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Man wearing backpack standing near stream pointing at camera with smile Image by Daniel Cremin

Lonesome Lake

Lonesome Lake is a 12.2-acre water body located in Franconia Notch in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, south of Cannon Mountain. There are several choices of trails, and all are occasionally steep. The lake features an Appalachian Mountain Club hut, which first opened in 1930, on its southwest shore. The lake lies in the Merrimack River watershed, meaning it eventually sends the same water flowing right past UMass Lowell on its way to the ocean.

group of students smiling at the top of Monadnock Mountain with panoramic view beyond Image by Libby McGrosky

Mt. Monadnock

Mount Monadnock is is the most prominent mountain peak in southern New Hampshire. Monadnock has a bald only-rock summit, which provides awesome view all around! At 3,165 feet, Mount Monadnock is nearly 1,000 feet (305 m) higher than any other mountain peak within 30 miles (48 km) and rises 2,000 feet (610 m) above the surrounding landscape. Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau were known to write about Mt Monadnock.

Group on a high trail in the White Mountains

Mt Moosilauke

Mount Moosilauke is a 4,802-foot mountain at the southwestern end of the White Mountains. It is closest to the town of Benton, New Hampshire. It is the tenth highest and most southwesterly of the 4,000 foot summits in the White Mountains. The Appalachian Trail passes over Mt Moosilauke, and it has a bald top with lovely views all around. 

Snowy overlook with two people in winter gear looking out

Mt Cardigan

Mount Cardigan is a prominent bare-rock summit near the town of Orange in western New Hampshire. Its peak is only 3,155 feet (962 m) above sea level, but because of its large areas of bare granite ledges and alpine scrub, it feels like a much higher mountain. 

Wachusett pond in summer with Washusett hill in the background Image by Bethany Bourgault

Mount Wachusett

Mount Wachusett is a 2,006-foot mountain near Princeton, Massachusetts. Mount Wachusett is home to both the Wachusett Mountain State Reservation and a downhill ski area. It has fantastic trails for hiking, and they are also used for biking or cross-country skiing. On clear days, you can see to Mt Monadnock to the north in New Hampshire and even a far-off glimpse of Boston to the east. A band of old growth trees is just below the summit, with some trees which have been growing for over 350 years old! The name Wachusett is derived from a Native American Algonquin term meaning "mountain place." The trails here are more gentle compared to many NH peaks, so our Wellness Day Hike often heads to this location.

Skill Level

No previous hiking experience necessary. Each person should have a fitness level suitable for hiking approximately 4-6 miles, including some steep sections. 


Many of our hiking trips happen in fall or spring. Generally you can expect New England evenings to be surprisingly cool, even on a warm day. Most weather is perfectly great weather for hiking, even rain. The only weather that will cause us to pause while on the trail is thunderstorms/lightning. Ridgelines or summits of mountains are likely to be quite chilly. If it is very windy and/or cool, we may limit the time we spend on various high points. Be prepared for hiking in fall or spring (and even summer) by bringing warm layers and rain layers, even when the forecast is for warm weather in Lowell, and carefully review the packing list below. Remember, we do have some warm layers you can rent for free with your reservation on a day hiking trip. 

Packing List

The items on this list are strongly recommended for your trip. The weather forecast and your thermal perception (i.e. if you generally feel cold easily or often feel hot) should be considered when packing.

  • Online medical questionnaire and waiver
  • Hiking Shoes or Boots with good tread, and ideally with ankle support
  • Hiking Socks 1 pair wool mid-weight hiking style are required, especially for wet conditions and blister prevention; 2-3 pairs is ideal
  • *Gaiters Useful in winter or early spring conditions
  • Extra pair of Socks and Shoes to wear in the van, so you have happy feet to start and end your trip
  • Bottoms Pants/Shorts/Skirt, Quick-dry, non-cotton, no jeans
  • Shirts long-sleeve and/or short-sleeve, Quick-dry, non-cotton
  • Base layer tops and bottoms recommended in cool or cold seasons (November through April). Quick-drying material such as nylon or polyester required
  • Sunglasses Sun protection
  • Baseball Cap/Full-Brim Hat Sun protection
  • Bandana Versatile: sweat rag, hanky, napkin, etc.
  • Warm jacket layers Fleece/wool/puffy top layer, should be compact
  • *Warm Hat Cold weather; wool or fleece
  • Gloves Cold weather
  • Rain jacket/shell and rain pants Jacket is a must, as weather in the mountains can change suddenly.
  • Camera (or camera phone) A protective case is highly recommended
  • Personal environmental supplies Sunscreen, lip balm, bug spray
  • Day pack small backpack for extra layers, water bottle and snacks
  • Personal Medications
  • Medical Insurance Card
  • Money for food on the road and/or possible souvenirs
  • *Headlamp You must provide 3AAA batteries if borrowing one of ours
  • *Trekking poles optional
  • *2 Water Bottles Hydration; start hydrating the day before

*All items with an asterisk are available to check-out and included in the cost of your registration.

Any personal equipment you wish to bring is subject to trip leader approval.

OAP will provide all the necessary group items, including first aid kit, emergency communication device, and maps.

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