Friday, March 24, 2017 5:00PM - Sunday, March 26, 2017 4:00PM
New Hampshire, White Mountains,
This weekend is designed for active, fit participants interested in summiting some 4000+ foot peaks in Crawford Notch during the winter. Participants may be after the 48 peaks or just interested in some moderately challenging winter hiking in the White Mountains with a group. The program will commence Friday evening with dinner, followed by a welcome session where you will meet and greet other group members and guides, and learn about the hikes being offered that weekend. Our professional guides will cover what to expect during the hike including terrain, trail conditions and weather, hiking safety, a recommended gear list, leave no trace, and more. Additionally, during the hike, guides will point out interesting flora/fauna along the way. The group will attempt to hike at least one 4000 footer on Saturday and one on Sunday, with the possibility to do several. Actual hiking destinations may vary based on weather and trail conditions, but options include: Mt. Tom, Mt. Field, Mt. Willey, Mt. Pierce, Mt. Webster, and Mt. Jackson. Also offered on Saturday will be a pre-hike stretching session, a post hike social hour including complimentary hors d'oeuvres and cash bar, and a evening program featuring local hikers who have completed the 48 4000 footers. Program Highlights • Guided hikes up several 4000+ foot peaks. Options include: o Mt. Pierce: Following the Crawford Path past Gibbs Falls and the Mizpah Cut-off, this trail climbs through different forest zones. The grade of this hike is moderate, and the summit has grand views in all directions. 6.4 miles RT, 2400' climb, 6-7 hours RT. o Mt. Webster & Mt. Jackson Loop: This hike accesses both peaks of Mt. Webster and Mt. Jackson via the Webster-Jackson Trail and the Webster Cliff Trail. Travelling over steep, rocky terrain, the trail passes by Silver Cascades before approaching the ledgy, exposed summits. 6.5 miles, 2450' climb, 6 -8 hours RT(both summits). o Mt. Tom & Mt. Field Loop: This classic loops gets you to 2 4000' peaks. A moderately strenuous hike that starts on the Avalon Trail and continues to the Willey Range. 7.5 miles, 2350' climb, 6-8 hours RT. • Snowshoe Clinic: Our guides will offer a tutorial on how to fit and adjust snowshoes, then learn the basics of walking and hiking with snowshoes. • Tricks for Winter Comfort: Learn ways to beat the cold and snow and enjoy more time recreating in the outdoors during winter. • Participants will learn winter outdoor skills: o Hiking Safety with Winter Considerations, Tricks for Winter Comfort o Snowshoeing o Winter natural history
• "A very good intro to winter hiking in a wonderful location - The highlight was learning so much about winter hiking and the natural world of the White Mountains." Participant, February 2014 • "The highlight of this program was experiencing the summit of Pierce in winter conditions!" Participant, March 2014
Driving Directions to Highland Center at Crawford Notch and Shapleigh Bunkhouse Address to enter into GPS: U.S. 302, Bretton Woods, NH 03595 (44.22° N, 71.41° W) From Greater Boston Area: 1. Take I-93 North to NH Exit 35 toward Rt. 3 North. 2. Take Rt. 3 North for 10 miles. 3. Turn right onto Rt. 302 East and continue 8.3 miles to Highland Center, located on right side of road. Or 1. Take I-95 North to NH Rt. 16 North (NH exit 4) 2. Follow 16 North to 302/16 Junction in Glen, NH. 3. Turn right onto Rt. 302 West. Follow for 15.8 miles to Highland center, located on left side of road. From Portland, ME: 1. Take Rt. 302 West approximately 90 miles to Highland Center, located on the left side of the road. From Montreal: 1. Take AutoRt. 10 East to AutoRt. 55 South (north of Magog). 2. Take AutoRt. 55 South to I-91 South (at US/Canada line). 3. Take I-91 South to I-93 South (VT Exit 19). 4. Take I-93 South for 22.2 miles to Rt. 302 East (NH Exit 40). 5. Take Rt. 302 East to Highland Center, located on the right side of the road. From New York City (and Hartford, CT, or western MA) 1. Take I-95 North to I-91 North (Exit 48). 2. Take I-91 North through MA and VT to Rt. 302 East (VT Exit 17). 3. Take Rt. 302 East to Highland Center, located on the right side of the road. Approximate driving times and mileage to Pinkham • From Boston, 160 miles, three hours. • From Portland, 90 miles, two and a half hours. • From New York City, 360 miles, seven hours. • From Montreal, 175 miles, three hours and a half hours.