Snowshoe Routes: New England
This flat, easy hike off the scenic Kancamagus Highway is one of the most popular trails in the White Mountain National Forest. We avoid it in fall and summer, when the route is clogged with tourists and day hikers, and offers little of the peace and serenity we expect to find in the mountains and woods. But when the mercury drops, fair-weather visitors leave the area and hiking the trail becomes bearable again. Even in the dead of winter, you won’t have the path to yourself it’s a popular cross-country route, too. But it’s a fine walk in the woods, along the roaring East Branch of the Pemigewasset River, to icy ponds and frozen waterfalls.
The trail also provides access to a spiderweb of other trails leading into the Pemigewasset Wildemess, one of the largest roadless areas in the eastern United States. Want to try your hand at winter camping? Easy-to-access, low-elevation sites along the Wilderness Trail (the Lincoln Trail turns into the Wilderness Trail as it enters the Pemigewasset Wildemess) are some of the finest spots for first-time and veteran winter campers.