Discover the White Mountains of New Hampshire
by Jerry & Marcy Monkman (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
© Jerry & Marcy Monkman/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.
We actually did this trip backwards from the way it is presented in the guide as this turned out to be better from a logisticaly standpoint. We parked at Appalachia, took the hiker shuttle to the Highland Center and then did Mizpah, Lakes, Maddison as described in the guide. We also went out via the Air Line / Valley Way trails to get to our car (this is also different from the guide, but a little shorter and more accessible). I did the trip with my 9 year old son and we had a blast! The views were absolutely amazing...visibility of 120 miles from Mt. Washington on the first and last days we were out. The day we were at the Washington summit, the visibility was about 10 feet! However, the ridges are unbelievably beautiful even in the clouds and the views from Mt. Jefferson and Mt. Adams were spectacular. We also summited Mt. Maddison on the last day - just amazing. I guess the best advice we can give is to believe the hype and make sure to bring all your layers...we used them all in different combinations over the 4 days...
this is a great trip. The scenery is spectacular, and the hiking is rugged. Do it sooner than later!
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