In our original plan we intended to utlilize the White Mountains Hotel, Buttonwood Inn on Mt Surpirse, Eagle Mountain House, Joe Dodge Lodge, Notchland, and the Highland Center. This ended up changing, however. The problem was our guests, Althea (from New Hampshire) and Sylvia (from Maryland), came up with this excellent idea just a few weeks prior to the tour. Trying to secure rooms at this time of year during peak leaf season on specific days is a challenge. Too much so this time. The hike we planned stayed almost the same minus a couple of substitutions, but the idea of ending each day at a comfy inn would be limited to just two of the days (Notchland and the Highland Center).
Day One: Traversing the Moat Mountain Range
Plans are plans, as this is being written it is a tour in progress. So far the hiking part is right on track. What the coming days bring will remains to be seen. What we can share right now are photos from day one. A tour of South and Middle Moat, Red Ridge, and Whitehorse Ledge. The White Mountains Hotel didn’t have space, but that was where they were supposed to end up. As is, we still spotted a car there. Our guests would end up at the Eagle Mountain House for the first three nights. After spotting a car at the hotel Redline Guide Jeffrey Shutak, whom we put on lead for this, drove our guests to the south end of the Moat Mountain Trail. South Moat Mountain at 2770-feet would be the first to fall.
Those Crazy Fall Colors
We have seen them brighter, more vibrant, it’s true, but nonetheless our foliage is amazing. Honestly, it’s no wonder the various Mountain Washington Valley lodgings fill up so quickly at this time of year. People love the foliage up here… and we do, too.
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