White Mountains of New Hampshire Preview

By David Toman, Associate Director, Business and Finance

I visited the White Mountains of New Hampshire last weekend to pre-hike part of the “Hut to Hut Backpacking Trip” that Delaware Nature Society is offering over Labor Day weekend.   The scenery and mountain views were incredible!  I enjoyed focusing the camera on waterfalls, wildlife and some small wild flower blooms.  My trek led me up, up, up a strenuous rocky trail, paralleling multiple waterfalls to the Mizpah Hut through a boreal forest zone.  From Mizpah I transitioned into the alpine zone before I got above the tree line near Mt. Pierce (4,310 ft.)  Once on the ridge line, the views in every direction were awe-inspiring.  While following the ridge line trails, Mt. Washington, 6,288 ft, is always beckoning. Parts of my hike included snow-covered paths through the woods and snow-melt streams running down the trail.  Hiking the Presidential Range is truly a fun and challenging experience.

Ridgeline view of Mt. Washington that you will see if you attend the hut to hut backpacking trip. Photo by David Toman
The Appalachian Mountain Club's Highland Center at Crawford Notch where you will spend the first night of the trip. Photo by David Toman

The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) will host the DNS trekkers in September.  I stayed at their Highland Center at Crawford Notch and thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality and great food!  In September, we will start from the Highland Center and backpack to the Mizpah Hut, Lake of the Clouds Hut and Madison Spring Hut; then we will hike back down to their Joe Dodge Lodge at Pinkham Notch for the final night stay. Much of this trip is on the Appalachian Trail. There are still open spots so check out the trip at http://www.delawarenaturesociety.org/travel.html.

Enjoy the view from Mt. Eisenhower overlooking the Mt. Washington Hotel. Photo by David Toman.

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