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Description - White Mountain's Ranger Districts include four offices with Maine's Evans Notch (a former ranger district) serving as an information center. The districts are broken into quadrants with each office stationed at the outer edge of the Forest. The districts include Ammonoosuc in the northwestern area, Androscoggin in the northeastern area, Pemigewasset in the southwestern area and Saco in the southeastern area.

The White Mountain National Forest offers the highest peak north of the Smokey Mountains and east of the Mississippi. The National Forest is within a day's drive of Boston, Portland, New York and Quebec. This beautiful forest is comprised of eight square miles of alpine surroundings in three separate areas.

Five wilderness areas grace the land including: The Great Gulf Wilderness, 5,552 acres; Dry River Wilderness / Presidential Range, 27,380 acres; The Sandwich Range, 25,000 acres; Pemigewasset Wilderness, 45,000 acres; and Caribou-Speckled Wilderness, 12,000 acres.

Recreation - Known as the playground of the East, White Mountain National Forest offers an incredible assortment of recreation activities for every taste imaginable. Known for its mountain hiking, climbing and downhill skiing other opportunities abound as well including many public and private opportunities. State parks dot the landscape offering visitor centers, hiking trails, swimming, mountain biking, paddleboating, campgrounds, picnic groves, viewing covered bridges, viewing waterfalls and mountain scenery, wildlife watching and cold-water fishing along scenic byways and drives. Private opportunities include golf, museums, art and antique shops, water sports, scenic railroad rides, boat cruises and exploring glacial caves.

Climate - New Hampshire residents experience four distinct seasons. Winter can be cold with average temperatures ranging around 19 degrees Fahrenheit. The cold temperatures humidity bring heavy, water-laden snow to all parts of the state. Spring begins in mid-March and lasts through May. This time of the year is referred to as mud season in the mountains. The sugar is flowing early in the season and wild flowers bloom toward the end of it. Summer is the busiest season of the year for the tourism industry. This is an excellent time to travel, mountain roads are open and most of the mud has dried. Average summer temperatures range around 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Fall brings the leaf lookers to see the spectacular colors of the deciduous trees. Expect to see bus loads of people enjoying the crisp fall New England weather.

Location - Androscoggin Ranger Station is approximately .5 mile south of US 2 on SR 16.

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Filed By: Peter Finch (Clinton, Conn)
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Report: Summitted Mt. Cabot from "Heaths Gate" on 24 Aug 2005. Found as described in AMC's WMG (Previous to Current Edition). No signage or trail markings for first few km. Trail Closed sign noticed at junction with Kilkenny Ridge Tr. Per Andro RS, closed due to land dispute. Car was parked clear of fire hydrant from 1800 to 1145 hours sans problems. Cabin at summit found open and ready for use.

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Contact Information:
Androscoggin Ranger Station, 300 Glenn Road , Gorham, NH, 03581, Phone: 603-466-2713, TTY: 603-466-2856

Additional Information:
White Mountain National Forest - Cloaked with forests and laced with streams, the White Mountain rises in dramatic relief north of New Hampshire's central plateau. Among the ranges and ridges are the highest mountains in the Northeast.


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