Fall Foliage Overland Adventure Route
Check out the foliage along the Kancamagus, take some photos of some waterfalls, scope out a couple of old time covered bridges, enjoy local foods, and spend some time in the woods! This is a stock friendly tour that will be difficult in some places. The trip is designed around a Jeep JK Rubicon in stock form but check the trail ratings below for more detailed info. This will be a challenge for a completely stock vehicle but absolutely possible! Moderately built vehicles are welcome and can still have fun on a few of the trails. Keep in mind that the scenery is the same no matter what you drive!
Start Location: Hancock campground, Lincoln NH – 44.064054, -71.593619 (people can camp here Friday night to make for an easy start Saturday morning).
Start Time: 8:30am Saturday
Finish Location: However far we make it! Goal of Sanbornton NH.
Finish Time: 4pm Sunday
Trail Difficulty: Trail Ratings of – and possibly an occasional . 95% will be 2 and 3 level. Anything with a 4 can be bypassed or we can winch you through. Don’t be scared off by it. This is a STOCK FRIENDLY trip, regardless of the trail ratings listed above. More information on trail ratings: http://forums.exploringnh.com/showthread.php?917-Trail-names-and-locations-Trail-rating-guide&p=16483#post16483
1: The first day will be almost entirely paved, scenic roads with the possibility of a couple of trails at the end of the day (it depends on how far we make it).
2: The second day will be trail oriented but there will still be significant road time. Almost none of the road time will be anything faster/more improved than a back road but be prepared for paved road travel.
3: We will be discreet camping Saturday night and this means no fire and possibly no facilities. There are motels in the area if you would prefer to have the amenities. It will be COLD at night!
4: There is a small chance of the Mt. Washington Auto Road being open on the first day. If it is open, we will take a trip to the top. It all depends on weather. If they get a snow storm, it is closed. We just have to check on the morning of. If you don’t want to drive up, you don’t have to.
5: This route is very flexible and open. Nothing is set in stone and we can change things depending on the group’s desires.
6. There is limited hiking to get to one of the waterfalls. It is a .6 mile easy hike/walk on relatively flat ground and a well maintained path.
7: A WORKING CB IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! This trip will not be nearly as enjoyable if you do not have a CB.
1: All participants will also receive this trip as a packaged “Adventure Route”. This route includes written, turn-by-turn directions, a GPX track of the route for use in compatible GPS devices or apps, lodging options along the route, points of interest, recommended food stops, and more. This Adventure Route packet will enable you to run this route again at any time you please. Just find a partner, hop in your trucks, and go! This particular trip is designed as a fall foliage route but you will find just as much scenic and off-road value in the spring and summer.
2: Lodging is provided Saturday night. Lodging will be a campground with bathroom and shower facilities.
3: All other costs are covered by the participants.
Some expected costs:
1: Fuel – This trip can cover up to 200-350 miles of back roads. Why such a big range of total mileage? It depends on many factors and it is always best to plan for the worst. Our biggest enemy is time. We have a lot of ground to cover and not much time. If Mt. Washington is open, that will eat up a couple of hours with very little added mileage. Overall speed on the trails and difficulty over obstacles is another big factor. There are other factors like food/bathroom breaks, time for photos, and hiking time that can all contribute. This trip is pretty open ended, flexible, and is more about the journey than the finish line. Whether we travel 150 miles or 400 miles, we will have a lot of fun doing it!
2: Food – You are responsible for all of your own food. Plan to cook breakfast and dinner at camp each day and prepare to have snacks and drinks in the vehicle with you to hold you over until meal times. We will be stopping for lunch at a sit-down restaurant on Saturday. With this said, it is always best to have something that can be eaten as a make-shift lunch in case we get held up on a trail or our schedule is off and we can’t make it to lunch at exactly high noon. Sunday we will be eating lunch in the vehicles/on the trails. We will likely be finishing up the trip just before dinner time. It is likely that some people will head right home to get ready for work on Monday while others may choose to go have an end-of-trip dinner at a local restaurant.
3: Friday night lodging or alternative lodging – Friday you are on your own to find lodging. Some people might stay at Hancock Campground, information about and directions to Hancock Campground are covered in your Adventure Route info packet which you will receive prior to the trip. Others will discreet camp in the area. If you wish to stay in a motel/hotel/B&B on Saturday night instead of the provided campground, that is certainly an option but this is up to you to arrange and pay for.
4: Mt. Washington Auto Road – The Auto Road is $28/vehicle + driver, plus $8 for a passenger. If you don’t want to drive up/down, I am sure you can pile in with someone else for the ride.
5: Various state parks – State parking areas and some scenic spots require paying a fee of $3/vehicle/day. We will need parking passes for Saturday only.
1: There will be fuel stops along the way as well as provisioning stops each day for anyone that needs to pick up food or ice for coolers. These stops are also good times for bathroom breaks.
2: Be prepared for weather! It may rain, it may snow, it may be hot and sunny. This is New England! Nights will be very chilly and if Mt. Washington happens to be open, it will be well below freezing at the top. Bring a hat and warm gear. Cooking in the mornings and at night will probably be pretty cold and a winter jacket may be nice to have. Bring layers to strip off throughout the day as things warm up. Make sure you have a tent and sleeping bag that are up to the cold. If you have a heater of some sort and plan to use it in a vehicle or tent, PLEASE make sure it is rated and safe for that. I don’t want to wake up and find someone’s truck full of dead people. It will slow down the trip.
3: There will be NO alcohol consumption until we are all parked for the night! This is pretty common sense but I had to say it.
Minimum Equipment And Breakdowns On The Trip:
ExploringNH is generally very strict on having the minimum equipment to be able to go on a run. I think I will surprise everyone here and go against the culture by saying that our minimum equipment list will NOT be enforced. This does not mean to throw out your spare tire and fire extinguisher. It does mean that if you do not have the minimum equipment, you are still welcome. The reason for this is that what we are doing here is an Overland Adventure Route, designed to be friendly to stock vehicles. This is overlanding! It is up to you to make the decision about what you decide to carry. If you choose not to bring a spare and you end up with a flat, that was your decision and it impacts how your trip goes! In cases like this, we will do our best to get you to safety and out to a main road. Be aware of the risks involved in this. Once out to the main road with help on the way, we will leave you and continue with the trip. We have a bunch of people that all took time out of their lives to have fun and explore for the weekend. We can not hold up the whole group for you. It is not fair to everyone else. The same goes with breakage. If you break an axle, we will do what we can to get you to safety but then you are on your own. If you are able to get repaired, contact the group and meet up with us later that day or at camp that night. With that said, if it is possible to get you repaired on the trail with a minimal time cost, we will do our best to get you back up and running. We want you to complete the trip and we REALLY don’t want to leave anyone behind, but we will do what we have to in order to keep everyone moving.