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Half day hike suggestions?

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Half day hike suggestions?


My husband and I will be visiting labor day weekend and we're looking for a half day moderate hike. If anyone has any suggestions, we appreciate it!!

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1. Re: Half day hike suggestions?

Arathusa falls should be nice especially if it rains.

Also, on a nice day,- just hiking to the base of tuckerman's is great.

most of the walk is in the woods but really great views once you get in the bowl. It is about 2 miles each way. most difficult part is that you are walking from boulder to boulder.

Lots of folks recommend Mt Chocorua beacuse of its bald top for great views. I am ashamed to say that have not done this hike so can't comment on how long it takes.

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2. Re: Half day hike suggestions?

Chocorua and MT Kearsarge are both relatively easy 6 mile round trip climbs with rewarding views. South Moat is another good one.

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3. Re: Half day hike suggestions?

Mount Willard. Best reward for a half day hike in the White Mountains. Google it.

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4. Re: Half day hike suggestions?

Another vote for Willard.

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5. Re: Half day hike suggestions?

Arethusa Falls and Mt. Willard are great "value" hikes (good effort/reward ratio), but neither one is long enough to be a half day hike unless, maybe, you do them back-to-back.

RedSox's suggestions sound more like true half-day hikes to me, although I don't have personal experience with them. If you're willing to go a little farther from North Conway, the Lonesome Lake loop trail in Franconia Notch is quite popular and not too strenuous. Begin at the Basin, ascend the Basin-Cascades trail, descend the Lonesome Lake trail, and loop back along the Pemigewassett River trail.

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6. Re: Half day hike suggestions?

I would recommend the Black Cap hike and, longer but still doable in half a day, the Mount Willard hike. These were sufficiently challenging to be an adventure, but not the all day commitment that I found the Tuckerman's Ravine hike to be (2 hours up for me, with my very bad knee, and 3 hours down--on an all-rock terrain). We were there in July; hope we will return sometime soon. Enjoy your visit!

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