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    Default Hiking in Early May

    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.

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    Default Arethusa Falls

    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/w...php?num=34&p=0
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    p.s. again - bring bug reppellant - any of the locals can chime in regarding black fly season

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    Awesome!! I'll add this to my list... perfect for the family too.

    Thanks!

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    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).

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    Default Middle and Peaked

    I'm with Hobbes about Middle and Peaked Mountains. Good views for little effort. Here's a link:

    http://www.nature.org/wherewework/no...es/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.
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    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.
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    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!).

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    so as I read into this more.. bugs are pretty bad this time of year? any recommended bug spray?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebatch20
    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.
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    Default Bugs/Bugspray

    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.
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