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...

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,...