|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
Backpacker Magazine – May 2000
You can spend days exploring the Dry River Valley forest without seeing another soul, even if it sounds like you're being chased by a well-armed militia.
Getting There: To access the 9.6-mile Dry River Trail, head north from Bartlett (about 4 hours north of Boston) on NH 302 and drive 9 miles. Experienced winter hikers might consider a rugged 16.6-mile trip that climbs to Lake of the Clouds via the sky-high Crawford Path and returns along the Dry River Trail.
Prime Time: January through February, during the wee hours of the night.
Guides: White Mountain Guide, 26th ed., by Gene Daniell and Jon Burroughs (Appalachian Mountain Club Books, 800-262-4455; www.outdoors.org; $21.95).
Contact: Ammonoosuc Ranger District, White Mountain National Forest, (603) 869-2626.