A hundred years ago, the White Mountains region in New Hampshire was a different sight. Hundreds of photographs and articles depict a region of mountain sides stripped of trees, streams choked with silt from eroding hillsides and ash from forest fires falling on nearby towns. There used to be whole towns, hundreds of mills, dozens of mines, quarries, charcoal and lime kilns and much, much more. Today’s visitors to the White Mountain region see acres and acres of healthy green forest because of the enactment of the 1911 Weeks Act which enabled the acquisition of over 19 million acres in 124 national forests, spanning 42 states and including the New Hampshire White Mountain National Forest. In many ways, New Hampshire considers the Weeks Act as “our” National Forest law because the White Mountain National Forest was the first of the eastern National Forest Reserves. Where would we be without the scenic views of Pinkham Notch, Franconia Notch, The Basin and the Kancamagus Highway? According to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, almost 51% of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail passes through lands administered by the United States Agriculture Service. Of those lands, the Weeks Act had a major impact on the 2,000-plus mile trail seen as a national treasure. A short 25 minute drive from Breakfast on the Connecticut will get you to the White Mountain National Forest. Once there, you will travel slowly as the next turn always has another spectacular view. Log on to www.weekslegacy.org to look at all the activities that are planned to celebrate this milestone.
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The Upper Valley has a host of panoramic views but a favorite and one described by many hikers as offering “the best” view of the White and Green Mountain summits is Mount Cardigan in Canaan, NH. The fastest and shortest route to the summit is the West Ridge Trail accessed directly from Cardigan Mountain State Park. On the West Ridge Trail you will be guided by a series of impressive cairns – take time to appreciate their construction. An option is at .4 mile on the West Ridge Trail, you can turn right on the South Ridge Trail and enjoy the forest along this trail – you will find that you will have more time on this trail for solitary reflection. Once you have reached the summit you will find ledges that have been polished smooth by thousands of years of glacier activity – the characteristic that makes Cardigan a great mountain to hike – the large open top. Now is the time to break open that picnic lunch you brought with you, sit and enjoy the 360 view. One note of caution – with an open top it can be very windy so hold onto your hat! As in the popular song, try to hike on a clear day when you can “see forever” – you will not be disappointed. If hiking is in your vacation plans, stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and we will give you directions to Mount Cardigan. We can even pack that picnic lunch if you give us enough advance notice.