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snowman4415
03-21-2013, 01:09
A couple of college friends are getting together to do a 10-14 day hike and mid-July is the only timeframe that works for us.

I can imagine there are many places that are not ideal for that time of year so I'm looking for advice on the best sections/states to look at for our timeframe. Any advice you can give us would be great!

Thanks!!

fiddlehead
03-21-2013, 01:15
Too hot in the south, even middle.
Maine would be your best.
Can probably do the whole state in that time period if they are experienced.
If not, maybe all but the 100 mile wilderness.

Donde
03-21-2013, 01:24
Maine and NH are both great that time of year. Roan and Grayson highlands are always awesome and high enough to cut down on the heat a little.

fredmugs
03-21-2013, 13:46
Too hot in the south, even middle.
Maine would be your best.
Can probably do the whole state in that time period if they are experienced.
If not, maybe all but the 100 mile wilderness.

270 or so miles in Maine in 10 - 14 days? I'll take the over on that one.

If you want hard start at Katahdin and head south. I wouldn't plan on more than 12 - 15 miles per day. If you want easy start at Bear Mountain in NY and head north. Easiest would be Harpers Ferry south as that would get you thru the Shendoahs.

Cookerhiker
03-21-2013, 16:04
Hike all of New Hampshire. Start at Hanover where the first few days are relatively easy before getting to the spectacular Whites.

MuddyWaters
03-21-2013, 18:34
South in higher elevations isnt too bad. It could be 55 at night, or it could be in low 70s. But water becomes more scarce sometimes.

Hike somewhere with water for sure.

Nooga
03-21-2013, 20:35
Hike all of New Hampshire. Start at Hanover where the first few days are relatively easy before getting to the spectacular Whites.

I agree. If not NH, then MA

Specops55
03-21-2013, 20:49
Maine and New Hampshire that time of the year the " 101st BLACKFLY DIVISION " is out in full attack mode!!!!

DavidNH
03-21-2013, 20:49
Mid July... avoid Southern Appalachians. Avoid mid-Atlantic. I think i'd be looking at New Hampshire.. maybe Hanover to Pinkham notch.. depending on how much time you have. Even southern VT can see 100 degree temps in mid July.

DavidNH
03-21-2013, 20:50
Maine and New Hampshire that time of the year the " 101st BLACKFLY DIVISION " is out in full attack mode!!!!
Love this! Black Flies are NO JOKE in northern New England!!!!

shelb
03-21-2013, 23:25
If it is your first A.T. hike, I would recommend Shenandoah National Park (SNP). You could hike the park from Rockfish Gap (Waynesboro) to Front Royal which is 110 miles. If you wanted to add another 50, hike to Harpers Ferry. Another 55? continue on to PennMar Park in Pennsylvania.

Yes, it will be hot at that time. 3 years ago, I hiked it with a couple teen boys, and they loved it - heat and all!

Cookerhiker
03-22-2013, 18:12
Maine and New Hampshire that time of the year the " 101st BLACKFLY DIVISION " is out in full attack mode!!!!


Love this! Black Flies are NO JOKE in northern New England!!!!

Aren't black flies well past their peak by mid-July? Now mosquitoes, that's another story.

LIhikers
03-29-2013, 21:45
If you like blueberries then consider PA. Just know it'll be hot and humid.

Mountain Mike
03-29-2013, 23:12
Hike all of New Hampshire. Start at Hanover where the first few days are relatively easy before getting to the spectacular Whites.
Agree here! Black flies should be gone by then Hanover & Pinkham have bus service to Logan & Manchester Airports if you opt to fly.