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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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    Quote Originally Posted by hobbes
    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.
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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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