Alpha Guide: Hiking The Devil’s Path

Not for the faint of heart, the Catskills’ most notorious trail is rugged, wild, and just as challenging as it is rewarding. Point blank, the Devil’s Path is hard. In its 25 miles, this hike gains over 8,500 feet in elevation while running over some of the roughest terrain in the Northeast. The five Catskill high peaks it traverses—Indian Head, Twin, Sugarloaf, Plateau, and West Kill...

Alpha Guide: Hiking Hurricane Mountain

With a breathtaking trail and 360-degree views from the summit, this fire tower hike and sub-4,000-footer can rival any other peak in the Adirondacks. With a moderately short hiking distance and elevation gain, and a trail that traverses various diverse ecosystems, you’ll be in awe nearly every step of the way up Hurricane Mountain’s southern access trail. While the summit itself only...

Alpha Guide: Skiing the Whiteface Auto Road

A staple winter outing for cross-country and backcountry skiers in the Adirondacks, Whiteface's Toll Road offers ease of access, a long route, and a large ascent, making it a great objective for those being introduced to backcountry skiing and for those looking to maintain their fitness for bigger objectives. The Whiteface Veterans' Memorial Highway is a five-mile stretch of paved road...

Alpha Guide: The Carter Range Traverse

Challenging terrain, breathtaking views, and the summits of six New Hampshire 4,000-footers combine to make the Carter Range Traverse one of the best backpacking trips in the White Mountains. Rugged but weather-protected terrain, fantastic views of Mount Washington and the northern Presidentials, a multiplicity of camping options, all without the crowds of some of New Hampshire’s better-known...

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Alpha Guide: The Northeast Ridge of the Pinnacle Alpha Guide: Mount Greylock’s Thunderbolt Trail Alpha Guide: The Dix Range Traverse Alpha Guide: The Seven Carries Canoe Route

Alpha Guide: The Northeast Ridge of the Pinnacle

The Northeast Ridge of the Pinnacle offers moderate climbing in an incredible setting on one of the Northeast’s most iconic mountains. Break away from hopeful summiteers on the Lion Head and Tuckerman Ravine Trails and head to Huntington Ravine and the Northeast Ridge of the Pinnacle to find relative seclusion on one of the region’s busiest mountains. This must-do moderate alpine climb on...

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...