|Summit of Chocura|
This mountain hike is great anytime of year, but I love to summit in the spring, when the leaves are just starting to bud and the air is cool. It is a moderate hike in the spring - traveling through hardwood forest, evergreen forest, and a rocky bald scramble to the peaked summit. Although there are multiple ascents - all great hikes - I love a spring walk up the Piper Trail and back. This 7.7 mile out and back is perfect for the experienced hiker and even experienced children and teens. This is accessed right off Rt. 16 - 3 miles north of Chocura lake (check out the view of the mountain from here!) There is a sign on the road that directs you into a dirt parking lot. Parking is $3. There are no facilities at the parking lot.
2. Tumbledown Mountain - Brook Trail - Maine
Imagine hiking to the top of a mountain and finding...a lake! Tumbledown Mountain in Western Maine has a
|Summit of Tumbledown Mountain|
|Summit of Mt. Major|
This easy to moderate hike is a excursion for families, couples, or single hikers. Located near the impressive Lake Winnipesaukee, this small mountain provides scenic views of the expansive lake and stunning Lakes Region. The Boulder Loop Trail is the more challenging trail so I prefer to take the 1.4 mile up and return via the wider, more gradual 2.4 mile Brook Trail back. The large and well signed trailhead is in Alton, New Hampshire - 4.2 miles north of Alton Bay. Parking is free and there are no facilities at the parking lot.
Remember that Spring weather can be unpredictable. Remember to wear layered clothing and pack first aid gear, map, compass, and raingear. Check the weather before you leave and follow LNT guidelines.
Spring is one of my favorite times to hike. New green leaves, no crowds, and cool air - it's the perfect time of year to hit the trails.
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