Thursday, May 28, 2015

AMC Huts Open for Full-Service Season June 3

The Appalachian Mountain Club's (AMC's) Lakes of the Clouds Hut on the shoulder of Mount Washington marks its 100th year of operation this month when it opens for the full-service season June 3.
 
About 4-1/2 miles southwest along the trail, AMC's Mizpah Spring Hut is set to open for its Golden Anniversary on that date, celebrating its 50th year of operation.

These two high mountain hikers' huts join another six operated by AMC along a 56-mile-long stretch of the Appalachian Trail in New Hampshire's White Mountains. The huts are off the grid and operate using environmentally sustainable systems such as solar and wind power. These backcountry hostelries provide meals, lodging, and educational programs in spectacular mountain locations, often miles from the nearest road.

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Yankee Magazine Names Appalachian Mountain Club’s Carter Notch Hut One of ‘Best of New England — Editors’ Choice’ Winners

The AMC's Carter Notch Hut has been recognized as the “Best Historic AMC Hut” in Yankee Magazine’s May/June 2015 Travel Guide as a “Best of New England — Editors’ Choice 2015.”

The special issue, available on newsstands and online at yankeemagazine.com/best-of-new-england, features 324 “Best of New England — Editors’ Choice 2015” winners, which, according to the editors, include the region’s best attractions, food and dining, lodging, and bargains. A comprehensive guide to travel in the region, it includes 90 local foodie destinations, the best summer bargains, and 120 of the best fairs, festivals and events around New England.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Getting Ready for Summer Sun? What About Summer Smog?

Ozone pollution—what we call smog-- can affect even the healthiest among us. It can cause sunburn-like damage in our lungs. Not an area we can reach when slathering on the sunscreen! But just as with the sun, some of us can be even more sensitive than others to ozone pollution. Unfortunately, some of the sensitivity has to do with how deeply we are breathing, which is why outdoor recreationists are considered among the sensitive groups affected by ozone pollution. There are ways to protect ourselves. EPA and state air regulators announce when smog is expected to be high so people can take precautions. Even more important, we can let President Obama know we want fewer smoggy days so he should urge EPA to set stronger, more protective ozone smog standards.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Explore the captivating beauty of the Berkshires with newly updated guide from AMC Books


Discover 50 of the most impressive trails in the Berkshires, home of the Appalachian Trail, in the newly updated edition of the popular guidebook AMC’s Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires: Four-Season Guide to 50 of the Best Trails in Western Massachusetts, 2nd edition.

Ideal for families, nature lovers, and hiking enthusiasts, this guide will lead you through the region’s scenic natural areas, past historic landmarks, and up to some of the state’s best vistas. The hikes stretch from Mount Greylock south to Bash Bish Falls and include ten entirely new routes.

Fascinating essays throughout the book on the region’s plentiful flora and fauna by author RenĂ© Laubach, former director of Mass Audubon’s Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries, are not to be missed.

To learn more, read the press release >>
To purchase your copy, visit the AMC Store >>

Thursday, April 30, 2015

6 Often Overlooked Hikes in Southern New Hampshire

View from Orange Mountain | photo by Steve Smith
Searching for a day hike that's easy to get to and serves up an "off-the-beaten-path" appeal? Often overshadowed by the classic and well-traveled paths of the White Mountains, the hiking trails of southern New Hampshire are a great option for day hikers looking for quiet trails.

We asked Steve Smith, NH hiking expert and editor of AMC's fully revised Southern New Hampshire Trail Guide, 4th edition (featuring Mount Monadnock and Mount Cardigan), to share six of his favorite often overlooked hikes in southern NH. Happy hiking!

Bald Rock and Monte Rosa [5-mile loop, 1,550 ft. vertical gain, 3:15 estimated hiking time]. An interesting loop with many views along less-used trails can be made over these two open spurs of Mt. Monadnock from the parking area on the south side; use Old Toll Rd., Parker Trail, Cliff Walk, Smith Connecting Link, Amphitheatre Trail, Smith Summit Trail, Monte Rosa Trail, White Arrow Trail, and Old Half Way House Trail.

Pisgah Ridge Loop [9.5-mile loop, 1,450 ft., 5:30]. This loop leads through some of the finest scenery in Pisgah State Park, including four viewpoints on Pisgah Ridge and Baker and North Round ponds. From the Kilburn Rd. trailhead on NH 63, take Kilburn Rd., Kilburn Loop, a connecting path, the northern section of Pisgah Ridge Trail, Baker Pond Trail (with a side trip north to Baker Pond), Reservoir Trail, the spur to North Round Pond, and the southern section of Pisgah Ridge Trail, returning via the connecting path, Kilburn Loop, and Kilburn Rd.

Orange Mountain [5.6-mile round trip, 1,600 ft., 3:35]. Good views are found atop this southern spur of Mt. Cardigan; starting at Cardigan Lodge, use Holt Trail, Holt-Clark Cutoff, Vistamont Trail, and Skyland Trail.

South Uncanoonuc Mountain [2.2-mile loop, 750 ft., 1:30]. Make a partial loop visiting several viewpoints by using Incline, Walker, and Summit trails to the south viewpoint with a side trip to the west viewpoint; descend via Summit Trail.

Klem and Mack Mountains [6.1-mile loop, 1,200 ft., 3:40]. This loop on East Gilford Fire Rd., Round Pond Trail, Round Pond-Piper Link, Mount Klem-Mount Mack Loop, and Round Pond-Mount Mack Trail takes in two summits with views and beautiful Round Pond. Extend the trip with a second loop over Belknap Mountain via Round Pond-Piper Link, Boulder Trail, and East Gilford Trail [8.3-mile loop, 2,200 ft., 5:15].

Sweet Trail [4.6 miles one-way, 100 ft., 2:20]. This trail in Durham and Newmarket provides an extended woods walk passing by many interesting wetlands and ending at the edge of Great Bay. A one-way traverse can be made with a relatively easy car spot. Shorter out-and-back trips can be made from three different trailheads.
Steve Smith has been a hiking enthusiast for over 30 years. He has written several guidebooks for the White Mountains region, and served as coeditor of the 27th, 28th, and 29th editions of AMC’s White Mountain Guide and the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th editions of AMC's Southern New Hampshire Trail Guide (now available in AMC's online store with 20% member discount).

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

AMC Announces Plans for New Outdoor Center in New York's Harriman State Park



It’s official – AMC is coming to New York’s Harriman State Park! We’re opening a new outdoor program center on Breakneck Pond in summer 2016. It’s an exciting time as we partner with the Palisades Interstate Park Commission and New York State Parks as part of our broader focus in New York. 

The new outdoor program center will be a hub for both AMC chapter programs and youth programs, including our Youth Opportunities Program for urban and at-risk youth.  It will be located at a former youth camp on Breakneck Pond within the park.  You can see a view of he camp from the pond below.



Read more about today's announcement in our press release.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Learn to fly fish with AMC in Maine

AMC is offering guided fly fishing programs at its Maine Wilderness Lodges, including Women’s-Only and Remote Ponds workshops.

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