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New Hampshire: Pop Goes The Forest

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.

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