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Saturday
Apr212012

April Vacation Week; Best Spring Hikes in the White Mountains

Spring is here and with it come both time-honored traditions and all sorts of opportunities for a fresh start.  Families enjoy April’s vacation week by returning to their favorite destinations to play, explore and just spend quality time together.

 

In the White Mountains of NH, many regard this week as an opportunity to escape for those who have endured freezing temperatures, dark days, snow, snow and more snow. These families book their flights and rush off to tropical destinations.

 

For me and my boys, April school vacation week has been a time to explore the heart of the White Mountains and witness nature’s rebirth after a long, cold winter. There is no need to book an expensive flight when we have all the true essence of springtime right here. During this week, it is almost always warm and sunny in the White Mountains. Many times our friends return from their week in the tropics to find that we have better tans than they do.

 

Our family tradition is to hike up Bridal Veil Falls first. This hike is best in April. You can miss the “buggy” season and the hike is mild enough to wake up muscles that have not been used while skiing all winter. The best part of this hike are the stories behind the copper mine trail and the mysterious plaque that is mounted along the river on your trip up to the falls. Every year my boys would ask me to tell them the story again as if they had never heard it before. Stories and Legends are best when they can be told where they occurred.

 

Our other favorite spring hike is Bald Knob. Bald Knob is located in Franconia Notch State Park. This short but amazing hike is easy to climb with all sorts of jungle gym-type rocks to climb and walk upon. A short track across the top of the ridge brings you to Artist Bluff. Artist Bluff got its name from the famous Artists who used to visit the White Mountains. These artists used the picturesque scene to explore their creativity in painting landscapes.

 

Bridal Veil Falls and Bald Knob are located near the Cannon Mountain Tramway which opens May 25, 2012 and runs until October 14, 2012. The Tram takes roughly 10 minutes to get to the top. With two trams running all day there is seldom a wait to ride to the top and from the top of Cannon Mountain you can see forever! The breathtaking views are a wonderful experience and New Hampshire is fortunate to have this attraction which makes the mountain’s peak accessible to all. The museum located at the Tramway base parking lot is full of historical facts and items that add to the nostalgic charm permeating the entire White Mountains.

 

To European settlers, America was largely considered a wilderness only 150 years ago. Northern New England residents are proud of their history in making it their home and many have worked to preserve their heritage for others to enjoy.

 

Well folks, those are my thoughts for today on Spring Break for April. Hang around and we will talk more about all the fun and exciting things to do in the White Mountains of NH.

 

See you on the trails!

Sunday
Jan292012

Follow Simone Moro and Denis Urubko live this week while they are climbing Nanga Parbat

https://www.facebook.com/events/318531328191270/ 

The North Face Nanga Parbat Winter Expedition - Please join me and watch Simone Moro and Denis Urubko as they progress through each phase of their journey.

The link above is the facebook page where you can follow them all week and they will be answering questions about their hike.

If you would like to learn more about Naga Parbat, please visit the link below for information and beautiful pictures of this amazing mountain.

http://www.summitpost.org/nanga-parbat/150276

I will see you on the trails.

Linda

Tuesday
Jan242012

What a great way to start the day

Hello Hikers,

I have to say that getting on the phone to chat with Chris Keach at the WBVF home talk radio station is a wonderful way to start the day.

We had a lot of fun reminiscing about the past and chatting about all the wonderful hikes in the White Mountains. Yes, it was nice to be able to tell everyone where they could find my book White Mountain Hikes; Legends, Mysteries and More (syktd) but that is second to sharing time with someone who has walked many of the same trails that I have.

Perhaps that is the best part about hiking. It's like meeting someone who lived in the same house you grew up in. You say things like, "Oh yeah, I used to pick apples from the neighbors yard, Mrs... what was her name?" There is a sort of remembrance when you hike, whether you've hike the trail before or not. I think that feeling we get is an innate sense we all have: we are part of nature by birthright.

I am really looking forward to having everyone's input as this website grows. Feel free to share your hikes, ask questions and send your favorite hiking pictures. We will be adding information and links here daily. Your thoughts and questions will make this webpage your very own hiking page.

I promise you that in no time you will not want to take a hike without stopping here first to check in.

So welcome to WhiteMountainHikes.com and I will see you on the trails.

 

Monday
Jan232012

Linda's Blog

This portion of our site is under construction, but will feature regular updates related to exploring and hiking New Hampshire's White Mountains.  If you'd like us to alert you when new posts are made, please send us an email at WhiteMtnHikes@gmail.com.

Happy Hiking!