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    Best Rainy Day Hikes in Whites

    Apologies for asking a old question:
    With rain forecast for this Sunday, what's your favorite 5-10 mi. hike in the Whites in the rain, in this buggy, muddy pre-season?

    Itching to hit a trail this weekend with the fam.
    Cabot?
    Passaconaway?
    What about Willey?

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    Garfield. Not too many slippery, rutty roots on that trail, either.

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    Waumbek. Really. No water crossings, and the woods between Starr King and Waumbek are absolutely gorgeous in the misty grey.
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    I second the vote for Waumbek.
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    There are a few good threads on the subject here and here.

    All three of the peaks you mentioned are great rainy day hikes. In fact, most of the 4k peaks are! The only thing you really need to look out for are the water crossings if 2+ inches of rain is expected over the course of the day...
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    If it doesn't have to be a 4k, and it's really pouring, our family always goes for a waterfall! Sometimes we do a hiking / driving waterfall tour.

    Other thoughts -
    Greeley Ponds from Waterville Valley

    Pemi Trail from the Basin up to Lafayette CG, to Echo Lake, to Cannon, then back down again. Lots of water to be seen!

    Arethesa Falls, Frankenstein Cliff loop

    Have fun.
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    Heading up into the Great Gulf could be fun. The stream (river?) is very pretty.

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    Depends how wet. Did Whiteface & Passaconaway in a bad rain storm, Whiteface was brutal, parts of passaconaway bad but other parts drained well. crossngs could be an issue with melting snow also.

    Waumbek is good even in heavy rain. Agree on waterfall destination.

    Pierce is good too, just enough exposure even in wind to say, this would be bad higher or longer out there but shelter is close by.

    Greeley from Route 112 can be pretty wet.
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    For rainy day hikes I usually choose a waterfalls hike. Zealand Falls and Thoreau Falls are two of my favorites.
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    At this time of year, in the rain, a short hike to a raging river or a waterfall sounds like a great idea. However, 5 to 10 miles in the White Mountains, in the rain. No. It's hypothermia weather. I'd rather stay home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BF View Post
    At this time of year, in the rain, a short hike to a raging river or a waterfall sounds like a great idea. However, 5 to 10 miles in the White Mountains, in the rain. No. It's hypothermia weather. I'd rather stay home.
    Rain does not cause hypothermia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sierra View Post
    Rain does not cause hypothermia.
    Oh really? Please elaborate. I'm eager to hear this.
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    If it's cold and raining outside, and you were warm and dry under your clothes and gear, how could you get hypothermia?

    Days like today are good for long, flat walks to a pond or a waterfall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mirabela View Post
    Heading up into the Great Gulf could be fun. The stream (river?) is very pretty.

    The Peabody floods very easily. I've been stuck on the wrong side after a long night of rain, and had to wade across an area that was below my ankles on the way in.

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    I like to hike to where I can take shelter for lunch. It's too late for your Sunday hike, which I hope you enjoyed. If it is rainy and cold I try to stay below tree line.

    Nobody has talked about equipment. If it is warm and rainy (or if I'm working hard on an uphill) I would rather have the rain cool me down and get me wet rather than wearing a rain jacket which I'd get wet under by being too warm. I've learned the joys of hiking with an umbrella, and would recommend one with a long handle that could slip in through the sternum strap to waist strap. I was afraid that would be uncomfortable, but it wasn't, probably because I have enough "gristle." I've heard that pack covers don't work well, but I'm a fan. I forgot mine yesterday and used a tarp poncho to cover my pack. On the trip down, I knew I would be cooler so wore my rain attire.
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