AMC White Mountain Guide, 28th ed


AMC White Mountain Guide, 28th ed
Page Type Gear Review
Object Title AMC White Mountain Guide, 28th ed
Manufacturer Appalachian Mountain Club
Page By LDuszer
Page Type Aug 1, 2012 / Aug 8, 2013
Object ID 8279
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Compiled and edited for the AMC by Gene Daniell and Steve D. Smith, this authoritative hiking guide to the 794,000-acre White Mountain National Forest of New Hampshire and eastern Maine is the 100th anniversary edition of the original text and comes with three double-sided, full-color maps. This guide provides everyone from day hikers to multi-day backpackers with detailed geographic and historical information about each area, directions to each trailhead, information and fees for tent sites and huts, meticulous trail descriptions and distances, locations of water sources, safety guidelines, and suggested hikes.


In addition to regular map features, these maps show markers for campgrounds, tent sites and shelters, trails, and segmented trail distances.

Map 1&2: Presidential Range; Franconia-Pemigewasset
Map 3&4: Crawford Notch-Sandwich Range; Moosilauke-Kinsman
Map 5&6: Carter Range-Evans Notch; North Country-Mahoosuc


Mount Washington and the Southern Ridges
The Northern Peaks and the Great Gulf
The Franconia, Twin, and Willey Ranges
The Carrigain and Moat Regions
Cannon and Kinsman
The Moosilauke Region
The Waterville Valley and Squam Lake Regions
Mount Chocorua and the Eastern Sandwich Range
The Carter and Baldface Ranges
Speckled Mountain Region
The Mahoosuc Range Area
Northern New Hampshire

Product Details

Paperback: 624 pages plus 3 double-sided, full-color maps
Publisher: Appalachian Mountain Club Books; Other edition (May 1, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1929173342
ISBN-13: 978-1929173341



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LDuszer - Aug 1, 2012 7:36 pm - Voted 5/5

The BEST guide for hiking the Whites
I have used this guide for planning all-season day hikes as well as multi-day backpacking trips in the White Mountains, and it is now dog-eared and has served me well every time. It is THE most comprehensive guide for hiking in the White Mts., and anyone completing a New England's 100 Highest or NH's 4000-footers list should own this book. But it's also great for planning lesser known but still beautiful hikes (like the Welch-Dickey Loop) that aren't trampled by the summer season peak-bagging rat race.

The estimated trail distances are extremely helpful when planning longer hikes, but the estimated times to complete hikes are based upon your average day hiker, so most people on SP wouldn't take nearly as long unless they were carrying a heavy load.

I'm a bit of a map junkie, and these are pretty great...very detailed without feeling too crowded. The only thing missing on the maps, in my opinion, are locations of springs as water sources.

There are certain small things missing from the guide itself, but these may change with time. It's not for rock climbers or ice climbers, unfortunately, and this guide fails to even mention the Harvard Cabin near Tuckerman and Huntington Ravines on the eastern face of Mt. Washington. This cabin is run by the Harvard Mountaineering Club, it's open from Dec 1 - Mar 31, and it's popular among ice climbers. The guide lists the RMC (Randolph Mt. Club) cabins, so I'm not sure why the Harvard Cabin doesn't appear.

And since so many people hike with dogs (myself included), there should be a short section about the rules and regulations regarding dogs, where they are allowed or not allowed to be, and common canine courtesy issues, etc. Dogs are not allowed in the AMC Huts, but they are allowed to stay at RMC huts as long as your dog isn't a nuisance.

With some sadness, I will be retiring this guide on my bookshelf now that I've moved to Colorado, maybe resurrecting it once in a while for the occasional trip back east. But on to higher pastures...

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