Four days, Six hikes

I had the wonderful opportunity to spend three nights at the beautiful and historic Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, NH, in the heart of the White Mountains and in full view of the Presidential Range.  I took a few photos of the resort and its view.

Mt. Washington Hotel and Presies
Mt. Washington Hotel and Presidential Range

Although I was there for an office retreat, I took advantage of the free time before breakfast, and before dinner, to enjoy six short hikes around the area. On top of my longer hike to Mount Ellen on Sunday, it’s been a 30.3-mile week.  You can view all photos, in roughly reverse order, or check out each hike below.

  • Tue PM: Mount Hale [photos] 4.4mi
  • Wed AM: Mount Willard [photos] 3.2mi
  • Wed PM: Ammonoosic River [photos] 3.0mi
  • Thu AM: Sugarloaf mountains [photos] 3.2mi
  • Fri AM: Mount Oscar [photos] ~3mi
  • Fri PM: Arethusa Falls and Frankenstein Cliffs [photos] 5.1mi

Although these are small peaks – only Mount Hale counts as a 4000’er – most of them have great views. Indeed, only Mount Hale had no view at all. My favorites were Willard, Sugarloaf, and Ammonosic Upper Falls and Arethusa Falls. On Mount Oscar (the top of Bretton Woods ski area) I had views west at Mount Hale and the Sugarloafs, and east to a glorious sunrise over Mount Washington. I also found that early mornings are great for spotting wildlife – a large turkey on the Willard trail and a bear cub near the Sugarloafs. What a great week!

David on Frankenstein Cliffs
David on Frankenstein Cliffs

Author: dfkotz

David Kotz is an outdoor enthusiast, traveller, husband, and father of three. He is also a Professor of Computer Science at Dartmouth College.

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