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On-Line Sites....What’s the best on-line site for the best info on everything I need to know about a climb or a hike? Maps are very important, PLUS, Coordinates to the trailhead! I don’t mind paying for these, but I want a site with some off the radar places too. (If possible)

Thanks Guys!
Joey :D

TrailLink.com‎: http://www.traillink.com/

Trails.com: https://www.trails.com/

AMC: http://www.outdoors.org/about/

Discover New England: http://www.hikenewengland.com/ (NO COST)

If you know of any better ones, I'd really appreciate knowing what they are.

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Wed Sep 23, 2015 7:50 am
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I think between the those and the others you've mentioned in the past you've got it covered. The online AMC White Mountain guide is probably the best for the Whites, but otherwise it's just a collection of sites and google searches that will get you what you want. Most of them probably don't use GPS coordinates for trailheads. It's usually a map or description like "trail parking is one mile past the bridge" or whatever. And the good maps aren't usually online, probably because they are copyrighted and they want you to buy them.

Your best bet to find new spots is to get all the maps and guide books you can for the northeast and go over them. The under the radar stuff you're looking for close to home is on/in them but not posted on most websites, because most people don't hike it and even fewer post online about it, otherwise it wouldn't be under the radar. The Delorme atlases for individual states are great and show a lot of trails all over too. You've done so much of the easy to find online stuff (especially the summits) you're really going got have to dig deep and go over the maps looking for stuff (which I actually enjoy and find fun) or be willing to drive further, and then you'll find some rewarding stuff, but I think your at (or close to) the point where it's up to you to do the research and discovery and then post for others to learn and get ideas from.


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You've got me pegged GG :lol: I'm running out of places to go to that I can handle. There's still more stuff on this site: http://www.nhmountainhiking.com/ , but a lot have bushwhack trails on them with no maps. So if I get a Delorme atlases of NH, it'll show hiking trails?

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It shows a bunch of places with hiking trails, ATV trails, woods roads etc as little dashed lines, or they used to. I haven't bought a new one in a while. it's not going to have details though. You'll have to look them up yourself. But really get a map and look it over. Circle everything you can do and draw from that. You haven't done your waterfalls in a while. Lots of ponds and lakes out there too that will be awesome if the foliage ever arrives this year. You'll get amazing pictures early in the morning when you are out and they're still. I've been looking at maps of Maine all day for tomorrow's hike and there's a bunch of stuff you could manage in the Weld Region, Evans Notch, Camden Hills. Acadia would be a paradise for you if you ever make it there. Everything is 1500 feet or less and mostly rises above treeline. A lot in Vermont too, and western Mass. It's all how far you want to drive basically.


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Yeah....I think I’m gonna head over to Lord Hill near Evans Notch in western Maine tomorrow. Here’s a map link of the place. http://www.nhmountainhiking.com/hike/lord/gpslord.html Looks like I can get a three-fer out of this one. It’s a long ride, but I’m starting to burn out on southern NH. I’ve been hitting that area a lot and I need something new to do. It’s cool being retired, but it sure is boring. If I still lived down in NYC, I don’t know what I’d be doing. At least up here, I have plenty of forests and mountains to keep me busy. And you know how much I love being out there. Really....if I was still in NYC or Long Island, I’d be so freakin’ bored!

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Steve Smith wrote a book about ponds and lakes of the White Mountains.

Now that the colors will be changing, areas near water will be even more beautiful than ever. Even if you repreat places, just the change in seasons may make them seem new.


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Thanks about the book Beckie. I do re-visit a lot of places that I love a lot. Like the Smarts Brook loop. I try and hit that every season. That place is just so beautiful.

Tomorrow I'll see about Maine. It all depends on how I feel when I wake up. So many times I plan something, and then wake up and look for something else. It's a good thing I wake up around 3am. :wink:

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Lord hill. Cool. Don't forget a little shovel to dig for garnets. I found a few little ones on Deer Hill last summer. Makes a neat souvenir from the hike! :D


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It's around 3am....I wish you were on line man. Oh well, off I go! 8)

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EVANS NOTCH RULES!!!!!!!

But why is it so far from Lawrence :( :( :( :( :( ?


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I've picked up some good ideas here:

http://www.franklinsites.com/hikephotos/NewHampshire/

A lot the same as nhmountainhiking site, but I've used this a lot more.


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Grindboy wrote:
I've picked up some good ideas here:

http://www.franklinsites.com/hikephotos/NewHampshire/

A lot the same as nhmountainhiking site, but I've used this a lot more.


This is the one that always seems to come up whenever you google any hike in NH, or at least it does for me. Good info for sure.

And Evans Notch definitely rules. But it is a long way from just about anywhere. Worth the ride though if you ask me!


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Prema makes it a point to show me EVERTHING that is being offered by some realtor.


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This is not related to online forums, but one idea would be to check with individual towns, specifically conservation commissions. They often have knowledge of local trails, short in nature, and traditionally not in more broadly based hiking guides. Start calling town halls one by one and asking them - you would find some absolute gems well off the radar.

For example, Barrington and Gonic in NH have trails. There is a trail book on Barrington Trails you can sometimes find at one of the Calef's Corner stores. If I still had a copy, I'd fill you in on more details, but it was lent and is now gone!


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Raven wrote:
This is not related to online forums, but one idea would be to check with individual towns, specifically conservation commissions.


There is this thread which was/is great but many of the links do not seem to work anymore. It may need tweaking by Jim or Brian.

viewtopic.php?t=4594

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