Best Hikes with Dogs: New Hampshire & Vermont
by Lisa Densmore (The Mountaineers Books)
© 2005 Lisa Densmore/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
We did this day hike as a means of getting in shape for 4 nights packing in Glacier NP in August. Although without packs on this hike, it was a good work-out. It has a 2800' change in elevation, with a combination of well graded paths and steep, rocky, and during our trip, wet paths at higher elevations.
It is quite a beautiful hike, with vegetation much like a cloudforest when we got up higher-Olympic Peninsula light. Good views both sides from top but clouds moved in and subsequent rain. Trail guide was a bit confusing as to the loop at the top, we just doubled back after visiting the abandoned hotel.
Highly recommended as a climb that combines a work-out and some beauty. The guide underestimates some of the footwork you need to do at the higher elevations so be prepared.
Right near Manchester for supplies. The less vertically inclined can enjoy many sub-trails at the trail head, including a walk around a lake.
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