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...

Alpha Guide: Mount Colden’s Trap Dike in Winter

Mild technical climbing, remote and rugged terrain, and spectacular Adirondack High Peak views make the Trap Dike a classic Northeast winter ascent. Climbing the Trap Dike in winter—a great route for climbers looking for an adventure in a more remote, alpine setting—makes for an unforgettable experience. The approach is mellow but long, and the climb is technically simple yet committing....

Alpha Guide: Franconia Ridge in Winter

Take on one of the Northeast’s most stunning ridgelines while tagging two of New Hampshire’s 10 tallest mountains. A true classic, this winter hike crosses one of the White Mountains’ most prominent features, Franconia Ridge; delivers moderate climbing that doesn’t require the use of an ice axe; and features a roughly 1.5-mile above-treeline ridge run between Little Haystack and Mount...

Alpha Guide: Cadillac Mountain’s South Ridge Trail

Go way east and take in one of Maine's rugged coastal peaks during this staple Acadia hike.  At 1,530 feet, Cadillac is the tallest mountain on the United States’ Atlantic coastline, offering incredible views of Maine’s rugged seashore from the top. If you want to be among the first people in the continental United States to see the sunrise, there is no better place to view it than from...

Alpha Guide: Camel’s Hump via the Burrows Trail

Climb to one of Vermont's most imposing, rugged alpine summits in just a day or less.  Looming over Interstate 89, Camel’s Hump draws thousands of hikers every year to its undeveloped, alpine summit. At just under five miles and gaining roughly 2,500 feet in elevation, the Burrows Trail is a great way to hike Vermont’s third tallest peak. It delivers everything you would expect to find...

Alpha Guide: Mount Marcy via the Van Hoevenberg Trail

Towering over New York State at a cloud-splitting 5,344 feet, Mount Marcy is a breathtaking Northeast peak and an iconic wilderness hike. Climbing Mount Marcy is a rite of passage for many area hikers, whether it’s a personal goal on its own or a small piece of the pursuit to become an Adirondack 46er. Beginning from the High Peaks Information Center (HPIC) at the serene Heart Lake, this...