White Mountain Fall Day-Hiking and Base Camping with Kayaking
New Hampshire's White Mountains are a rugged and beautiful wilderness with
enormous granite peaks that rise far 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, bears, deer, and
fox. We plan to hike some of the premiere trails the White Mountains have to
This trip is a Day Hiking Only trip with one day of Kayaking
(or canoeing if you prefer -- experience not necessary). It differs
from our traditional backpacking excursions because instead of backpacking, we
spend every night base camping at a front country campground.
By "Day Hiking" we mean that we'll embark upon 4 hikes, one per day
for 4 days, separated by a day of kayaking. Unlike backpacking, we drive to a trailhead
every morning and carry only day packs containing a minimum of equipment. Most days we hike
5-10 miles, rain or shine.
This trip is ideal for those who want to jump start their fitness regimen or for
those individuals who would find backpacking too strenuous. Some participants
have summitted the first mountain in their life on this trip. However, no matter
what your condtioning level, you will find the week challenging and hopefully
enjoyable. Because we're carrying significantly less gear than we would on a
backpacking trip, expect body composition change to be more moderate. One other
note: We will be staying in a campground that has fire pits, picnic tables, running
water, and coin operated showers.
This trip will take place September 15-21, 2013. The hikes themselves will
occur September 16-20, 2013. Here is the
We will be hiking to some of the premier mountain destinations in the White
Mountains tempered by a flat day of hiking and a day of kayaking. The hikes
themselves will include Welch & Dickey Mountains, Sabbaday Falls, Mt. Chocorua,
Lincoln Woods, Franconia Falls, and the tallest peak in NH, Mt.
We'll also spend a day of kayaking on the Androscoggin River with kayaks from
Great Glen Trails.
The White Mountains are a 2 hour drive from the airport in Manchester, NH (MHT).
We'll shuttle you to and from the airport to North Conway, NH at the beginning
and end of the trip or you can drive and park safely all week.
Weather is always an important concern when hiking. While daytime temperatures in
the lowlands may be in the 70s, there may be snow on the upper reaches of Mt.
Washington. However, expect temperatures in the 60s during the day, but in the
30s & 40s at elevation.
Historical September weather
averages in the 60s during the day and 40s at elevation. However, be prepared
for the possibility of day temperatures as high as 80 and as low as 25.
lives in Phoenix, AZ and has hiked all over the Arizona Desert. She had guided
Fitpacking trips to
- White Mountain National Forest, NH
- Four Peaks Wilderness, AZ
- Gila National Forest, NM
- Sedona, AZ
- Shenandoah National Park, VA
- Olympic National Park, WA
- Isle Royale National Park, MI
- Florida National Scenic Trail, FL
- Appalachian Trail, CT
- Yosemite National Park, CA
Deb is a WMI certified Wilderness First Responder and a Certified Food Handler.
Leslie Beckwith is from North Conway, NH and has thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail
twice (Trail Name: Llama) and the Pacific Crest Trail once. She has guided the White Mountains Trip several times.
Here is a
list of equipment
we suggest you bring.
The list is extensive and can seem daunting, but please don't let this deter you
from the trip. You can rent top notch quality gear for reasonable prices from
Lower Gear or
It may also be possible for us to provide some gear for you at a nominal fee if you let us
know far ahead of the trip. Unfortunately, we're not in the gear business so the selection of
our available inventory is unpredictable. Please feel free to
discuss any gear with us before the trip.
$1100 per person double occupancy. Here, double occupancy means that you will
share a room in Cranmore Mountain Lodge with another trip participant. You will be responsible
for getting to and from New Hampshire as well as personal equipment and any
If you plan to fly, fly in to Manchester, NH (MHT) we will pick you up and
drop you off at the airport (over 2 hours away from the lodge).
Covered expenses include 2 nights lodging at Cranmore Mountain Lodge (made to
order country breakfast included), 4 nights in Dry River Campground, ground
transportation, 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners, kayaking,
permits, National Forest usage fees, insurance, and awesome guides. Gratuities
for lodge staff are not incuded.