September, White Mountains New Hampshire

Signs of autumn foliage along Trudeau Road in Bethlehem, New Hampshire USA on the last day of summer in September.
Trudeau Road – Bethlehem, New Hampshire
 

September, White Mountains New Hampshire – You will find that many living in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and New England region love the month of September. This month is all about changes. Good bye to the warm summer days and hello to the cool autumn nights! I love the cool mornings we are having.

I suspect most want a foliage update so I with start with that. The leaves are changing quickly! Peak foliage in the Great North Woods and the White Mountains region will be in the next couple of weeks. And as of today I am finding enough foliage north of Franconia Notch to create images. This weekend should be great.

And an update for New England hikers. The Mittersill-Cannon Hiking Trail is closed to foot traffic because of improvements being done on Mittersill Mountain. Cannon Mountain staff verified this information in a phone conversation. It is unknown when the trail will reopen. Please don’t embarrass the hiking community by ignoring the closed trail signs. You can read the press release here.

Scenic viewpoint along Kinsman Ridge Trail in Franconia Notch State Park of the White Mountains, New Hampshire USA during the summer months.
Kinsman Ridge Trail – Cannon Mountain, New Hampshire
 

This month I spent a couple of days shooting around Cannon Mountain and in the Lafayette Brook Scenic Area of Franconia Notch State Park. If you only have time to visit one place in Franconia Notch, I would recommend Cannon Mountain. The views are excellent from the summit, and many of the trails leading to the summit have great views into Franconia Notch. And non-hikers can take the tram to the summit.

Bent yellow birch tree in Lafayette Brook Scenic Area in the White Mountains, New Hampshire USA during the summer months.
Lafayette Brook Scenic Area – White Mountains, New Hampshire
 

If you enjoy forests, you should consider spending a day in the Lafayette Brook Scenic Area. The old yellow birch trees behind Eagle Cliff are incredible! And the backcountry glades (above) will interest some skiers. I have yet to see skiers in the glades during the winter, but am sure they visit the area. The scenic area does have some very rugged terrain, and care needs to be given when exploring it.

Greeley Ponds Scenic Area in the White Mountains, New Hampshire.
Greeley Ponds Scenic Area – White Mountains, New Hampshire
 

Mid-September I spent a few hours at the ponds in the Greeley Ponds Scenic Area in Livermore. If you have not visited these ponds take some time to do so. The serenity is worth the short 1.7 mile hike along the Greeley Ponds Trail (off the Kancamagus Highway). The mountain reflection early in the morning is great!

Coffin Pond in Sugar Hill, New Hampshire USA during the late summer months.
Coffin Pond – Sugar Hill, New Hampshire
 

Did you know its calendar season? Above is Coffin Pond in Sugar Hill (taking this month). A similar image is on the cover of the 2015 White Mountains New Hampshire calendar. The White Mountains calendar is a great gift for anyone who loves the White Mountains. If interested, you can order calendars here. Thanks for reading, and you can view more new images from the month of September here.

Happy image making..


 

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Erin Paul is a professional photographer who specializes in environmental conservation and historic preservation photography in the New Hampshire White Mountains. His work is published worldwide, and credits include; Backpacker Magazine, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and The Wilderness Society.

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