per person double occupancy. Here, double occupancy means that you will share a hotel room with another trip participant.

You will also be responsible for transportation to North Conway, NH (or Portland, ME if you plan to fly in) as well as personal equipment, and any restaurant meals. You may also have the option of flying into Boston, MA or Manchester, NH, but check with us first.

Covered expenses include 7 nights lodging, ground transportation, lunch, guides, permits, insurance, satellite phone service. etc.

Food

Hiking is a rigorous, rewarding activity. You must feed your body in order for it perform, so we highly discourage skipping meals. Breakfast is provided every day by the lodge and we provide trail mix, Clif/Luna bars, and lunch for every hike. Dinners will be eaten as a group at your own expense at local restaurants. You will not be required to attend these dinners, but it's encouraged.