Any day spent hiking in and around Waterville Valley is a good day. But there’s something extra special about fall foliage hikes – forest and mountain views enhanced by vibrant colors, the sound of fallen leaves crunching under foot, the distinct smell of autumn in the air, and invigoratingly cool temps.
There are myriad hiking options, including guided hikes right here in Waterville Valley, home to the first network of hiking trails in America.
WVAIA, the Valley’s outdoor club, is offering a free guided hike of the Mad River Trail on Sunday, Oct. 13. WVAIA members and guests are welcomed. Meet at the gazebo in Town Square by 9 a.m. Will return to Town Square by noon. Questions? Email WVAIA.
The Recreation Department is also offering a couple of free guided hikes on Friday, Oct. 18 & 25.
The 18th hike is the East Pond Loop (moderate, 4.5 miles). Meet at the Rec. Dept. by 9:45 a.m. and plan for a 3 p.m. return. The 25th hike is Mt. Tecumseh (moderate/difficult, 6.8 miles). Meet at the Rec. Dept. by 9:45 a.m. and plan for a 3 p.m. return.
On Sunday, Oct. 20, the Rec. Dept. is offering a guided hike to the Waterville Valley Flume (moderate/difficult, 5.4 miles). Meet at the Rec. Dept. by 7:45 a.m. and return by 1 p.m. There is a fee to participate in this hike: $15 per person ($10 for members).
The Rec. Dept. hikes are limited to 13 spots, so sign-up online at watervillevalley.org/recreation or contact the Rec. at 603-236-4695.