Alpha Guide: Mount Greylock’s Thunderbolt Trail

Steep, short, and scenic—a hike to Mount Greylock’s summit via the Thunderbolt Trail is the most direct way to the highest point in Massachusetts. Hiking to the summit of Mount Greylock via the Thunderbolt Trail takes you through some of the East Coast’s most hallowed ski terrain and across the rugged Appalachian Trail, and is the steepest and shortest route to the highest point in...

Alpha Guide: The Dix Range Traverse

Traversing five High Peaks with awe-inspiring views nestled deep in the Adirondack wilderness, the Dix Range beckons to those hikers with an adventurous spirit and passion for a challenge. Given its unique terrain, true wilderness atmosphere, and marvelous scenery, the Dix Range is a common favorite among many Adirondack hikers. Beginning from the Elk Lake Trailhead, the difficult, 14.8-mile hike...

Alpha Guide: The Seven Carries Canoe Route

Follow in the footsteps and paddle strokes of guideboats and their passengers through some of the Adirondacks' most pristine and historic wilderness lakes. The Adirondacks' St. Regis Canoe Area includes some of the Northeast's most pristine paddling opportunities. Enough waterways and canoe carries connect this massive expanse of lakes, letting paddlers explore and enjoy them for days on end....

Alpha Guide: Day Hiking Mount Washington

  The region's tallest peak, Mount Washington is a prize of the Northeast and one that can be climbed over and over by numerous different routes.  A long and notable history, the distinction of being New Hampshire’s tallest peak, and a reputation for being the “home of the world’s worst weather” are just a few reasons Mount Washington tops many peakbaggers’ lists. And, with...

Alpha Guide: Mount Monadnock’s White Dot & White Cross Trails

No American mountain has been climbed by more people than this southern New Hampshire classic, and for good reason.  Mount Monadnock has many distinctions. It’s the second-most climbed mountain in the world, it’s one of only 13 mountains on the list of National Natural Landmarks, and its summit is the only place where it’s possible to see all six New England states at once. On this...

Alpha Guide: Mount Mansfield

Hike up Vermont's tallest peak, scramble along an alpine ridge, and bask in 360-degree views, all on an ascent of Mount Mansfield via a section of the Long Trail, the U.S.'s oldest long-distance hiking trail. The Green Mountain State delivers on this must-do hike up one of the state's five 4,000-footers. A roughly five-mile out-and-back trip along Vermont's most-famous footpath, the Long Trail,...

Alpha Guide: MacIntyre Range in Winter

Get views for days on this three-peak traverse that includes the Adirondacks' second-tallest. The MacIntyre Range has it all: stiff climbs, a frozen waterfall, scrambling, and more than enough incredible views to keep you enjoying it from the second you step on the trail to the moment you return to the parking lot. While it's certainly not the longest hike out there, the elevation gain you’ll...

Alpha Guide: Mount Washington via the Lion Head Winter Route

Take on a genuine mountaineering challenge by going for a winter ascent on the Northeast's tallest peak.  Mount Washington is the pinnacle of winter mountaineering in the Northeast, and the Lion Head Winter Route is the trail of choice for many looking to summit this iconic mountain. Although this is the least technical way to summit the “Rock Pile,” mountaineers will be challenged by...

Alpha Guide: Ice Climb Shoestring Gully

Easily accessible alpine-style climbing at a modest grade and in an amazing setting make Shoestring Gully a must-do climb for ice climbers of all levels. An ascent of Shoestring Gully in New Hampshire’s Crawford Notch is a rite of passage for aspiring ice climbers in the Northeast. Offering 2,500 feet of varied climbing, an incredible view of Crawford Notch, and an alpine feel without the...

Alpha Guide: Skiing in Tuckerman Ravine

Who says the East doesn't have bigtime, open backcountry skiing? A classic not just among Northeast skiers, Tuckerman Ravine is a serious challenge for all skiers and boarders. “Skiing Tucks” is a rite of passage for almost every East Coast skier. The glacial cirque offers some of the best terrain east of the Mississippi, with high alpine conditions, steep chutes, and cozy gullies. The...