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White Mountain National FOrest

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Mount Washington hike, ski

Difficulty: 5/5

Why: Path to the hut on the Tuckerman's Ravine trail is fairly average with proper gear, but path up the ravine in the winter is extremely technical and dangerous – especially is less than ideal weather. Not recommended for non-expert hikers/skiers. 

The Good: Great experience with great skiing lines 

The Bad:  Weather in the ravine could get extremely windy (we never ventured up the ravine because of this), potential for avalanches, falls, frostbite, the list goes on.

Parking: Joe Dodge Lodge 44.2572° N, 71.2536° W

 
 

mount washington hike

Difficulty: 4/5 

Why: Leading up to the ravine is rocky and mildly steep but about 2/5, however, leading up the ravine can be dangerous because of technical features and cliffs

The Good: Fairly short for a major hike. Beautiful hike with ever-changing terrain and wild views along the way.

The Bad:  Very technical, cliffs, and ever-changing weather can make anyone unprepared. EX: storms, temperature (bottom could be 70, but the top could be 35).

Parking: Joe Dodge Lodge 44.2572° N, 71.2536° W

Mileage: 8.4

 
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Harriman State Park

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Appalachian trail hike

Difficulty: 1/5

Why: No technical features on the part of the trail we hiked. Few inclines.

The Good: Meeting thru-hikers, experience of hiking part of the trail

The Bad:  No true views on this leg of the trail.

 
 
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Pine Meadow hike

Difficulty: 1/5

Why: Casual path with no technical features

The Good: Beautiful lake view at the end of the hike, especially to the left side of the main area

The Bad:  Extremely popular hike, so parking can be dicey and the trail itself is populated

Parking: N41 10.447 W74 10.117 

Miles: 4

 
 

Breakneck Mountain hike

Difficulty: 1/5

Why: Casual path with average rollercoaster inclines.

The Good: A few great landscape changes throughout the hike, with a nice view at the top.

The Bad:  Path to get there can get confusing, especially if you are looking to loop back.

Parking: 41.185126, -74.073896

Mileage: 6

 
 
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Bald Rocks hike

Difficulty: 1/5

Why: Rocky path with average steep inclines

The Good: Multiple landscape changes with almost immediate beautiful views.

The Bad:  Average foot traffic, especially on the RED/WHITE blaze trail.

MIleage: 3

 
 
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Reeves Brook hike

Difficulty: 1.5/5

Why: Subtle inclines with one steep part towards the end

The Good: Beautiful rives, waterfalls along the way. Quiet trail and a rewarding view

The Bad:  Parking area is one of the busiest parts of the park

Mileage: 3

 
 
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Silvermine Lake hike

Difficulty: 1/5

Why: Easy loop with lake views, not very rocky

The Good: Pretty views of the lake and an easy hike when you don't have a ton of time. Also has an abandoned ski area that is great for touring in the winter.

The Bad:  Heavy ticks in the Spring and a bit populated.

Mileage: 2.8

Parking: 41.295172, -74.059632

 
 
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Lake Skenonto Hike

Difficulty: 2/5

Why: Easy loop with a lake payoff

The Good: Vast change in landscape along the way with a beautiful lake along the way

The Bad:  A bit of rocky incline, but completely manageable

Mileage: 5

Parking: 41.23031, -74.13993

 
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Diamond Mountain Hike

Difficulty: 2/5

Why: Easy loop with a lake payoff, some scrambling

The Good: Relatively easy with a few scrambles, great views and a lake

The Bad:  A bit of rocky incline, but manageable

Mileage: 4.8

 
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Ski Trail Near Sebago Lake

Difficulty: 2.5/5

Why: Easy loop but crags make it difficult to navigate

The Good: Easy route with a lot of glacial erratics

The Bad:  Not clearly marked

Mileage: 2.5

 
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Shawangunk Ridge Area

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Under/Over Cliff hike

Difficulty: 1/5

Why: A few rocky inclines, especially as you make your way up the cliff 

The Good: Great views at the top, and if you take undercliff on the way back, you can watch the climbers 

The Bad:  Pretty populated hike, so you won’t have the trail to yourself

West Trapps Trailhead: 41.7374° N, 74.1973° W

 
 

lemon squeeze hike

Difficulty: 2/5

Why: Very rocky intro into Lemon squeeze, with a pretty technical climb through the lemon squeeze itself. There are ladders, but you will have to use all limbs to wiggle through. 

The Good: Great experience with little risk. Great view at the top.

The Bad:  The squeeze itself is pretty tight (Tom could barely fit through!), so if you have any type of claustrophobia, it is not recommended.

West Trapps Trailhead: 41.7374° N, 74.1973° W (for a shorter trail, park at Mohonk Mountain House. Access is pricer from here, however)

 
 

labyrinth hike

Difficulty: 2/5

Why: Semi-technical scramble with ladders, requires being on all fours and squeezing through tight, dark spaces 

The Good: A lot of fun to maneuver in and out of the rock scrambles

The Bad:  Requires maneuvering through extremely tight spaces and using ladders over rock spaces. Fall height is very small, but claustrophobia could be an issue

West Trapps Trailhead: 41.7374° N, 74.1973° W (for a shorter trail, park at Mohonk Mountain House. Access is pricer from here, however)

 
 

Minnewaska State Park biking

Difficulty: 2/5

Why: A few tough, rocky inclines via bike

The Good: A lot of great turn offs including lakes and views 

The Bad:  It's a pretty crowded area, so you won't have the trail to yourself

Trailhead:  41.735149 |  -74.239037

 
 

Sam's Point Preserve Hiking to Maratanza Lake

Difficulty: 1/5

Why: A simple loop to the lake and back

The Good: Great views and a phenomenal lake

The Bad:  It's not a challenge, but it's certainly relaxing!

Trailhead:  41.6704° N, 74.3616° W

 
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Adirondack State park

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Indian Head Hike

Difficulty: 1/5

Why: The majority of the hike is on a dirt road. When you enter the forest, the path is rocky, but not technical.

The Good: The view of Ausable Lake from Indian Head is incredible. 

The Bad:  You have to take a dirt path for miles until you start the real hike.

Mileage: An easy 10.2

 
 
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Indian Lake cliff jumping/ kayaking

Difficulty: 1/5

Why: It's a long way across the lake!

The Good: Beautiful lake with nice side cliffs. Multiple opportunities to cliff jump.

The Bad:  Have to access the lake from marina launches.

 
 

Pillsbury Mountain hike

Difficulty: 2/5

Why: Steep inclines so it is a breath taker and exhausting. It is very rocky, but not seriously technical

The Good: Nice taste of the rocky Adirondacks with a fire tower at the top.

The Bad:  No real views from the top, unless you are game for climbing the fire tower.

Mileage: 3.2

 
 

cascade and porter Mountain hike

Difficulty: 2/5

Why: Steep inclines and very rocky, but not seriously technical

The Good: Hit two of the Adirondack high peaks in one hike! The at the rocky top of Cascade are incredible.

The Bad:  Your typical rocky Adirondack hike, so get ready!

Mileage: 6.2

 
 
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rodgers rock hike

Difficulty: 2/5

Why: Casual path with one technical area incline that requires you to be on all fours

The Good: Big reward for short effort. Incredible views of lake George with multiple vantage points.

The Bad:  The one technical area mentioned is a bit difficult for a beginning hiker, but little risk as it is not cliff side.

Mileage: 4 - with a short distance of this inside the Rodgers Rock campground

 
 
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giant Mountain hike

Difficulty: 2/5

Why: Extremely rocky Adirondack hike, with long “sidewalk” inclines 

The Good: Amazing views scattered throughout the entire hike thanks to the multiple rock faces

The Bad: It can get fairy exhausting quickly, so it may discourage beginners

Mileage: 5.2

 
 
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Marcy Dam hike

Difficulty: 1/5

Why: Very little incline or technical features to and from Marcy Dam

The Good: Expansive and beautiful views at Marcy Dam. Great for a quick hike.

The Bad: Not very challenging

Mileage: 4

 
 
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Big Slide hike

Difficulty: 3/5 (with snow)

Why: Intense incline throughout the hike, very rocky/technical

The Good: You'll see multiple great views on the "brothers" along the way up, along with a stunning views of multiple peaks including Dix, Wolfjaw, Gothics and Marcy at the top.

The Bad: This is a pretty challenging hike the whole time through, especially when there is still snow cover. 

Mileage: 8

 
 
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PHelps Mountain hike

Difficulty: 3/5 

Why: Easy start, the last mile is very rocky, technical, steep

The Good: While we didn't get a great view due to weather, you will get views from Marcy Dam and a nice view at the top

The Bad: The last mile is pretty taxing, and weaves you around a lot at the top.

Mileage: 8+

 
 
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Panther Mountain hike

Difficulty: 2/5 

Why: Easy start, with a more steady incline closer to the top

The Good: Quick route with a great view payoff

The Bad: A little steep towards the top, and very highly trafficked 

Mileage: 1.2

 
 

Crane Mountain hike

Difficulty: 3.5/5 

Why: Difficult start, with a more steady route on the descent 

The Good: Quick route up with a great view and mountain lake payoff

The Bad: Very steep on the way up

Mileage: 3.2

 
 

Snowy Mountain hike

Difficulty: 3/5 

Why: Easy start, with the mountain really beginning with a mile left 

The Good: Great peak views with a fire tower

The Bad: The last mile on the ascent is a bit steep, and it is highly trafficked

Mileage: 7.8

 
 

 Kayaking on Mason LA

About: A fairly isolated lake with great views and areas to explore

 
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Avalanche Lake hike

Difficulty: 3/5 

Why: Fairly flat to the Lake, with a bit more technical rocks and ladders

The Good: Beautiful fjord-like lake

The Bad: The route around the lake is a bit technical, and not easy for pups!

Mileage: 10.1

 
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Algonquin Mountain hike

Difficulty: 4/5 

Why: Tough incline and long route

The Good: Amazing views of Marcy and Colden from the peak

The Bad: Rocky, technical ascent and long route (if doing the loop)

Mileage: 12

 
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vermont

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Lake Willoughby

Difficulty: 0/5

Why: No hiking required!

The Good: Beautiful, Norway-like lake with a secret nude beach for extra fun.

The Bad:  It is right along the road – so it can get quite crowded.

 
 

Brandon Gap Backcountry Skiing

Difficulty: 3/5

Why: Requires skins/snowshoes for hiking up the backcountry areas. While the trails down have been thinned out, it is still challenging for intermediate skiers

The Good: Well marked and maintained by RASTA with great trails down the mountain

The Bad:  It is well visited – but there are many areas of Brandon Gap maintained by RASTA to help share the love.

 
 
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Mt. Mansfield Hike

Difficulty: 2/5

Why: Requires some technical ability, especially if you take Long-Profanity Trail. The last portion has a steep incline just below the summit that may be a bit scary for new hikers.

The Good: Beautiful views from the summit, every-changing terrain.

The Bad:  It is well visited – but the Long-Profanity trail was a bit less traveled.

 
 

Mt. GLEbe Backcountry skiing

Difficulty: 2/5

Why: If you take the middle trail up this old ski mountain you'll have a few steep uphills, but with some relief along the way at it is a rolling trail.

The Good: After a good snow, the open fields of power are a welcomed experience.

The Bad:  None to report! The land is open for touring thanks to the owner. But it is important to both park in the parking lot and take out everything you take in. Overall, just be respectful to the land!

 

Jamaica State Park Camping

We are a huge fan of this campsite. The sites are clean and beautiful, and it is close to multiple watering holes and hikes. Check out our blog post to see a few things you can do in the area.

 
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New Jersey

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Stokes State forest Camping

For us, Stokes State Park was not only a beautiful area, but it is a good place for a night out in the woods. There are not only tent campsites, but also leanto's which are good for a hybrid experience. There are signs everywhere that you are in Bear country - but we are happy to report we saw not one.

 
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Monksville Reservoir Kayaking 

Monksville is one of our favorite spots in northern NJ for kayaking. The launch is large, the parking is ample and the reservoir itself is expansive and has mountainous views all around. If you're looking for a day out on the water, this is a great place to start.

 
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Chikahoki Falls - Norvin Green State Forest

Difficulty: 1/5

Why: Easy, rolling trail - short route

The Good: Great waterfall and swimming hole for pups

The Bad: Not a great swimming hole for humans as it is a bit dirty 

TrailheadN41 04.192 W74 19.303

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Bearfort ridge to surprise lake

Difficulty: 1/5

Why: Easy, rolling trail - option for long or short route

The Good: Easy hike with beautiful forest and a wilderness lake

The Bad: No challenge here!

Miles: 5.4 to Surprise Lake and back  (with a 6 mile loop option)

TrailheadN41 09.343 W74 21.764

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Wawayanda State Park Kayaking 

Wawayanda Lake inside the State Park is a unique, yet crowded lake in northern NJ. If you are looking for a quiet lake to relax, this isn't your spot - but if you are looking to rent a boat to get out on on the water - this is perfect for you!

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