Hiking the Stratton Pond Loop [Video]

An overnight hiking trip that took us into the beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont where the Appalachian Trail meets up with the Long Trail. This loop takes you up to the summit of Stratton Mountain and ends by a pristine lake at the base on the back side. Lakeside camping is the gem of this route. Bluebird day for the entire hike and couldn’t ask for more than pepperoni over the fire… am I right?!

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Hiking the Franconia Ridge

44°09′39″N 71°38′40″W One of the most rigorous, yet beautiful, hikes in the Northeast, and absolutely worth it for the views. Located in the beautiful town of Franconia, NH, Mount Lafayette was easily accessible from Route 93 which runs through the Franconia notch between Franconia Ridge and Cannon Mountain. After a late start to the morning, we finally made it to the parking lot around 11:30AM. We knew that this was going to take 6-7 hours, which meant daylight was going to be scarce by the time we reached the bottom. Our plan was to knock off Lafayette, Lincoln, and Little Haystack …

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Mount Washington Hike: Tallest in the Northeast

Mount Washington was not only my first experience in camping, but it was also my first real experience in hiking mountains. Sure, I’ve walked around in the hills of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, but those don’t even compare to the ones in Vermont and New Hampshire. In the middle of the night, we finally arrived at Dolly Copp Campground. With no cell service, it took us an hour to find our campsite in the dark where all our friends had already arrived. The whole camping thing was a brand new experience to me, but we were far from roughing it. …

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