All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.
New Hampshire, especially the White Mountains, is popular for hiking year round. Be sure you're prepared. Know:
Special considerations when hiking the White Mountains
Group size: Keeping your group size small is recommended. Specific group sizes may be stipulated in some areas, so check before you go. Groups must be left to 10 or less in designated wilderness.
Permits: Most groups - such as Scout troops, school and church groups, and other groups led by volunteers don't need a permit to hike in the White Mountain National Forest. Please call before you go to make sure.
However, if your group is a commercial venture, such as a camp or college or guide service, you will need an Outfitter Guide Permit for trips in the National Forest. For more information, see the White Mountain National Forest website or contact the District Ranger office.
Backcountry campsites: The White Mountain National Forest has a wide variety of cabins, shelters and huts. The Appalachian Mountain Club also maintains a number of popular backcountry campsites in the White Mountains, most of which are located along the Appalachian Trail, and are managed under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Forest Service.
Reservations are NOT accepted. The sites are operated on a first-come, first-served basis. However, if you are planning a trip with six or more people, use the AMC's Group Notification System. For more on this, visit the camping section of the AMC website. Or call 603-466-2721. This notification is NOT a reservation. This does help lessen impacts on the backcountry, minimize overcrowding and increase everyone's enjoyment of the backcountry experience.
Weather: Always check the forecast again just before you start your hike as the weather may have changed between the time you left home and arrived at the trailhead.
Hiking in winter: In the White Mountains, Forest Service snow rangers post avalanche warnings for Tuckerman and Huntington Ravines only. Warnings and avalanche advisories are