Free and online: “Top 25 Hikes for Kids”

I recently tried out AMC’s online guide to the White Mountains. I’ve been intrigued before but haven’t taken the time to register. What finally got me to take a look at it was a new list of “Top 25 Hikes for Kids” that includes maps and detailed, printable trip itineraries.

As I’ve said here before, I’m attached to my guidebooks. My favorites become decorated with sticky tags and annotations, guides to my life outdoors. Still, the chance to put maps and hike descriptions together, and to print out only what I need for a particular trip seemed attractive.

After I became a member of the White Mountain Guide Online community, I clicked over to the map of the White Mountains and selected “Hikes with Kids” in the “Suggested Hikes” category. The list of 25 hikes showed up on the right side of my screen.

These hikes are culled from AMC’s Best Day Hikes in the White Mountains guidebook. I recognized such family favorites as the trail to Lonesome Lake from Lafayette Campground and the easy walk to Elephant Head ledge on the Webster-Jackson trail. The list focuses on hikes to waterfalls, lakes, and the classic family-friendly summits like West Rattlesnake in the Squam Range.

I printed out maps and routes for several hikes we’d like to try this season. I noticed that the online community also contains reports from members, updates on trail conditions and, especially, the ability to create and print out custom routes. I’ll check back during my 30-day free trial.

Trying out the White Mountain Guide Online doesn’t mean I’m ready to pack up the guidebooks on my bookshelf. Whatever hike we choose, I’ll still read their longer descriptions and essays for context and history before we actually hit the trail.

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Great Kids, Great Outdoors” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Kristen Laine.

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