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Muddy! Snowy! Buggy! Beautiful! Memorial Day Weekend Hiking Conditions in the Whites

Ken Gallager
The Sandwich Range

Trails in the White Mountains could be more challenging this holiday weekend. As NHPR’s Sean Hurley reports many still show signs of winter.

It may be summer in New Hampshire but Frank Carus, with the Forest Service,  says most of our taller peaks don’t know it yet. "We've had a lot of snow," Carus says, "and you're going to run into snow anywhere between 3,500 hundred and 4000 feet."

Long before you reach that snow, he says, most trails are going to be muddy and wet. "Almost every trail at some point becomes an open watercourse, a stream bed. And in the springtime they're just flowing water," Carus says.

Snow up top, rivers below…Add to that, ticks, black flies and rapidly changing weather conditions.

Carus says, the main message, as always, is to be careful and prepared.

Sean Hurley lives in Thornton with his wife Lois and his son Sam. An award-winning playwright and radio journalist, his fictional “Atoms, Motion & the Void” podcast has aired nationally on NPR and Sirius & XM Satellite radio. When he isn't writing stories or performing on stage, he likes to run in the White Mountains. He can be reached at
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