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Backpacker Magazine – May 2010

Local Hikes: Northeast

Hike across a state, gain the country's best foliage view, and top alpine balds. (Click linked trips for GPS waypoints, photos, and more.)

by: Ted Alvarez, Shannon Davis, and Kim Phillips.

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READER EXPERTS
Jeff Chow
North Potomac, MD
Tough gig: Chow spent 10 months mapping every mile of the Appalachian Trail. See GPS tracks and tips at backpacker.com/at
Favorite hike The AT (natch) through Maine’s  100 Mile Wilderness

Steven Roy
Milton, MA
Favorite hike Appalachian Trail through Mahoosuc Notch, ME

Nicholas Minute
Middleburgh, NY
Favorite hike Montour Falls section of the Finger Lakes Trail, NY
1. Best foliage: Camel’s Hump
Vermont’s third highest peak has 10 acres of tundra on top, a nice pad to scan the kaleidoscope of turning maples and oaks below. Hit the 2.4-mile Burrows Trail in October’s second week.

2. Alpine day: Bonds-Twins linkup
Top six 4,000-footers (the Bonds, Twins, and Mt. Guyot) on a 16.6-mile point-to-point from NH 112 to US 3.

3. Mega megafauna: Baxter SP
“If you don’t see a moose on this hike, then your guide dog will,” jokes Roy. Leave Roaring Brook Campground for a seven-mile hike to Bullwinkle-infested Russell Pond.

4. Favorite basecamp: Wild River Campground
Five trails meet near the entrance, and trout rise within walking distance. Its 12 sites are first-come, first-served.

5. Favorite weekend: The Great Range
Some do this 25-mile greatest-hits loop through Adirondack Park’s High Peaks region in a day. Blasphemy. Savor it. Day one is huge: You’ll hit seven peaks higher than 4,000 feet, then top 5,344-foot Mt. Marcy, the highest point in the state, before camping in Panther Gorge. Hike out on day two.

6. Best mini thru-hike: Maryland section of the AT
Hike the Appalachian Trail 41 miles across Maryland. Start in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Camp at Pine Knob Shelter.

7. Best falls hike: Ricketts Glen
See nearly three cascades per mile on this 6.2-mile lollipop.



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Richard Ruch
Jun 25, 2010

My favorite hike is the Pemi Loop in the White Mountains. This 31 mile loop in the interior of the forest will lead you over (8) 4000' plus peaks and you can easily grab 3 more along the way. The normal hike can easily be done in 3 days but some more adventerous folks tackle it in ond day. Either way the views are amazing and the portion from Mt. Liberty to beyond South Twin Peak is all on the Appalachian Trail.

Don
Jun 24, 2010

Is there a link to the Great Range loop? (#5)

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