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Lake Willoughby Panorama, 8/23/22

Location: Lake Willoughby, Westmore, VT

Date: 8/23/22

Panoramic shot of Lake Willoughby taken during a recent kayaking trip (open image in a new tab for a larger pix).

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First Kayak ’22: Echo Lake

Location: Franconia, NH

Date: 5/22/22

Finally got some kayaking in, much later than usual. This is Echo Lake, at the base of Cannon Mountain.

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Ripley Falls Winter Hiking, 04/06/22

Location: Hart’s Location, NH

Date: 4/6/22

They list it as a moderate hike, but honestly, there isn’t much in the way of difficulty here. It’s probably best to avoid it after a snowfall, as a section of it runs right along a steep ridge (the AllTrails comment about a ski pole going right through and finding air gave me some pause). Very short – one mile out and back – but the falls definitely makes it worth it. The whole area out on the Crawford Notch Rd. (before you hit Attitash) is gorgeous, with many trails and trailheads.

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Hiking the Flume Gorge, 3/26/22

Location: Lincoln, NH

Date: 3/26/22

Heavily trafficked in the summer (and fairly expensive to get in), the Flume Gorge is incredible in the winter. Definitely a must-hit if you find yourself in the Franconia corridor in the winter (crampons are a must, however). A bit late in the season, but the snow pack was still lighter than it usually is in late March.

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Mt. Willard Winter Hike, 3/22/22

Location: Carroll, NH

Date: 3/22/22

Mt. Willard is always a great hike, summer or winter. The overlook/payoff is amazing, especially in the winter.

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White House Trail, Winter Hiking – 03/09/22

Location: Lincoln, NH

Date: 3/9/22

A very short and easy trail that is probably mostly used as a starting point for other trails. Still, a nice walk in the woods, although it is fairly heavily trafficked on the weekends. You can access this just north of the Flume Gorge at the Liberty Springs Trailhead parking lot. For a bit of a loop, hike the length of the trail and take a right at the end of it to hike the bike path back to the parking lot (not the best idea on a weekend – snowmobiles abound!).

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Winter Hiking: Lone Oak Trail, Woodsville, NH

Location: Woodsville, New Hampshire

Date: 2/20/22, 2/24/22

Tucked away just north of Woodsville is the Lone Oak Trail, maintained by the Upper Valley Land Trust. While short, this moderate trail features a bit of elevation, making it steep in places (particularly as you reach the summit). It’s definitely worth the effort, though, as you can see from the view. I had a crampon blow out on this one, so actually had to make a couple of runs at it before getting to the top.

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Hubbard Park, Montpelier, Vermont 02/21/22

Location: Montpelier, Vermont

Date: 02/21/22

Just north of the statehouse in Montpelier, Hubbard Park is a 194-acre park packed with hiking trails, shelters, fire places, and a large stone tower at its highest point. There are multiple parking areas and access points; we parked on Parkway Street and hiked up, which was under two miles in and back, with some elevation. There is nothing too strenuous here, but it is a great place to do some light hiking, although I imagine it probably is pretty well-traveled at times.

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Owlshead Mountain – hiking 2/17/22

Location: Peacham, Vermont (Groton State Forest)

Date: 02/17/22

The yearly winter hike up Owlshead. The temps were pushing 50 and rain was in the forecast, but it held off. I had the mountain to myself.

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The Basin in Winter

Location: Lincoln, New Hampshire

Date: 2/8/22

Dubbed by no less than Henry David Thoreau as “perhaps the most remarkable curiosity of its kind in New England,” The Basin is also was fun short hike with a unique reward. Winter is no different, and you certainly won’t have the crowds to deal with. This is located directly off I-93 and along the Franconia Notch Bike Trail.

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