AMC's Best Backpacking in New England Guide Book

by Matt Heid (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
AMCand39;s Best Backpacking in New England  by Matt Heid

320pp/maps/photos
ISBN: 1934028908

From the Maine Woods to the White Mountains to Cape Cod, New England's wildest and least-touched trails offer spectacular adventures for backpackers of every skill level. Now fully updated, this three-season guidebook from the trusted publisher of the White Mountain Guide will lead you to 37 of the best backpacking expeditions in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Each trip features turn-by-turn directions, basic topographic maps, camping options, and more. This edition includes new trips, including the New England National Scenic Trail and Grafton Loop Trail. Whether you're looking for an easy two-day trip or hoping to tackle Maine's 100-Mile Wilderness, this is an essential tool for finding the most exciting New England backpacking experiences.

© 2014 Matt Heid/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Trails from the "AMC's Best Backpacking in New England" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 37.
... Preview: In the southwestern corner of Rhode Island lies a vast rolling landscape of streams, forests, ponds, open fields, wildflowers—and few people. The only backpacking option in Rhode Island, Arcadia Manag ... From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in New England"
Exeter, RI - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 0.6
... Preview: Bigelow Range creases the landscape of western Maine, a long, rocky ridge dotted with peaks and far-reaching views. At lower elevations, enriched soils create habitat for abundant sugar maples. In f ... From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in New England"
Farmington, ME - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 12.7
... Preview: The Breadloaf Wilderness’s 25,000 acres include 27 miles of the Long Trail and a chain of rugged 3,000-foot peaks. Views are precious in this forested region, but the streams, forests, trails, and she ... From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in New England"
Middlebury, VT - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 12.4
... Preview: The lofty Camden Hills are the highest coastal promontories on the Eastern seaboard south of Acadia National Park. Most people summit 1,385-foot Mount Megunticook, the highest peak in the range, for i ... From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in New England"
Camden, ME - Backpacking,Hiking
... Preview: A hump of solid stone composes the 4,083-foot summit, tufted with a small patch of alpine tundra. Expansive views sweep across the state. A 20,000-acre protected landscape surrounds it. No structure h ... From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in New England"
Waterbury Center, VT - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 7
... Preview: Speckled Mountain hides in the eastern Whites. Secluded east of the Baldface Range, over the Maine state line, and invisible from elsewhere in the Whites, it offers a quiet ledge-walking escape wi ... From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in New England"
Bethel, ME - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 8.6
... Preview: Surrounded on three sides by soaring granite cliffs, Chimney Pond sits in the mountainous heart of Baxter State Park. Overhead looms mile-high Baxter Peak—northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail—wh ... From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in New England"
Millinocket, ME - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 11
... Preview: Located at the farthest end of Maine’s coast, the Cutler Coast is often muddy, foggy, and wet. But it offers the opportunity to backpack through a spongy maritime forest along the rockbound hide of Ne ... From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in New England"
Cutler, ME - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 9.2
... Preview: In southeastern Massachusetts, directly adjacent to both Connecticut and Rhode Island, 4,600-acre Douglas State Forest offers pleasant and diverse woodlands, a hidden trail shelter, and a back-country ... From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in New England"
Douglas, MA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 4.8
... Preview: Deep in the southern Green Mountains, 3,748-foot Glastenbury Mountain rises above a vast sea of uninterrupted woodland. A fire tower crowns the summit, offering 360-degree views over some of Ver ... From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in New England"
Bennington, VT - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 22.7
... Preview: The full Grafton Loop features about 30 miles of new trail around Grafton Notch, along with an 8-mile section of the Appalachian Trail (AT) between Old Speck Mountain and Baldpate Mountain. The ... From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in New England"
Newry, ME - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 38.2
... Preview: The Great Gulf carves deep into the mountains, guarded thousands of feet overhead by the peaks of the Northern Presidentials. Born here, the Peabody River tears down a steep and boulder-strewn watersh ... From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in New England"
Conway, NH - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 19.3
... Preview: Leave behind the trod and trammeled trails of Katahdin for a hauntingly wild landscape of alpine plateaus, remote ponds, rushing rivers, and hidden valleys. Explore Baxter State Park to the beat of yo ... From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in New England"
Millinocket, ME - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 19.8
... Preview: Trails lace the flanks of Mount Adams, a peak lined with rocky ridges and gouged by deep valleys. King Ravine cuts deepest, a giant bowl scooped from the mountainside. The densest collection of trai ... From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in New England"
Gorham, NH - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 10.2
... Preview: The 18,000-acre Lye Brook Wilderness perches atop a high-elevation plateau in the southern Green Mountains. Its west front drops steeply into the broad marble valley of Manchester. Century-old forest ... From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in New England"
Manchester, VT - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 14.8
... Preview: The Mahoosuc Range straddles the Maine–New Hampshire border northeast of the White Mountains. Even by New England standards, these mountains are remarkable for their ruggedness. Mahoosuc Notch slic ... From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in New England"
Newry, ME - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 15.1
... Preview: Dunbar Brook flows through some of the most isolated terrain in Massachusetts. Steep, boulder-pocked slopes rise above the stream as it drops into the deep gorge of the Deerfield River. Loggers could ... From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in New England"
Monroe, MA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 2
... Preview: Montalban Ridge runs due south from Mount Washington for 15 miles. The Davis Path traverses its spine, one of the longest and most remote sections of trail in the Whites-remarkable given its location ... From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in New England"
Conway, NH - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 17.7
... Preview: In the rolling hillscape of western Massachusetts, 3,491-foot Mount Greylock stands alone, an isolated massif carved by deep valleys and awash with diverse flora. A loop around the peak, from base ... From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in New England"
Williamstown, MA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 11
... Preview: Mount Mansfield’s long alpine spine resembles a human face. He looks upward; the top of his head points south. His features are named promontories—the Forehead, the Nose, the Adam’s Apple—but the Chin ... From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in New England"
Underhill Center, VT - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 10.6