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Hiking Resources

  1. Weather Forecasts
  2. Current Trail Conditions
  3. Snow Depth
  4. Access Road Closures
  5. Trail Maps
  6. Trail Guides
  7. Hiker Safety
  8. Acronyms
  9. Magazine Articles
  10. Lyme Disease Caution


Weather Forecasts:

Before you hike, check the weather forecast for a city close
to where your mountain is located! Click on a city below
to get links to weather forecast services for that area.

weather map nashua concord laconia lincoln gorham pittsburg lebanon keene bennington rutland montpelier newport stratton greenville millinocket barharbor

 
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Current Trail Conditions:

  1. New England Trail Conditions -- A well-organized website
    (by Jeremy Clark) where fellow hikers post current hiking
    trail conditions, especially helpful in winter.
     
  2. Views From The Top -- Another website where
    hikers post current trail conditions.
     
  3. Rocks on Top -- Yet another website where
    hikers post current trail conditions.
     
  4. Trails NH -- Combines recent trail condition reports from
    multiple sources, including New England Trail Conditions,
    Views From The Top and Rocks on Top.

 
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Snow Depth:

  1. NOAA Interactive Snow Information -- Tells how much
    snow is on the ground (adjust "Select Date" on left,
    then click "Redraw Map").

 
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Access Road Closures:

  1. WMNF Forest Road Status -- Official status
    (closed or open) of access roads
    in the White Mountain National Forest.
     
  2. GNW Road Network and Closures -- Official status
    (closed or open) of access roads
    in the Great North Woods (way north NH).

 
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Trail Maps:

  1. Map Adventures -- Their White Mountains Trail Map
    gives the "big picture", showing most of the
    White Mountain trails on a single map. This map is a superb
    reference for choosing a new mountain to hike.
     
  2. DeLorme -- The DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteer Series covers
    every state in the USA. These detailed road and topographic
    maps are great for accessing remote trailheads.
     
  3. Wonalancet Out Door Club -- The WODC publishes
    a fine Tyvek map of the Sandwich Range.
     
  4. Squam Lakes Association -- The SLA publishes a Squam
    Trail Map
    covering easy hikes in the region.
     
  5. Green Hills Preserve -- The Nature Conservancy
    publishes a trail map of the Green Hills Preserve
    (near North Conway).
     
  6. Belknap County Sportsmens Association -- This group
    maintains a list of 12 peaks in the Belknap Range, (by
    with pointers to sources for two excellent hiking maps
    Dave Roberts) of the Belknap Range and Ossipee Range.
     
  7. MapMart -- A source for buying digitized topographic
    maps (from the U.S. Geological Survey), useful for
    finding trailless peaks.
     
  8. ACME Mapper -- A source for free (low resolution)
    digitized topographic maps.
     
  9. NH topo maps -- A new (free) resource provided
    by the NH Fish and Game Department.

 
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Trail Guides:

  1. Appalachian Mountain Club -- The AMC is the primary
    source for trail guides for mountains in New Hampshire
    and Maine. Their guide books are the recognized
    standard for the area. Included paper trail maps are
    accurately drawn (via GPS). AMC sells waterproof (Tyvek)
    versions of the trail maps separately.
     
  2. Randolph Mountain Club -- The RMC publishes the
    guidebook Randolph Paths covering the Northern
    Presidentials, with an included Tyvek map.
     
  3. Dartmouth Outing Club -- The DOC publishes the
    Dartmouth Outing Guide, which includes Mt. Cube,
    Smarts Mtn. and Mt. Moosilauke.
     
  4. Friends of the Wapack -- This group publishes the Wapack
    Trail Guide
    of easy hikes in southern New Hampshire.
     
  5. Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway Trail Club -- This group
    publishes the Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway Trail Guide
    of easy hikes in southern New Hampshire.
     
  6. Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway Coalition -- This
    group publishes the SRKG Trail Guide of easy hikes
    in the Lake Sunapee area.
     
  7. Appalachian Trail Conservancy -- The ATC publishes
    trail guides for those areas where the AT crosses
    Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.
     
  8. Green Mountain Club -- The GMC is the primary source
    for trail guides and maps for the mountains of Vermont.
     
  9. Huntington Graphics -- This company publishes
    mountain-hiking guides for Vermont.
     
  10. The Mountain Wanderer -- This Lincoln, NH, bookstore
    is loaded with mountain-hiking resources,
    including hardcopy USGS topo maps of NH.
     
  11. Bob & Geri's Adventures -- Detailed directions for
    bushwhack hikes on the New England 100 Highest list.
     
  12. FranklinSites.com Hiking Guide -- Excellent New England
    hike trip reports and photos (by Jeremy Clark).
     
  13. Peakbagger.com -- Comprehensive worldwide mountain
    hiking website! Includes good coverage for New Hampshire.
     
  14. Ted's Favorite Hikes in Southern New Hampshire
    by Ted Bonner -- Available in print from Yankee Farmer,
    Greenfield, NH (603-547-6421).

 
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Hiker Safety:

  1. The 10 essentials for a safe and pleasant hike
    -- excellent safety info from AMC
     
  2. Safe Hiking in New Hampshire
    -- suggestions from NH Fish and Game
     
  3. Essential Three-Season Gear for Northeastern Hikes
    -- gear suggestions from AMC
     
  4. Hiking with Kids -- What to Bring
     
  5. Hiking in Winter
     
  6. "To the Owner of This Book" introductory chapter
    in the AMC White Mountain Guide.
     
  7. Accounts of bad experiences:
        - Mountain Rescue
        - Life-Threatening Weather
        - Death on Mt. Monadnock
        - A Beautiful Place to Die
     
  8. A White Mountains rescue cost $10,000

 
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