Best Hikes with Dogs: New Hampshire & Vermont
by Lisa Densmore (The Mountaineers Books)
© 2005 Lisa Densmore/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
Hiked up White Rock today via the Bob Kemp trail, then took the Skyline Trail to the top of Hunger, and down the Middlesex Trail. Truly awesome views from both peaks and from many places along the Skyline Trail. All trails were very wet today due to recent rain. Lots of scrambling, descending was treacherous in places, but it was all worth it!
HIked up this today, MIddlesex trail. Must say beautiful, strenuous, and lots of wet snow (winter hikers were insufficient, even with microspikes). Near to top trail was hard to find (no footsteps to travel and markings appeared and reappeared almost randomly in the steep section). All snow and little rock exposed, we weren't sure if we were still on trail. At one point we turned around because going forward would have chanced a slip and fall for a ways and off the trail. Can't wait to try it again! Snowshoes would've been better. Have also done the Bob Kemp trail to White Rock and can't say which is my favorite; both challenging and both were in different winter/spring conditions. But a must do any time of year!!
Hiked this on a really warm and sunny late winter's day. I really enjoyed it. Pretty challenging, but not long timewise. I made it up and down in about 3 hours, with a 20 min. lunch break. I used snowshoes in the soft snow on the way up, but could have used a bit more traction (my shoes are cheap+recreational), especially at the top. A great all season hike with impeccable 360 degree views. Definitely recommended.
You could not find a more worthwhile strenuous hike. We snowshoed this today. The best view I've seen in VT so far. Some technical skills required, at least in the winter.
This trial is well marked. Beautiful views from the top of Camels hump, and Mt. Mansfield. Foliage was peak in the valleys when we hiked it. It was a great beginner trail with lots of techinical hiking. I would recommend it.
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