Days 4-5 White Mountains National Forest
You'll walk the backbone of the Northern Appalachians, the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Many of the trails here are above the timberline, offering wonderful views of this impressive range. On arrival, you delve straight into the beauty of this area with a planned hike to Lonesome Lake. The trail leads to the southern end of Lonesome Lake with an additional 0.5 miles to an Appalachian Mountain hut and the option of extending further. Most of the trail is tree covered so will be shaded from the sun, making it even more of an enjoyable experience.
Trail: Lonesome Lake (loop trail)
Mileage: 3.1 miles (4.82 kms)
Altitude change: 1,033 feet
Duration: 3 hours
On day five you have the option of hiking the Franconia Ridge trail which starts right at your campsite. Rated as one of the best in New England, you'll have the opportunity to scale three peaks (Little Haystack, Mount Lincoln and Mount Lafayette), all of which offer wonderful views. This area is well known to hikers all over the world, both for its stunning scenery and constantly changing weather. Challenge the elements here or catch the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway, which began operating in 1938 and was the first passenger aerial tramway in North America. From the top, there are panoramic views of three states, so it is mostly definitely worth a trip.
Trail: Franconia Ridge (round trip)
Mileage: 9 miles (14.48 kms)
Altitude change: 4,000 feet
Duration: 8-10 hours
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast (x2), lunch (x2) and dinner (x2) included