Matty, Ryan and I spent four days and three nights in New Hampshire and western Maine, hiking in the White Mountain National Forest and state parks, and camping at Moose Brook State Park.
Wednesday, July 14
We arrived on Wednesday and spent the day setting up camp and visiting the Androscoggin Ranger Station. Matty had a virtual class at 4pm so we didn't have much time to hike, but we did get in a short walk on the fitness trail adjacent to the station. The mostly flat trail had stations explaining the stories of USFS mascots Smokey Bear and Woodsy the Owl and then access to and views of the Peabody River.
Ryan and I played tennis while Matty completed his online class from a picnic table in the Gorham Common. Rather than lack of skill, I blame my poor performance on the incredible views from the court.
Moose Brook State Park is a great campground near the northern sections of the WMNF. The park has clean restrooms (flush toilets and running water), warm showers ($0.75 for 3 minutes, bring quarters), a ranger station with a store that sells ice, firewood and park merchandise, friendly staff and a pond for swimming.
Thursday, July 15
We started Thursday with a 2.3 mile hike on the Roost Loop in Evans Notch. The hike up was short but steep. Once at the top a short trail leads down to a cliff with expansive westward views.
After hiking, we headed over to Weeks State Park. The park includes a fire tower and the summer home of John Wingate Weeks, author of the Weeks Act in 1911. There are hiking trails leading up the mountain, and people also often walk up the auto road, but given that we already hiked this morning we decided to drive up instead. The fire tower is open to the public and provides excellent 360 degree views of the area, including Mt. Washington and the Presidential range.
Friday, July 16th