Bring on autumn! The North Shore offers plenty of seasonal happenings and the mountains are not that far away for experiencing intense color foliage. Not to be overlooked, the golden marsh grasses and warm setting suns make drives, walks with the dog and bike rides all the more beautiful.
Photo courtesy of Backpacker Magazine
North Chatham, New Hampshire
We are so lucky to have the ocean and the mountains within close range. For a gorgeous foliage trip of fall’s fiery colors, Kenny MacCarthy offers up his favorite seasonal hike, the North and South Baldface Mountain Loop. It takes about three hours to drive up to North Chatham, New Hampshire, from Cape Ann, and soon you can climb nearly 4,000 vertical feet, scramble up rock ledges, explore a gorge and summit two mountains on this 8.3-mile White Mountain adventure. New Hampshire’s highest peak, Mt. Washington, is visible to the West. The two summits are bare and open as their names “North Baldface and South Baldface” suggest.
“The middle of the hike is a couple of miles of ridge with amazing views to both sides. It’s a gorgeous fall foliage hike,” Kenny says. “Dog friendly” with only a couple of places to lend a hand.
When to go? Usually late September to mid October, and this day hike payoff climaxes in a show of intense colors. It’s view is to be admired for a long time.
PS – DO NOT miss the Emerald Pool side hike. It’s well marked, about a mile in from the road. The pool is gorgeous, great for swimming in summer.
UPDATE: Just went north! NH and ME colors are 2 weeks late this year!