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Stephen Goettle: Hiking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire

December 3, 2012 Leave a comment

With thousands of miles of picturesque hiking trails, New Hampshire’s White Mountains offer plenty to keep hikers interested.

Novice hikers, hikers with young children, hikers who are short on time, or those looking for a hike that offers spectacular beauty with little effort can select from a number of easy hikes with gentle inclines and distances three miles or less. Hikers looking for a little more difficulty have plenty of options as well, as the White Mountains boasts numerous trails that may be longer, or may have a moderate grade. For experienced hikers, there are a few difficult trails which are often very steep and may cross creeks or other obstacles.

The US Forest Service advises that some trails are well maintained, while others aren’t maintained and may be very rugged. Hikers should dress appropriately for the season and should wear sturdy, comfortable hiking shoes. Supplies should include a bottle of water to remain hydrated, along with a map of the area. Always tell somebody where you are and when you expect to be home.

Stephen Goettle is a Financial Services Associate for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, based in Boston. In addition to his work in business and accounting, Goettle’s experience includes teaching, tutoring, and a stint as counselor for sixth grade summer campers. An avid outdoors enthusiast, Goettle enjoys hiking in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.