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Some hikes are rewarding in almost any condition, whether the ground is frozen solid or covered by deep snowpack. When we asked AMC Books authors for their favorite early-winter hikes, they volunteered a coastal walk, a summit climb, a lake loop, and everything in between. Frozen and frosty or snowy and slick, these recommended hikes…

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There’s something magical about frozen waterfalls. Streams that fed swimming holes only months before have become icy fortresses, with intricate layers paused midcascade, sharp spikes dangling from rocks and sparkling like chandeliers. In a word, mesmerizing. These six snowshoe and ski routes showcase some of the region’s finest frozen formations. 1. Jewell Falls | Portland,…

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What follows is an excerpt from Desperate Steps: Life, Death, and Choices Made in the Mountains of the Northeast, available now from  AMC Books. The screen door on the ranger’s cabin slammed hard in the wind. Baxter State Park Ranger Ralph Heath rose stiffly from the supper table to secure the latch, uneasy over the…

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The Appalachian Trail (AT) beckons every month of the year: Once the thru-hikers have completed their journeys and the day-hikers have dispersed, the winter warriors break out their snowshoes. These eight hikes on America’s most famous trail are even more spectacular when the powder begins to pile up. 1. Gulf Hagas |  Piscataquis County, Maine…

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Winter coats the Northeast landscape with glorious adventure, opening doors of opportunity that can only be experienced during this magical season. Here are eight exceptional outings, from easy to epic, to consider adding to your life-long agenda. 1) Visit a frozen waterfall Summer spray transforms into crystal sculpture at the Northeast’s greatest winter waterfalls. The…

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Untouched for hundreds of years, old-growth pine, hemlock, oak, and spruce trees reach for the sky. These forests, primeval woodlands rich in biodiversity, are rare gems in the Northeast. This winter, snowshoe back in time by exploring these ancient giants of the forest. Old-growth forests include trees never harvested for timber that are between 150…

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Winter can refresh your favorite hikes and entice you to new destinations. With snow covering the ground, the once familiar mountains and forests of summertime are transformed. Grab your snowshoes or skis and check out these easy winter hikes. Conners Nubble  |  Acadia National Park, Maine Like many of the peaks in Acadia, Conners Nubble’s…

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Editor’s note: This article, adapted from No Limits But the Sky: The Best Mountaineering Stories from Appalachia Journal (AMC Books, 2014), originally appeared in the November 1896 issue of Appalachia. The four climbers involved—author Fay, Charles S. Thompson, George Little, and the group’s leader, Philip Stanley Abbot—were attempting the first ascent of 11,230-foot Mount Lefroy in…

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You need not be an experienced mountaineer to enjoy the winter landscape from a mountain summit. Dramatic views from the tops of relatively easy-to-access peaks can be found throughout the Northeast. Just bundle up, pack your winter essentials, and strap on your snowshoes for these seven great hikes. Saint Sauveur Mountain  |  Acadia National Park,…

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