New Hampshire trails

Once we crossed the border into NH, things changed, well to be more specific, names changed. 

Throughout our journey we had been hiking the Appalachian Trail, but suddenly we were hiking The Ethan Pond Trail, Crawford Path, Madison Gulf Trail, Centennial Trail (just like in South Dakota), and the Mahoosic Trail, among many others. 

In the beginning it was confusing with these different trail names.  Sometimes it was unclear which trail was actually the AT.  Some of our fellow hikers took the wrong trail and ended up in places that they didn’t want to be, getting rescued at a road several miles away from their original destination.

Once we took a wrong trail, but caught our mistake, with help from a campsite caretaker and our friend Tumbleweed.  Luckily we hadn’t gone more than a quarter mile, but it could have been disastrous.  And it is the only time while hiking the AT that we went the wrong way.

We were told by people in the know, that the trails in NH were named long before the AT was created, so it was decided that those names would stay the same and the AT would “piggyback” on. 

Our maps of the trail listed the alternative names, and we consulted them frequently, making it easier for us to follow the right trail.

We are now in Maine and the trail is back to being the AT.


About prairiedog2013

Grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota, but currently lives on Long Island, New York. Was a day-hiker years ago, but is now a thru-hiker. Loves living the thru-hikers life. She has hiked nearly 3,000 miles. Her hikes include the Northville Placid Trail (2011, 2012), the Centennial Trail in South Dakota (2012), the Appalachian Trail (2013), the Fjallraven Classic (2014) and many other trails.
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3 Responses to New Hampshire trails

  1. Susan Woodworth says:

    Well, welcome to Maine! How many more estimated days left on your hike? Prayers continue!

  2. TS says:

    Thinking of you and wishing you sure-footednesd! Looking forward to seeing you and hearing more about your adventures. I have been out from work for almost a month with vertigo/dizziness again.

  3. Doug Walter ( trailwalker) says:

    Can’t wait to hear your comments about the famous Mahoosuc Notch ..Take your time and enjoy the state of Maine with all its ruggedness ..One of my favorites state I went though..Stay safe and enjoy the rest of your hike.

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