And while trails may seem more crowded, that all depends on what trails you use and when you are on them. If you hike around Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, weekends, etc., etc., yes indeed there will be more people on the trails as there is in a general sense. However, while many trails have been lost due to neglect, misuse, storms, etc., there are many more trails available today than ever. A vast majority of these (i.e. the Cohos Trail) will take you to beautiful areas that many casual hikers do not visit to the North Country. If crowds are a concern, skip the high peaks and visit the more remote areas, even at the busiest times your human encounters will be few.
"LIVE FREE OR DIE...DEATH IS NOT THE WORST OF ALL EVILS." Gen. John Stark. "by reason of much foule weather and Extreme Bad Woods to travel in..." From the letter of my Great Uncle, Samuel Willard (accompanied by my grandfather Henry), to Governor Dummer on August 16, 1725, explaining the reason for his return, being instructed to "range all the country", of the Wawobadenik (White Mountains) July 19-August 16, 1725. I am a 13th generation New Englander and proud of it.