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Discussion: I mean, where shouldn't you run?

in: Cristina; Cristina > 2019-09-30

Oct 1, 2019 12:25 PM # 
Ari-o:
The appropriate way to do Storyland, I've heard, is to jump the fence at night, but that's probably not Lukas-appropriate.

Assuming you're staying nearby … (this map will help, as would the White Mountain Guide)

There aren't a lot of roads which are nice to run and flat (or flat-ish) that don't have a lot of traffic, especially during peak leaf peeper season. The road from Route 302 up towards Rocky Branch (Jericho Road) might work? Hurricane Mountain Road is super steep, but traffic is slow/minimal. Some of the back roads to Jackson (Dundee, Thorn Hill) are nice, too, but if you're going to go on that much of a hill, just go on a trail.

Okay, so trails. There are lots of these. I'll assume you want to drive no more than 20m from Storyland.

Just east of NoCo there are some trails in the Green Hills Preserve which are reasonably short and have excellent views. Peaked Mountain, for instance. They might not even be too overrun by tourists. But they might.

Just west of NoCo are the Moat Mountains, which are pretty proper trails (I've never actually hiked/run them) and more by cathedral ledges. The Moat Mountain-Red Ridge loop is a 9 mile loop with considerable elevation.

Kearsarge North (off of Hurricane Mountain Road) is 3 miles up, but with considerable climb, to the summit of Kearsarge, which has excellent views.

Up in Jackson, Doublehead is a nice climb and has decent views on top. The Hall's Ledge trail up at the end of Carter Notch Road is a nice run on ski trails to a viewpoint; there are some nice loops/out-and-backs you could make on the ski trails in Prospect Farm. The Hall Trail off of Iron Mountain Road is a nice dirt road to run.

Out the Kanc, there are several options for shorter hikes, like the Mount Potash Trail (4 mi RT) or the UNH trail (5 mile loop). Longer trips up Mount Chocorua, which will probably be teeming with people.

Up Crawford Notch is Mount Tremont or Mount Crawford off the Davis path. Both longer trips.

And then you can head up towards Pinkham with all the trails there. A run up to the base of Tuckerman and back is always nice, but if you go that far, it's hard not to keep going up the mountain. Plenty of options on both sides, especially if you have time and the weather is nice.
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Oct 1, 2019 5:40 PM # 
jjcote:
I've jumped the fence during the daytime, in the winter.
Oct 1, 2019 11:00 PM # 
TomN:
On a lake in Maine where I spend most summers, there used to be some decrepit cabins that were near collapse, leaning far over to one side with walls at odd angles. The locals referred to those places as "Storyland." That was decades ago. I haven't been to North Conway in some time, but I'm glad the original is still in business.
Oct 2, 2019 2:04 AM # 
Abizeleth:
I did my first post-doc at Bartlett Experimental forest, which was near there. Nice dirt running roads in Bartlett EF. I seem to recall a cider mill with good cider doughnuts near Storyland.
Oct 3, 2019 5:37 PM # 
acjospe:
Apparently there are some pretty nice mountain bike trails in North Conway, and usually that means nice for running, too, because they aren't too steep and they flow well.

map

Disclaimer: I haven't been on those trails. But, might be closer to home and easier to keep running than some of Ari's suggestions, which inevitably include climb and views. Not a bad thing, but not necessary if you're just looking for a quickie run.
Oct 3, 2019 7:17 PM # 
ahall:
My go to run, when Kristin's parents lived up there (near Cranmore), was the Red Tail bike trail from Hurricane Mountain Road up to Black Cap, then the Cranmore Trail over to Cranmore, and then down one of the ski trails on the south end. there is then a trail that links across from somewhere on the north end of Cranmore back to Hurricane Mountain Road (goes off lower skimeister somewhere, and ends up near a watertower) but I can't find a map of it. Or you can just run roads back to HMR. there is this map that might help....

https://www.nature.org/content/dam/tnc/nature/en/d...

and if you want something longer, then head over the black cap connector to the green hills preserve that Ari mentioned....

You could also go and run around in Whitaker Woods in North Conway - Tony Federer made an o-map of it years ago that I may be able to find a copy of!

The xc ski trails at Bartlett (bear notch) are also pretty reasonable, as are some of the Jackson xc ski trails
Oct 3, 2019 7:27 PM # 
Cristina:
Thanks everyone, this is probably going to be helpful. I should figure out exactly where the house is so I can see what makes sense.
Oct 3, 2019 8:44 PM # 
jjcote:
with Lukas and a bunch of high school friends

I had no idea he was in high school already. My, but they sure do grow up fast!

:-)
Oct 3, 2019 8:44 PM # 
ahall:
Oh, and Ari's suggestion of Kearsage North is fine if you want a really stiff hillclimb. I did it a couple of times, and whilst the views are great, I don't recall it being much fun after the first mile until you start to head back down again
Oct 8, 2019 3:53 PM # 
Cristina:
Turns out the house is near the corner of Whitaker Lane and Kearsarge Rd, so there looks to be quite a few options without having to drive.

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