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Old 03-12-2020, 09:02 PM   #1
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Family friendly winter hike

We're going to be in Keene this weekend and I'm looking for a couple of nice hikes for our family and dog. I don't want to do a peak or anything that involved, but would like opinions on a good 5-7 mile hike with nice views that would be good for our first ADK winter hike. Have snowshoes and micro spikes.

We are not limited to only Keene, and don't mind a bit of a drive, but that would be preferable.

We've done a few peaks in the summer, and want to try one in the winter but don't want to start out with one for our first winter hike.

Any advice would be appreciated.

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Old 03-13-2020, 06:24 AM   #2
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You can't go wrong with Marcy Dam for a taste of winter hiking- flat and easy 2 mile hike into the dam area, and if the sun is out you'll get spectacular views of the nearby High Peaks. If you're still feeling good and get to Marcy Dam early, you could continue on to Avalanche Lake (some decent uphills but definitely nothing like any peaks) for more spectacular views. The trails in that area should also all be well-packed out so no worry about having to break trail.

It's a bit of a drive from Keene, but you might also consider the Paul Smith's Visitors Interpretive Center (VIC). They've got an extensive network of groomed trails, so you can decide for yourselves how long or short of a hike you'd like.
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Old 03-13-2020, 07:31 AM   #3
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Baxter Mtn Loop. Easy enough and beautiful.
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Old 03-13-2020, 09:09 PM   #4
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If young kids: Goodnow Mt or Mt Adams. THe former very easy with great views, the latter a bit more effort and spectacular views. Both firetower mountains.
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Old 03-13-2020, 10:05 PM   #5
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Owls Head Lookout between Keene and E-Town on 9N. 5.2 mi RT. 1200' of gain.
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Old 03-14-2020, 09:01 AM   #6
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IF you decided to do Goodnow, check to see if the former VIC in Newcomb is open, trails similar to the Paul Smith's site, nice easy hikes.
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Old 03-14-2020, 06:36 PM   #7
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Owl head Lookout is a good suggestion, but if you are in Keene Valley already, the shortest approach to a 5-mile round-trip hike is Rooster Comb - just south of Keene Valley. Mostly gentle grades - some steeps at the very end, but a great view on the summit. Traction aids definitely required for Rooster Comb (hiked Thursday), and probably for Owl head Lookout as well. Rent or buy at the Mountaineer before starting.
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Old 03-15-2020, 07:41 AM   #8
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Roostercomb is a good suggestion.

In that same neighborhood, Snow (a little shorter), Hopkins (a little longer), and up the road a little Giant's Nubble (again a little shorter) are all good options too.
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