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Backpacker Magazine – August 2012

Trail Mix: East

Your region's go-now guide.

by: Jesse Greenspan, Morgan Tilton and Rachel Zurer

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Great Falls (Photo by: Pat and Chuck Blackley)
Great Falls (Photo by: Pat and Chuck Blackley)
Mt. Washington, NH (Photo by: Tim Seaver)
Mt. Washington, NH (Photo by: Tim Seaver)

Bragging Rights
Climb New England’s six highpoints.
You can complete this bucket list in a single glorious summer. “Save Katahdin for last and make a weekend of it,” says BACKPACKER Senior Editor Shannon Davis, who’s tagged 49 state highpoints.

1. Connecticut Bear Mountain
2,316 feet; 6.1 miles; Trip ID 34984
The state’s highest ground is actually on the southern slope of Mt. Frissell, whose 2,454-foot summit lies .1 mile into Massachusetts. But Bear Mountain offers a better view.

2. Massachusetts Mt. Greylock
3,489 feet; 7.8 miles; Trip ID 30925
Take in the sights and scents of New England’s southernmost boreal forest from a lighthouse-like memorial honoring veterans of World War I.

3. Rhode Island Jerimoth Hill
812 feet; .1 mile; Trip ID 50031
Pack crampons, ice axe, and a down jacket for the ascent–even in summer. It’ll make for a funny photo atop this nondescript boulder a short stroll from the road.

4. Maine Mt. Katahdin
5,270 feet; 10 miles; Trip ID 1361849
Make sure the mountain isn’t closed due to inclement weather, and be ready for a grueling climb via a 1.1-mile ridge only three feet wide in places, with 1,500-foot drops. Don’t want to risk the famously sheer Knife Edge? Turn to page 69 for a route that offers more solitude, less thrills.

5. Vermont Mt. Mansfield
4,395 feet; 4.8 miles; Trip ID 36428
Snag vistas of Lake Champlain, the Green Mountains, and the Adirondacks as you cross the state’s largest patch of alpine tundra via the Sunset Ridge Trail.

6. New Hampshire Mt. Washington
6,288 feet; 7.8 miles; Trip ID 20773
We can’t do anything about the summit crowds or weather, but we have scouted the best route–fun scrambling, low traffic–to the top. Turn to page 68 for details on the 8.5-mile Huntington Ravine route.

Take Your Appetite
Share a blueberry feast with northern New Hampshire’s black bears
Hundreds of wild blueberry bushes burst with ripe, delicious fruit every July and August on the glacially smoothed bedrock of 2,555-foot Mt. Hayes, in New Hampshire’s Mahoosuc Range. Get there by crossing over the Androscoggin River and following the Appalachian Trail’s white blazes to the summit (6.4 miles round-trip). You may want to gorge like the region’s numerous bruins, but be polite: Don’t strip a bush of all its treasure. Trip ID 1687122

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Sep 06, 2012

Mt marcy is a great hike and overnighter. Also where is tn and ga???

Sep 06, 2012

NY isn't in New England. It's in the Midatlantic states. It might be a great mountain or a great hike or both, but it's not in New England.

Jake Fronckowiak
Sep 06, 2012

Much agreed with above comment. How does BP mag. miss Mt. Marcy?????? I mean it's a very challenging hike, especially if you do it in one day, without an overnight stay!!

Evan o
Sep 06, 2012

Is new york's mt Marcy really not on this list? Fail.

Evan o
Sep 06, 2012

Is new york's mt Marcy really not on this list? Fail.


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