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Although I now live in FL (via Hawaii & an RV), I lived in NH for 23 years. I lived in Allenstown, Deerfield, and lastly in Deering (near Hillsboro & Francestown). A mile walk to me to a top of a hill that gave me a view of Mount Monadnock. Only climbed it once.
In the late 70's, my son & I went blueberry picking on a mountain in the western part of the state. It was on private land. I remember the fire tower which had a lot of wild raspberry bushes. You paid for berries picked when you left. Very curious if this is the same Blueberry Mountain you mentioned. I'm thinking the area was near Stoddard but unsure.
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Florida has a thru trail. You can access info through http://www.floridatrail.org/

I live in Central Florida and am a member of the Heartland Chapter of the Florida Trail Association. Our chapter as well as many other chapters in the state use Meetup.com to list our events.

I also use Meetup.com to access other groups that kayak or hike. For my area, I've changed the default radius from 25 to 50. I also have a Meetup.com app on my phone. If I'm traveling, I could find groups for the area I'm traveling in.

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I'm in Central NC and would LOVE to meet some other NC'ers! :)

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Carter Dome in the White Mountains!
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http://www.chemeketans.org/hiking.asp Salem,Oregon

http://www.mazamas.org/ Portland,Oregon

http://hiking.meetup.com/cities/us/or/eugene/ Eugene, Oregon

These are around my neck-of-the-woods


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Check for hiking groups in your area, maybe "meetup" groups? They might have ideas for you, or you may want to hike with them.

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I live in Dixon, IL and have just started hiking again. I have been going to Whitepines State Park and its very nice there but the trails are limited to just a few. A couple of them are hard and a couple are medium trails that are 1 mile each.. the rest are under a mile or very easy. I would like to find other places close to home that I could go hiking at. Does anyone know of any in this area?


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Here's a short hike up next to Mt. Washington.
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I recommend my last hike!
Yesterday we hiked Blueberry Mountain.
Read about why we chose this unknown mountain!
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I like Sierra Club because they are very thorough when describing the hike so you know exactly if it fits your fitness level. They rate them starting at 1A to 3C. Their rating chart tells you how many miles the hike is. They also post elevation. I like that they have a leader and a sweeper on each hike. This means that the hikers stick together and no one is left behind to get lost or eaten by a bear, lol. Have seen bears on my hikes and wild cows, beautiful birds, exactly why I love to hike, to see nature.



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Here in PA we have tons of options for hikes all over the Mid-Atlantic and NE US. Some of the groups that I have used are the following:

Keystone Trails Association
Appalachian Mountain Club
Sierra Club
Meet-up Groups

Just google any of the above and you can find a boat load of info that can lead you to more local groups. (in this area anyway)

I have also organized hikes with a few Spark People in the last two years and that is always fun to meet other Sparkers. I also lead hikes for two Meet-up Groups and that really is my favorite group. BTW - MU is a great way to meet like minded people in other areas of interest too. It is not a "dating" service as some people think.

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I just finished a great hike on Maine Huts and Trails. Read my last 2 blogs!
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If looking for a hiking group-- there is a great group called Trail Dames (sorry guys). It started as a way to get 'other curvey women' into the great outdoors. One of it's goals is to welcome newbees and have hikes from beginer to advanced and progress to backpacking for those that are interested. There are several chapters across the country and it has grown trememdously in the few years its been in existence. So look them up on Meetup and the regular internet to get more information if you are looking for other like minded folks to hike with. I always hiked alone (or with my dog) until I found this group and have really enjoyed them! Happy Hiking!



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I had forgotten about meetup! I used it when I first divorced to find other cool (aka young) single moms and still have a few friends from that even though we don't do the group anymore. And with the locals I meet in other activities constantly bailing on hikes I think I might try meetup for this again!

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Lynda I so agree when it comes to Meetup.com. Have been using them for years all across the country. I find hiking pals easier in other parts of the country than right here at home. Unfortunately some of us live in remote areas and the folks are not easily found. But meetup.com is certainly one I enjoy utilizing.


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There are a lot of hiking groups popping up in just about every area that has hiking trails - if you want people to hike with in Arizona, it should be easy to find a group - the Sierra Club has active groups, check out Meetup.com, there's a group called Arizona Trailblazers [azhikers.org], Southern Arizona Hiking Club, Arizona Trail Assn....there are also a lot of conservancy groups, docent opportunities to lead hikes and other volunteer opportunities in Arizona. It should be easy to find people to hike with there!

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I can totally relate. Everyone wants to do it, until you start. I offer all my co-workers to join me, then they can come up with more excuses to not do it. Fortunate to finally be finding folks to kayaks with though. Started by myself and I am slowly finding like minded folks on our river.
Keep up the hard work, it is worth it..


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Hiking Monadnock in the winter is a great experience!
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Jackie, this is a great list! I'm also glad to learn of the film in progress and will keep track of how things go. It sounds like a film I'd really like to see and hope to have the chance - will it be on PBS or released in theaters or ?? I live on the west coast so not sure whether I'll ever have the chance to hike in that area but would love to see the documentary nevertheless. What an interesting project - thanks again for sharing the link and info!
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Here are a few things to take into consideration when planning a winter hike:
Dress in layers. The colder it is, the more layers you might need.
Wear boots or bring snowshoes even when the snow cover is minimal. Snow is blown about on the mountain, and accumulates in some areas.
Crampons or microspikes will keep you from slipping and falling.
2-3 liters of water and high energy food.
Flashlights and first aid supplies should be included in the backpack.
Allow at least 4 hours for around trip hike from the White Dot, White Cross and Marlborough Trails on Monadnock. Other trails may require more time.
Always have a Monadnock Trail Map with you! Trails look much different when covered in snow. Cairns and trail markers are often covered by snow drifts.
Always hike with an experienced hiker!
For more suggestions about winter hikes, visit http://home.comcast.net/~garyt1/winter.html
Winter hikes are different in many ways from summer hikes up Monadnock, and fewer people visit Monadnock in winter than in summer. From December 1 to April 1, the number of visitors drops to an average of ___ people per day. Ice, cold and harsh conditions are a combination that can cause mishaps on the mountain. An average of ___ people are helped off the mountain each year. About __% of incidents happen in the winter months. Most injured hikers are helped off Monadnock by friends and or State Park staff. A few people need to be airlifted by helicopter.




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We just had a great time in one of the Maine Huts. Please read my blog "Starting a New Tradition". It was the best Thanksgiving I've had in years!



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When I'm home in Scottsdale, AZ I hike the numerous trails in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve with trailheads at Gateway and Lost Dog Wash with more trailheads opening soon. There are always organized hikes every week-end as well as other events. This link will give you more information: http://www.mcdowellsonoran.org/event/index.

I generally hike alone, but if you are planning a visit to my area, e-mail me and I would love to show you the beautiful Sonoran Desert.
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I hike alone. Yes, it can be dangerous, but riding in a car is dangerous as well. You just have to be aware of your surroundings and prepare. I would love to have company when hiking, but I live in a small town and no one I know enjoys it.

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Will have to check out those books, I like Bill Bryson's book about the AT as well.

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You go, girl! I just finished reading Jennifer Phar Davis' book about hiking the AT alone her first time. There is also a wonderful read from Oprah's booklist called "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail" by Cheryl Strayed. She hiked the PCT alone after her mom died. Jennifer has a website that promotes hiking and she said she has noticed a lot more women hiking solo in the past few years. There are definitely risks, but you can be smart about it. Happy hiking!

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If you hike Cannon Mountain in New Hampshire, there is a cable ride down!


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If you plan to hike all the the 4,000 footers in New Hampshire, start with Tecomseh. It is in Waterville Valley, and the hike is gentle and short.



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Monadnock is my favorite hike of all. We are making a 90 minute, high definition, made for PBS documentary about this most hiked mountain in North America.



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I found a hiking group through Meet Ups in the DC area (Wandering Soles) and that led me to the Sierra Club hiking group in this area (SC-PRO). And there is an amazing email list put out weekly for all different hikes in the DC area by Paul Elliot. Let me know if you want to be added!!!


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I got brave this year and started hiking alone. Most people I know don't even want to hike. My husband loves to hike but he doesn't always feel well or is working. I have summers off so I take my dogs and my pistol. Southern Iowa is fairly safe but I was fearful at first. I have to keep reminding myself to check behind and around for safety. Also I don't go to the same site 2 times in a row so as not to develop a routine easy for predators. The area I been going we have been there lots and know it fairly well.

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Mt. Monadnock in Jaffrey, NH is my favorite mountain.
‎10 months from today, the movie, Monadnock, the Mountain that Stands Alone will be complete! monaadnockfilm.org facebook.com/rabbitearfilms



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If you live in or near Orange County, California, you might like to hike with the Irvine Ranch Conservancy www.irlandmarks.org/activities/default.asp
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Great resource Thanks!


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I, too, found my hiking groups through meetup. I've been on several local hikes with different groups and have found a favorite group, but am always looking at all local postings for interesting outings.
Happy trails to all.

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Hope you find a hike that suits you, let us know how it goes!

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Awesome, thank you so much for the website!


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looks like there are lots of trails near Chicago... www.everytrail.com/best/hiking-chicago-ill
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What do you suggest if you live in Chicago and there is nowhere to hike!?


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This is such great info, thanks to those who posted the hikers web sites! I've been looking for hiking groups for my local area. It's hard to get my friends to go hiking with me and I sometimes get nervous as a single woman hiking alone with just my dog, there are occasional bear and mountain lion sightings. Not to mention the occasional creeps and drunks the Forest Service has to track down and haul away!


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This is such great info, thanks to those who posted the hikers web sites! I've been looking for hiking groups for my local area. It's hard to get my friends to go hiking with me and I sometimes get nervous as a single woman hiking alone with just my dog, there are occasional bear and mountain lion sightings. Not to mention the occasional creeps and drunks the Forest Service has to track down and haul away!


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We don't have an official local hiking group, but we do get together on Thursday mornings at 8:00 a.m. to hike the Santa Monica Wilderness if anyone is interested :)

Jen

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www.meetup.com/Kern-Tulare-Hikers/


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are there any meetup groups in your area?

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I love this idea! Any suggestions for north GA?

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Hi Snow! I did not start the team, but did start co-leading it awhile back along with Ronda, it's pretty active, (not overwhelmingly so....) and a nice forum for Sparkers to come for hiking info and camaraderie! Nice to see you here!

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"Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants" Michael Pollan



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Hi Kay, is this your site? do you host it, or start it I joined it and forgot about it, just checked it out again-- and saw it you here.....small world.......is this new, or waiting to take off?***SNOW***

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Hi, everybody! For all the girls in this group, wonder if you've heard of TrailDames.com? It is a growing hiking group for women "of a curvy nature" - check out the webpage! We have chapters in multiple states, and adding new states all the time!



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Self-promote all you want!

I love hearing about Sparkers getting together IRL and enjoying active pursuits!

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I belong to a number of meetup hiking groups - to find those in your area, go to meetup.com and you can search for "hiking" groups near your town or zip code (you might have to set up a profile initially to join a group, but its free). Before meetup.com, I used to just hike with the Appalachian Club in NH, and then Sierra Club when I came to California - now most of the local Sierra Club hikes are also on meetup, too.
Excuse me for being self-promoting, but I lead a few hikes for the Foothills Hikers and the Hikers & Co meetup groups near the Sacramento area - I've gotten one fellow Sparker to come, and would love to see more! I organize mostly weekday hikes (but there's so many hikes on weekends organized by other folks, so I'd rather go on theirs on weekends!).



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This started out on many other threads, so I thought I'd start one for the team. Anyone have a local hiking group they enjoy, and would recommend to local Hiking team members?

Let's post our local groups, so current and future members looking for this information can find it!

Feel free to add links if you have them as well, if you don't, then perhaps the name of the group, club or organization, and any other information you think would be helpful.

And enjoy your hiking!

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New goal: 125 lbs, just to see what that looks and feels like! Hit it: Feb 2013!

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"Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants" Michael Pollan



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