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Fall Foliage Backcountry Bike & Hike

Fall is the perfect time to visit New Hampshire’s White Mountains as dense forests explode into reds, oranges, yellows, and purples. Every September and October, leaf peepers from around the world arrive to enjoy Mother Nature’s fabulous show and there is no better way to see it than up close on a bicycle and hiking through the White Mountain National Forest. This tour is based at the Appalachian Mountain Club's (AMC) Highland Center in Crawford Notch, NH. This award-winning and environmentally sound wilderness lodge will be our home for the weekend where we will enjoy delicious, hearty, home-cooked meals and backcountry lodging in bunk rooms that fit in with the surrounding environment. The lodge complements the landscape with a unique blend of ecological sustainability and creature comforts making it a very welcoming place to stay.

Tour Start/End: AMC Highland Center, Crawford Notch, New Hampshire
Length of Tour: 3 days, 2 nights
Price: $375 - includes lodging in bunk rooms, all meals on tour (2 breakfasts, 2 lunches 2 dinners), snacks, taxes and gratuities.
Dates: Friday, September 26 - Sunday, September 28 and Friday, October 3 - Sunday, October 5
Trip Parking: Available at start/end point, AMC Highland Center
Airport transportation provided from: Portland, Maine ($25 each way)

DAY 1: We begin our tour at the AMC's Highland Center - a breathtaking setting in wild and scenic Crawford Notch. Feel free to check in after 2pm and enjoy a short hike or just lounge around the lodge and soak in the beauty of the surrounding mountains. We'll meet before dinner to discuss the ride & review the routes before enjoying a hearty family-style dinner in the lodge dining room.
Lodging: AMC Highland Center, Crawford Notch, NH 603-278-HIKE www.outdoors.org

DAY 2: : A hearty breakfast will be served before we head out around 9 a.m. for a full day of cycling. Our ride today will take us north and west as we meander through the White Mountain National Forest and the mountain villages of Twin Mountain, Whitefield and Bethlehem. Stately mountain peaks, gentle rolling hills, farmland, the Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge and two of NH's Grand Hotels will be in our sights today. We will stop along the way and enjoy a delicious lunch while taking in the stunning beauty of our surroundings.
Lodging: AMC Highland Center, Crawford Notch, NH 603-278-HIKE www.outdoors.org
Cycling mileage: 40 - 50 miles and easy ride option of 20 miles.

Day 3: Another hearty breakfast will fuel us up for our hike today. The Highland Center sits in the middle of the national forest so we have a myriad of hiking options available. Regardless of which trail we select today, we will pass by tumbling waterfalls, trees ablaze in color, and craggy mountain peaks. We will arrive back at the AMC no later than 3pm to say our goodbyes.
Hike duration:2-3 hours.

White Mountains Weather:
  September October
High 70° 59°
Low 44° 36°
Mean 57° 57°
Precip. 4.1 in. 4.1 in.
Note: All temperatures are in degrees Fahrenheit.

Please note: All mileage is approximate. Most days offer a range of mileage options to suit a variety of abilities. Accommodations and routes subject to change at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or circumstances beyond Vesta Velo’s control.

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