Appalachian Trail

Beautiful … Bold … Beloved

Men & Women’s Hiking & Backpacking 

Saturday, August 25th – Saturday, Sept. 1st 

White Mountains of New Hampshire

$490.00pp


The Appalachian Trail is beautiful, bold and beloved.  She travels 2,190 miles traversing fourteen states from Georgia to Maine, calling and teasing those who would dare to walk on her footpath.

The state of New Hampshire proudly claims 161 of those miles…from mountainous hardwood forests to majestic alpine peaks, she boasts of breathtaking views, clear mountain lakes and streams and abundant wildlife.  

The White Mountains, a mountain range covering about a quarter of the state, were once called the “Crystal Hills” by the early settlers due to their granite faces that reflected sunlight in the valley below.   For 105.4 miles, those who travel upon the Appalachian Trail are awestruck by the beauty and grandeur of the White Mountains of New Hampshire and Maine.

This week long adventure in the White Mountains is full of mountain climbing, brook crossings, day hiking, rock scrambling, backpacking, peak bagging, endurance building, confidence soaring, wildflower searching, Hut resting, root stumbling (hope not), safety awareness, friendships blossoming….home-cooked meal eating and so much more!

Check out the details about this fabulous trip below!

Day Hiking 

Franconia Range 

Presidential Range 


The Franconia Range ~ 9.0 mile loop ~ Elevation gain to Mt Lafayette is 3,850′ ~ Estimated time is 7.0 hours to complete.

The Franconia Range boasts some of the highest peaks within the White Mountains…we will be traversing four of them on this day hike.  Through northern hardwoods and yellow birch, red spruce, balsam fir and Canadian hemlock we will hike over the summits of Little Haystack (4,760′), Mt Lincoln (5,089′), Mt Truman (5,030′), and Mt Lafayette (5,260′), known as the Franconia Ridge. 

Departing from the Lafayette Place parking area in Franconia Notch State Park, our hike begins and ends at the trailhead of the Falling Waters Trail.  Crossing several brooks on rocks, as we ascend the south bank to Stairs Falls, we pass by some overhanging rocks (Sawtooth Ledges), cross smooth rock slabs, ascend past boulders to Swiftwater Falls, a beautiful 60′ cascade.  Beyond, the trail continues on some switchbacks and along an old, gravelly logging road to the bottom of  Cloudland Falls…looking up at the 80′ cascade, preparing for the final steep ascent to Franconia Ridge through boreal forest.  Spruce and fir trees gradually become shorter, hinting that treeline is not far ahead.  Falling Waters Trail ends at the Franconia Ridge Trail at the summit of Little Haystack Mountain.  We have hiked 3.4 miles of this journey. 

For the next 1.6 miles, The Franconia Ridge Trail, part of the Appalachian Trail, is above treeline with spectacular views in every direction.  It is completely exposed to the elements…

With the use of cairns (piles of stones used to mark trails) as our guide, the trail is easy to follow.  The trail takes us up and over Mount Lincoln, down a col between Mounts Lincoln and Lafayette, and finally up to the summit of Lafayette, which at 5,260 feet is the high point of this hike and 5.0 mile from the trailhead.  Franconia Ridge Trail ends at the summit of Mount Lafayette, near the foundation of the old hotel that used to stand there.

From Mount Lafayette we descend to the west at a moderately steep grade, via the Greenleaf Trail making our way to the Greenleaf Hut, 1.1 miles from the summit.  This Hut is an ideal place to take a break, enjoy the views, get some refreshments and use the restroom.  

From Greenleaf Hut, we continue our descent on Old Bridle Path. At 7.4 miles into the hike (1.3 miles from Greenleaf Hut), the trail descends some stone steps.  At about 8.1 miles, we approach the edge of the ravine of Walker Brook.  The trail continues to descend and reaches the junction with Falling Waters Trail along Walker Brook at 8.8 miles.  We will continue straight to our vehicles, 2.9 miles from Greenleaf Hut ,to complete our adventurous day of this 9.0 mile loop.

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The Presidential Range ~ 6.6 miles round trip ~ Elevation gain is 2,750′ ~ Estimated time is 6.0 hours to complete.

The Presidential Range contain the highest peaks of the Whites. These mountains are named for several of the U.S. presidents, with the tallest being Mt Washington (6,288′), named for the first president.  On this day hike we will climb Mt Eisenhower, named after Dwight D. Eisenhower our 34th president.

This out and back hike of 6.6 miles begins on the Edmands Path, a trail which J. Rayner Edmands, a popular trail builder, re-constructed from an existing route in the early part of the twentieth century.  His style of trail building was to make the trail as easy on the hiker as possible, with well-graded pitches, carefully placed stones, and lots of switchbacks.  The Edmands Path is one of the most gentle trails to a 4,000-footer in the White Mountains.  This is not to say that it is a walk in the park.  You need to ascend more than 2,700 feet, and the upper part of the trail in now rocky due to erosion.  

The Edmands Path ends at Mount Eisenhower Loop at 2.9 miles. With a turn onto the loop we have a final 0.4 mile (300 feet), to the summit with incredible 360 degree views…on a clear day!  We will then retrace our steps to return to the trailhead.

Backpacking

Mount Moosilauke ~ Kinsman Peaks 

Three Days/Two Nights ~ 24.4 miles                   


Known as the “Gentle Giant”, Moosilauke rises 4,802′ and is nestled within the Kinsman Range at the southwestern end of the White Mountains.  The summit is above tree line and offers magnificent 360 degree panoramic views.  On our first day out we will traverse three mountains that reach over 4,000′ … South Peak (4,523), Moosilauke (4,802), and Mt Blue (4,529), hiking 8 miles to the Beaver Brook Shelter where we will tent the first night.

Beaver Brook Shelter rests high on the east shoulder of Mt Blue.  It accommodates 8 and has two 4-person tent pads.  A good water source is located just past the shelter.  This site has a composting privy.

Our day 2 begins with a steep decent.  The trail parallels Beaver Brook and the Beaver Brook Cascades. Wooden steps and exposed rock with plenty of metal rungs to hold onto, this portion of the trail can be challenging but fun.  We will cover 9 miles as we continue north toward the Eliza Brook Shelter.  

Between Mt Wolf and South Kinsman, the Eliza Brook Shelter sleeps 8, offers 2 hardened tent pads, a composting privy, and a metal food box.

For the first mile or so of day 3, the trail follows a long series of cascades and waterfalls along the Eliza Brook.  The tread way through this section weaves its way from well groomed trail to heavily gnarled roots.  An adventure awaits for all!  We will soon reach the South and North Kinsman Peaks…both 4,000 footers.  

On our decent down we will stop and rest at the Lonesome Lake Hut where baked goods and hot drinks can be purchased and where there is also a restroom available.  This AMC (Appalachian Mountain Club) hut started out in 1876 as a fishing camp on the Lonesome Lake.  Purchased in 1929 by the state of NH, it is now a popular shelter where hikers can reserve an overnight bunk.  With spectacular views of the Franconia Ridge across a pristine glacial lake, this hut offers big mountain scenery!  

After our stop at the Hut, we will continue down to the Lafayette Campground hiking a total of 7.4 miles to where our cars will be parked ending our awesome backpacking trip. 

Lodging 

Bethlehem, New Hampshire

 Check In – 3:00pm ~ Check Out 10:00am


This simple, quaint, fully supplied, spotlessly clean, New Hampshire country home will have everything you need. Private spring-fed pond on 24-acre property incredible for swimming in summer. Close to all amenities (food markets in town, larger stores 20 minutes away in Littleton).

  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7 (men & women will be in separate rooms) 
  • Bedroom 1 – 1 king (2 women will share the bed)
    Bedroom 2 – 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 – 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 – 1 double , 1 twin/ single
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 – toilet , combination tub/shower , First Floor
    Bathroom 2 – toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub, Second floor  

This house is supplied with internet, washer & dryer, fireplace, private pond with boat, heating and air, hair dryers, iron & board, full kitchen, TV, towels & linens, parking. 

Itinerary 

All hikes, trails, duration, difficulty, schedule, backpacking, itinerary and such is subject to change due to unforeseen weather, situations or mishaps.  Flexibility is important…


This is a detailed description of our 8 day/7 night trip together…

Saturday, August 25th

Arrival ~ 3:00pm (Address of the home to be given at a later date once the participant has signed up for the course).

Grocery Store Outing ~ 4:00pm (Everyone is responsible for their own foods during the week for hikes & backpacking excursions with the exception of Saturday evenings dinner).  There are grocery stores in the nearby towns of Bethlehem & Littleton, NH.

Dinner ~  6:00pm ~ We welcome our guests by offering a home-cooked meal prepared especially for you.  Time to unwind and relax for the day.

Discussion on Safety, Maps, Routes, and more ~ 7:00pm

Sunday, August 26th

Day Hike ~ Mt Eisenhower ~ 6.6 mile out & back (We will be getting a early start for all of our hikes, time to be determined).

Discussion on Maps, Routes, and more ~ 7:00pm

Monday August 27th ~ Wednesday, August 29th

Backpacking Trip ~ 3 days/2 nights ~ Approximately 24 miles

Shuttle Pick-Up at Lafayette Campground ~ 7:00am (We will park and leave our cars at this location for the duration of the backpacking trip) 

Boots on the Appalachian Trail ~ 8:00am (Our shuttle driver will drive us over to Rt 25 near Glencliff, NH.  We will then hike  back to our cars on Rt 93, Lafayette Campground).

Thursday, August 30th

Zero Day ~ Re-supply ~ Mystery Mountain (Time to wash laundry, re-supply and rest…for anyone interested we will plan a short excursion to a local attraction or mountain).

Discussion on Maps, Routes, and more ~ 7:00pm

Friday, August 31st

Day Hike ~ Franconia Ridge ~ 9.0 mile loop (We will park our cars at the Lafayette Campground at the trailhead).

Saturday, September 1st 

Departure ~ 10:00am

Reservation Expectations

Included & Not Included with your reservation


Your week adventure includes the following…

  • Professional guides
  • Lodging ~ in a private home
  • Saturday evening ~ home-cooked meal
  • Shuttle ~ for the backpacking trip only
  • Parking passes & permits
  • AT Guide & White Mountain Guide trip pages
  • Workshops ~ survival, safety & shelters 

Your week adventure does not include the following…

Lead Guide 

As your hike leader, Yvonne will assure everyone’s safety and comfort as her main priority.  She is certified in Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, CPR & AED.

– Yvonne Entingh

Co-Guide 

Ben’s passion for the outdoors has lead him to become an avid backpacking & hike leader . Safety, fun & adventure is his zeal for other’s.  Certified in Wilderness First Aid, CPR & AED. 

– Ben Kendrick

Refund Policy

A Time To Keep reserves the right to cancel trips.  A Time To Keep is not responsible for additional expenses incurred by preparing for the trip (for example: non-refundable advance purchase air tickets, clothing, equipment, car rentals, medical expenses, etc.).

  • More than 60 days prior to the trip start date, we will grant you a full refund less a $100 per person administrative fee.
  • Between 59 and 30 days prior to the trip start date, we will retain 50 percent of the trip cost.
  • Less than 30 days prior to the trip start date, or once the trip has begun, there will be no refund.

Reservations

Cost for this week of adventure in the White Mountains…

$490.00pp          

The Hike Safe Card

Search & rescue is costly…I highly recommend The Hike Safe Card which can be purchased through the site given below.  

The cost is $25.00pp.

http://hikesafe.com/index.php

 

Forms

 

Application & Medical Form

Getting the Most Out of Your Adventure Form

Upon registration, please read, fill out and return the following 2 forms to…

yvonne.entingh@gmail.com

Application & Medical Form A Time To Keep

ATTKeep Getting the Most…

 

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