We went for a mid-October hike with a couple of friends in White Mountains, New Hampshire, which was about a 3-hour drive from Boston. It was my first fall hike and we were all very excited to see the beautiful colors as well as to soak in some much-needed nature. October is a very popular hiking season, so for those who wish to spend the night nearby should definitely book well ahead of time before they're all taken! We chose to do the Mount Jackson trail (~6 miles) which is considered moderate/difficult from our research due to its steepness, but is still doable before sunset, giving us enough time to get dinner and drive all the way back in one day.
The view was breath-taking. We thought we knew what to expect from googling photos of the trail the night before, but none of them did Mount Jackson justice. We were also accompanied by these little birds on the way up (can anyone identify them for us?) and two of them even came by to see if we would offer up some snacks while we were at the top. The hike was definitely not a casual stroll, with several steep portions spread through out the trail, which made it really satisfying for us.
We made it back down to the road right when it was getting too dark. We got dinner at a small diner on our way back and arrived in Boston slightly before midnight. All of us were dead exhausted by that time, but we got a good workout, meaningful conversations, and lots of fresh air. It was a good day.
Photos by me. Shout out to Teresa for driving both ways! <3