There and Back Again- Hiking and Rehiking the White Mountains of NH

Managing Real Estate Broker with Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., NHRE# 02863

As the local kids return to school, as the parents celebrate and the businesses on Main Street prepare for the last hoo-rah of the summer, the mountains remain the same. Lincoln, NH sits at about 811 feet with surrounding peaks getting up into 5000ft. Mount Washington is the highest peak in New Hampshire sitting at 6288 feet, a number I’ve memorized since I was a little girl. I had the pleasure of hiking Mount Lafayette last week and there is absolutely nothing in this world like the Franconia Ridge.



Traversing the Franconia Ridge in Summer 2008

Having spent the past three years in North Tahoe hiking, climbing, and skiing the Sierras, a lot was learned living at 6200 ft but after three years in the alpine desert I was called back home by family and no income or sales tax. Can’t beat it. The White Mountains are also unbeatable. As I stopped in our local grocery store known as the "Price Hacker" by locals, I overheard two scraggly looking men discuss their thru-hike. “New Hampshire for the win, for sure” gloated one bearded young man to the next. If you don’t know what a thru hiker is, come hang out in town from May-September and see (and smell) the dozens of hikers who have made it this far walking from Georgia to Maine.


New Hampshire is no joke- unlike the Sierras or Rockies we have plenty of oxygen and flora/fauna at the bast of our mountains. Living at seas level rocks. Literally. Our Granite is some of the best Quartz and Feldspar concoctions I have ever seen. Thru hikers are notorious for quitting here once their knees hit the hard granite, reducing their average of 16 mile days to under 10. It’s intense. Not onlt is the granite extremely hard underfoot but some of the world’s worst weather in recorded in the here hills- Mount Washington has hit 231mph! Intense!! I was being blown around at 5269 ft last week and it couldn’t have been more than 70mph. That in addition to the low visibilty had us turning around after we summited rather than complete the 14 mile loop back to the car.

Hiking in our Alpine Zone is also no joke. You better be wearing a hearty pair of boots and have an alpine shell with you if you plan on traversing. The best part about being over 5000 ft on the ridge is the AMC huts- the Appalachian Mountain Club is an organization my family has supported since I came out of the womb hiking. The huts are super fun and strategically placed to help hikers in inclement weather and offer bunk beds, mountain dining and educational skits for they’re paying guests. It’s worth it! Many hut stays need to be booked 6-12 months in advance because there are a limited number of beds. Go check it out for yourself and book a reservation here to learn about these wind, solar, and water powered structures above treeline!


                                                                 Greenleaf Hut

As we move in to Autumn, don’t forget hearty layers. And as Jack Johnson says, “it’s always better when we’re together” bring your friends and family up to North Country for a mountain adventure and create everlasting memories in the White Mountains of NH.



                        Hiker Log from Greenleaf Hut on 8/28/16 "There and Back Again"

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  1. Patricia Kennedy 09/01/2016 12:55 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Hi Sarah, this really made me laugh when I read it.  I thought... wait.. Steve was a little girl?  LOL  Then I read on.  Looks like a beautiful place to hike.

Hi Steve.  I was worried for a minute

Aug 30, 2016 07:40 AM #1
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Steve, when I saw the title and your profile shot next to it,  I just knew I was about to see some beautiful mountain photos!  Love the hut with its solar panels.

Aug 30, 2016 09:54 AM #2
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Green Leaf hut is a place I could move into and stay for a while.

Aug 30, 2016 11:32 AM #3
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Hi, Steve!  This post is included in today's Last Week's Favorites.  Hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend!

Sep 04, 2016 12:39 AM #4
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Steve Loynd I'm with Tammy, I read and re-read the part about being a little girl, LOL. Whew.... 

Anyway, what a great post and that is one amazing woman I have to say. Good for her. 

Thanks for sharing her story and those photos are fantastic!

Sep 04, 2016 02:12 AM #5
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

This was a fun read, Steve. Just threw me off a little at first but it became obvious. I haven't been hiking in that area but visited Lincoln a couple of times when living in the Boston area. Really beautiful are you live and work in !!

Many thanks to Sarah for a great read about her adventures! Love the pics


Sep 04, 2016 04:52 AM #6
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

I was confused at first, Steve was a little girl? Glad to know differently! I also thought you have recovered well from your fall to be out hiking mountains!

Sep 04, 2016 05:13 AM #7
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Steve, so glad Patricia Kennedy featured this post, what an adventure, thank you for sharing some amazing photos. Say hello to Sarah from ActiveRain as well, she did a great job.

Sep 04, 2016 07:26 AM #8
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Steve Loynd - this reminded me of my little expedition to Himalayas in the 80s!

Beautiful pictures but... where's little girl? 

Sep 04, 2016 02:35 PM #9
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Steve Loynd,

I caught your post from Patricia Kennedy's pic on her Sunday post of last weeks favorite posts. I'm with Tammy Lankford, and Andrea Swiedler  I read and re-read the part about being a little girl, LOL. Whew....As Beth Atalay commented "Say hello to Sarah from ActiveRain as well, she did a great job!"

Sep 04, 2016 09:18 PM #10
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Pretty impressive Sarah - and Steve!!  I had the same reaction...and re-read!  Great shots and what a gorgeous area you live!

Sep 04, 2016 11:21 PM #11
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I can see why Patricia chose to high light your post this week!  Great stuff!~

Sep 04, 2016 11:51 PM #12
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Thanks for sharing Sarah's experience! I didn't realize there were huts in the mountains; very cool.

Sep 05, 2016 08:01 PM #13
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Not much a mtn hiker. Once I did and a 81 year old lady encourage me to get to the finishing line, I saw Pacific Ocean on one side and valley below. It was a good feeling that I did something worth awhile. The 81 year old told me she went up with her dad when she was 9. She wanted to hike it up again as her last event.

Sep 06, 2016 12:52 AM #14
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Hiking is very popular in Los Angeles hood too. It is much better than any gym:) 


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