It's summer, and time to get out on the trails
Will this be the summer you check a few more White Mountain 4,000 footers off your list? Or, join a guided hike, a naturalist-led interpretive program or an outdoor skills workshop?
AMC's system of eight backcountry huts is now open for the full-service season, and overnight guests (with advance registration) and day visitors are welcome. Historical note: Carter Notch Hut, the easternmost in the system, marks its 100th anniversary this year.
With the warmer weather comes the blooming of several species of alpine flowers that flourish above treeline in the White Mountains. Naturalist-led alpine zone hikes are scheduled that are designed to get hikers into the outdoors along with experienced naturalists who can provide insight into the unique flora and fauna in the land above treeline.
Information on logistics and fees is available at 466-2727.
Hikers seeking to map out their own route for a self-guided hike in the Whites can do so via the White Mountain Guide Online, which can be used to create custom itineraries. A 5-day free trial to this 24-7 online service can be accessed at wmgonline.org.
Rob Burbank is Director of Media and Public Affairs for the Appalachian Mountain Club (outdoors.org) in Pinkham Notch. His column, "Outdoors with the AMC," appears monthly in the New Hampshire Sunday News.
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