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ebatch20
05-01-2007, 03:12 PM
Hello Everyone - New Member;

I am looking for information about trails in and around Conway area (anywhere in the White Mountains) for some short-mid day hikes.

My family is heading to the Conway area for a little R&R Mother's Day Weekend and I curious as to what trails/area's are the best for Novice Hikers and of course, weather conditions will pay a big part.

Thanks in Advance.

climbabout
05-01-2007, 04:39 PM
One of my favorites is Arethusa Falls - the trail is off route 302 a short drive from North Conway. Well protected in marginal weather and a nice waterfall at the end - about 3mi round trip - 800ft elevation gain - makes for a nice morning or afternoon hike.
Here's a link: http://www.northeastwaterfalls.com/waterfall.php?num=34&p=0
Tim

p.s - welcome!
p.s. again - bring bug reppellant - any of the locals can chime in regarding black fly season

ebatch20
05-01-2007, 05:01 PM
Awesome!! I'll add this to my list... perfect for the family too.

Thanks!

hobbes
05-01-2007, 05:48 PM
Black Cap and Diana's Bath are both pretty good for beginners. For slightly more effort you can check out the Green Hills Preserve (Peaked, Middle). All trailheads are in or very near North Conway proper. Keep in mind an easy grade trail can still be made a challenge if the trail has lingering ice and/or is very wet. Although probably a bit wet, a stroll around Pudding Pond is also quite pleasent with little to no elevation gain).

KD Talbot
05-01-2007, 06:51 PM
I'm with Hobbes about Middle and Peaked Mountains. Good views for little effort. Here's a link:

http://www.nature.org/wherewework/northamerica/states/newhampshire/preserves/art315.html

Also, if you travel up to Pinkham Notch there is Square Ledge, the Crystal Cascade and Lost Pond. Square Ledge has an awesome view of the ravines on the east side of Mount Washington, but may not be a good idea with small children as there is a dangerous drop from the top.

Ditto on the bug spray, we usually stay out of the mountains in June because of blackflies. Head nets may be better as most blackflies think bugspray is marinade.
KDT

Brad
05-01-2007, 07:22 PM
If you are looking for a bit longer of a hike, try Kearsarge off Hurricane Mt Road just north of N Conway. Excellent view from the top with a nice fire tower.

hobbes
05-01-2007, 08:48 PM
Kearsarge can be a bit of a struggle for novice hikers. I remember taking a group of camp kids many years ago when I was a counselor in Maine, and the only thing that got them up was a snake crossing the path behind them (and them wanting to get away as quickly as possible). By the time we got to the top, most could not manage the stairs to the top of the tower (wimps!).

Brad
05-01-2007, 09:56 PM
Kearsarge can be a bit of a struggle for novice hikers. I remember taking a group of camp kids many years ago when I was a counselor in Maine, and the only thing that got them up was a snake crossing the path behind them (and them wanting to get away as quickly as possible). By the time we got to the top, most could not manage the stairs to the top of the tower (wimps!).
Wow - my daughter in law is blind and she did it just fine. We did a lot of guiding as she did not bring her guide dog. Our small grandchildren did fine with it the same day.

ebatch20
05-02-2007, 02:07 PM
so as I read into this more.. bugs are pretty bad this time of year? any recommended bug spray?

Bill O
05-02-2007, 02:48 PM
so as I read into this more.. bugs are pretty bad this time of year? any recommended bug spray?

I've hiked Tuckerman Ravine Trail in June and July and have never run into any bugs. I'm not sure, maybe black flies don't like me or I just hike too fast.

KD Talbot
05-02-2007, 05:09 PM
I don't seem to run into them in the ravines and above treeline either, but down in the woods they're murder. I think it is also true they may prefer some blood types to others, I think I've read this. Ben's is good bugspray, 100% deet, but some people say don't use it on kids. No spray I've used is 100% effective. Deep Woods Off comes in towelette packages that are easy to use, especially on kids, but I think it has Deet, too. I've taken to wearing a headnet. It looks stupid, but it's definitely more effective. They're cheap and you can get them in most sporting good places, even Walmart where the fishing gear is. Mosquitos are bad this time of year and carry Triple E and other diseases, also check for tics after being in the woods. Wear long pants and longsleeve shirts and shoes, not sandals. I'm not trying to scare you off, just trying to prepare you for the woods up here. Coming at the wrong time of year and not being prepared has turned off a lot of would-be hikers/campers to NH. The best time to come is September and October, the foliage is out, the bugs are gone, the days are warm and the nights are cool.
KDT

Steve M
05-02-2007, 11:31 PM
Have you ever hiked Mt. Willard? This is a great short hike with awsome views. The trail head is at the Crawford Train Station on 302 Just before the AMC Highlands Visitor Center. It's about 3.2 miles round trip and gains about 1000 ft. in elevation. My favorite part is right at the end you come out at a cliff that overlooks Crawford Notch with a view of the Southern Presidentials. Takes roughly 3 hrs. if you are taking it easy.

Joey Keyz
05-03-2007, 08:40 AM
Have you ever hiked Mt. Willard? This is a great short hike with awsome views.

Ya got that right Steve. This is an incredible view, isn't it?

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y209/joeykeyz/VIEWS/Mt.jpg

ebatch20
05-06-2007, 07:38 PM
Wow... awesome picture!!

Thanks for posting.

Steve M
05-06-2007, 10:53 PM
Joey, I've got almost the exact shot only in the fall. I also have it on video and will post it as soon as I can get it from tape to computer.

By the way, how do you get a photo to appear in a post???

Joey Keyz
05-06-2007, 11:00 PM
Here's two other of my favorite shots of Mt. Willard.
These are just as your braking out of the pines
and on to the summit. "Just Wonderful"!

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d30/yesfans/MtWillard/MtWillard11-1-05067s.jpg

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d30/yesfans/MtWillard/MtWillard11-1-05065q.jpg

Joey Keyz
05-06-2007, 11:03 PM
By the way, how do you get a photo to appear in a post???
Use the http link with PhotoBucket.

If you don't have PhotoBucket, just Goggle it
and you'll find a free sign up page. It's pretty
cool. You can dump your vidoes on it also.