KSTEWART.NET Hiking Maps Page
Hiking Map Pages:
Links below go to maps. "Hotspot maps" have scroll-over links to my photo albums from Peakbagger lists of mountains in New England. (What is peakbagging? read here).
Hotspot map list (in progress)
New Hampshire 4000 footers, any season (48 peaks).
New England 4000 footers, any season (add 14 in Maine and 5 in Vermont).
Here's a general locator map of the New England 100 Highest, any season. Photo album linked-Map of South Eastern portions (VT and NH). Photo Album-linked Map of NorthEast section (ME).
Where the mountains are
"Bloom where you are planted".
I live in New England so of course that's where I hike. And now that I'm (almost) done with these peakbagging lists, I look forward to being more spontaneous with my Nature walks, going anywhere my friends and I feel like... including walks on the beach, maybe Halibut Point in Rockport MA, and closer hills like Mt Wachusett MA.
Of course the drama of taller peaks and the majesty of grand vistas still beckons... but where exactly? As hinted at in my peakbagging pages, simple Elevation of a mountain is one way to choose a peak, descriptions and stories from other hikers is another source of inspiration (e.g AMC guide books).
After hiking the tallest 100 peaks in New England, I find the qualities of Prominence and "Reduced Spire Measure" to be very interesting. If a Hollywood movie director was to ask me for locations to shoot a mountain film in New England my top five would be in this order: Katahdin, Adams, Bigelow, Lafeyette, Washington. Note that Washington is taller than all the others, and that my memory of the most dramatic peaks is very close to this list of Reduced Spire Measure.
High points in Eastern United States.
For what it's worth, the tallest mountains in the Eastern US are actually in the Central Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains. North Carolina has the tallest, Mt Mitchell (at 6684') and #3 - 6 high points. Tennessee has #2 Clingman's Dome and #7. New Hampshire's Mt Washington is #8 in elevation at 6288'. Here is a locator map for some of these Eastern High points.
Thinking a little more broadly, Quebec has some dramatic mountains in the Chic-chocs. Also, I hope to return to Mt Gosford, Mt Megantic and hike in the Laurentians (Laurentides). But for simple elevation, you have to travel far north to Mt. Caubvick in the interior Torngats in Labrador to get 5420'.
"Go West young man"
So where are the mountains? Out west of course!
I believe the nearest glaciers are in the Rockies, and just a quick glimpse at list of highpoints or prominence of western mountains makes me envious.
Here's a map of North America with some highpoints highlighted and listed.
Here's a map of some taller and notable peaks in North America (based on Reduced Spire Masure): This first map omits Alaska and Mexico to allow for some detail / resolution. The second map includes some Alaskan peaks.
Alaska is in a class all its own not only for the tallest mountain in North America - Denali at 20320' - but many of its mountain ranges rise straight out of the ocean making them very dramatic. Denali (a.k.a. Mt McKinley) is actually #3 on the World's Most Prominent peaks.
An acquaintence recently told me about hiking in Chugach state park in Anchorage. I found that those Chugach mountains include Mt Palmer 6940' (which is within the municipality of Anchorage) and about 75 miles from Anchorage is Mt. Marcus Baker at 13,176'.
That must be nice.
"Where I am, that's where it's at"
To come full circle, a philosophy I try to practice includes this belief: "You are right where you are supposed to be".
This paradox seems to be useful - I love to climb mountains, and yet I am right where I am supposed to be at this moment. "If I have to move 10 feet from where I am right now to be happy I never will be" (Tim Hansel). There is always "more", there's always taller, more prestige, more competition.
I'm not sure how I "get it" but somehow "it" comes to me... "it" being contentment, satisfaction, or serenity.
Instead of "the pursuit of happiness" I try to...cultivate a state of mind / being which allows serenity to find me.
Q: "Why can I not find happiness?"
A: "Quit running away from it..."
Q: "What is your favorite dance? Merengue, Swing, Rumba...?"
A: "People often ask me that question: 'what is my favorite'. I do not have a favorite, I try them all... I just like to dance."
As Bob Marley said "Where I am, that's where it's at".