recommended hiking between NYC + Montreal + Boston ?
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Oct 22, 2012 3:42 PM Last Post By: livmakinson
Sep 13, 2012 12:25 PM
I have 5 days free ( in early october ) to do some hiking on my way from NYC to Montreal.
Does anyone know any good hiking trails to recommend ?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
I will also have another 5 to 7 days whilst travelling between Montreal + Boston ( also early october ).
Thanks in advance,
Sep 13, 2012 12:53 PM
1I've done a lot of hiking but little or none in that area. all I can tell you is there are some hikes on my "bucket list" that area.
#1 Breakneck Ridge Trail. A tough majestically beautiful hike on a rocky ridge overlooking the Hudson River. http://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail.aspx?trailid=HGN094-065 consistently ranked the #1 hike in America by trails.com
#2 Bear Mountain. I actually took this hike in an out-and back format from the lake. I found it rigorous but a little short, and intensely gratifying. From what I've heard the "right way" do do it is to take an all day or overnight loop version of the trail I took.
#3 Adirondack high peaks.
There are ummm . . . 46 of them if I recall. Obviously you can't do all 46 in 5-day trip, but pick one or two and enjoy.
Hee hee hee, the Mecca of North American hiking.
Sep 13, 2012 12:58 PM
Sep 13, 2012 1:51 PM
3There are also popular trails in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, including near the well-known and impressive Mt Washington. Franconia Ridge is very popular ... see here.
Sep 13, 2012 5:16 PM
Sep 13, 2012 7:20 PM
5The Devil's Path in the Catskills is really good.
And, as mentioned above .... the Adirondacks...... Mount Marcy highest peak in NY State (which I just hiked a couple of weeks ago), but plenty of other options too.
Near Burlington (Vermont) .... you have the town of Stowe .... with highest peak of Mount Mansfield ...... and other trails too as part of the A.T.
Sep 14, 2012 8:05 AM
6Early October should be a great time to hike in any of these areas.
Adirondacks are a great choice on the way up.
If you're coming back down through Burlington, VT and Concord, NH, then on to Boston (so I-89 to I-93), Vermont hikes might make more sense than trying to cut over to the Franconia Ridge. Consider Camel's Hump outside of Huntington/Richmond, VT (south of Burlington) - an easy, but beautiful hike (unlike Mansfield, there's no development on it).
If you're coming through NH or eastern VT, then cutting across to I-93 and the Franconia Ridge would be very convenient. Pretty tough hiking (fairly steep climb), but a great ridge walk in good weather. A little south of there is an easier hike also convenient to the highway - Welch and Dickey. It offers a loop across lots of open ledges, thus foliage views here can be spectacular.
Edited by: nilsy
Sep 14, 2012 11:28 AM
Sep 14, 2012 6:29 PM
8Camel's Hump is a wonderful hike - not too strenuous and popular with visitors/residents of VT alike. Mt Mansfield is a little more of a challenge but equally nice though you run the risk of snow/cold weather at the top there more than on Camel's Hump for the time frame you are looking for but you may luck out in early October.
In southern NH is the most popular hike in all New England - Mt Monadnock. Not sure why, I think because it appeals to people of all fitness levels, it has trails that suit everyone's needs.
Kathadin is awesome but might be a litlte out of the area for where you are going to be (its like 5 hours north of Portland ME).
Sep 26, 2012 12:42 PM
Sep 26, 2012 9:15 PM
10" . . . Kathadin is awesome but might be a little out of the area for where you are going to be (its like 5 hours north of Portland ME). . . ."
Agreed, hence the "Hee hee hee."
Breakneck would be my first choice.
Personally I want to hike breakneck just to see what all the fuss is about. However it is said to be tough, and I assume it didn't get the name "breakneck" by accident. I'm still nursing a knee injury so tough hikes are off limits for me, but it really is ranked #1 in America year after year, (sample bias??)
Bear Mountain would be a glorious hike for someone making a pilgrimage to NYC.
Edited by: LongIslandBob
Oct 22, 2012 3:42 PM
11Rigaud mountain and Tremblant mountain (around montreal) are good hikes and so beautiful in the fall
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