Cadillac Mountain, ME
Panoramic coastal views from the top of Acadia National Park’s Mt. Desert Island are worth an early start to beat the crowds. Take the North Ridge Trail (four miles round-trip).
Gleasman’s Falls, NY
Head to the lonely western Adirondacks for this 5.6-miler to a waterfall. Pass a beaver pond on Burnt Creek along the way.
Info (315) 376-3521
Hunger Mountain, VT
Take the Waterbury Trail, a ledgy route up several rock chimneys, to a dazzling view of Mt. Mansfield. Allow extra time for the stiff, 4.4-mile trek, especially in blueberry season.
For an 11-mile loop that makes a perfect (long) day, connect the Dudley Trail with the Saddle Trail. Info baxterstateparkauthority.com