Trans-New Hampshire Expedition – Fall – September 8th through 10th, 2017
Check out the incredible scenic views along the Kancamagus, take photos of some waterfalls, drive up the Mt. Washington Auto Road, scope out a couple of old time covered bridges, enjoy local foods, take a chance at seeing some moose, and spend some time in the woods! We will start at the Canadian border in Pittsburg NH and wind our way down through the state, briefly entering Maine and Vermont along the route before ending at the NH seacoast. We will cover nearly 500 miles of New Hampshire’s best and most scenic roads and trails. From the expansive networks of dirt and logging roads up north to the scenic White Mountain National Forest roads to the tight trails and historic small towns of Southern NH, we will see it all. 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!
Disclaimer – THIS IS A NON-REFUNDABLE TRIP. PLEASE MAKE PROPER ARRANGEMENTS BEFORE PLANNING. I WILL DO MY BEST TO FIND A REPLACEMENT FOR YOU IN THE EVENT THAT YOU CANNOT MAKE THE TRIP, BUT I CANNOT GUARANTEE THAT.
Dates: September 8th through 10th, 2017
Start Location: Canada/New Hampshire border – Pittsburg, NH.
Start Time: 8:30am Friday
Finish Location: Seacoast, Hampton 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 we will head off pavement, down remote logging roads into Maine and back, as we make our way towards Mt. Washington. We will make a few stops along the way, see some rushing waterfalls, with our destination being the Mt. Washington Auto Road.
2:The second day will start with some incredibly scenic roads, including the Kancamangus highway. The first half of the day will be almost entirely paved roads while the second half will start to venture back onto the dirt where we’ll turn onto NH Class 6 roads (aka trails). This is where we will air down and put things into 4WD. The trails are all stock friendly as rated above, but will be difficult in a few places.
3:The last day will be substantial off-road travel. Some trails will also be narrow. There will be an essentially zero chance of body damage aside from light pin-striping from encroaching tree branches if you pay attention and follow your spotter’s instruction. After completing our off-road adventure, we will make our way out to the NH seacoast to see views of the beaches and Atlantic ocean before departing home.
4: We will be camping at campgrounds Friday and Saturday night. There will be a campfire and facilities available. There are motels in the area if you would prefer to have more amenities.
5: This route is very flexible and open. Nothing is set in stone and we will change things depending on the group’s desires, weather, and time. We have a lot of ground to cover and a lot of things to see in a short period of time.
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 RADIO IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! This trip will not be nearly as enjoyable if you do not have a CB radio. This is how we comminucate throughout our travels. Your guide will also have an FRS and HAM radio as other means of communication.
1:All participants will receive this trip as a packaged “Adventure Route”. This provides information, directions and GPX tracks of the route for use in compatible GPS devices or apps. 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!
2: Lodging is provided Friday and Saturday night. Lodging will be a campground with bathroom and shower facilities.
3: Mt. Washington Auto Road is included for the driver and up to one passenger. Additional passengers will be the responsibility of the driver at $8/adult. There are discounts for children. Check the Mt. Washington website for details.
4: All other costs are covered by the participants.
Some expected costs:
1: Fuel – This trip can cover up to 500 miles of 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. 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 250 miles or 550 miles, we will have a lot of fun doing it and we will make our destination!
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. Depending on time and the decision of the group, we may stop for lunch at a sit-down restaurant on Saturday, or we will continue our journey and eat on the trail. 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 by mid-afternoon. It is probable 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: Thursday night lodging or alternative lodging – Thursday you are on your own to find local lodging if you prefer, which from the past is recommended if you are traveling a good distance to the arrival location. Some people might stay at the Lake Francis State Park Campground in Pittsburgh, NH, but there are other discreet camping options nearby, plus some cabin sites.
4: If you wish to stay in a motel/hotel/B&B on Friday or Saturday night instead of the provided campground, that is certainly an option if you decide, but it will be of your own responsibility.
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 can be a little chilly and Mt. Washington has the potential to be pretty cold at the top. Bring appropriate clothing for all weather conditions we may encounter. Hot days, cool nights, rain, sunshine…be prepared!
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.