I’ve always struggled with the term “weekend warrior” because I feel like it’s too often thrown at busy families with the implication that we are somehow less capable of appreciating the great outdoors than the “hardcore crowd” out there, geared up to the hilt and clearly prioritizing mastery of whatever activity is in question. Like hiking.
I’m learning to embrace the term more, however, largely as a result of embarking on numerous mountain adventures with my kids and, along the way, seeing all the other families out there who care a little bit less about equipment, technique and adding to their list of summits — and a little bit more about spending quality time together, away from the chains of handheld technology devices.
Let’s face it, juggling everyone’s unique summer schedules to be united at the same trailhead for a few hours of adventure qualifies us as warriors, so we should wear the term proudly, whether we’re lacing up the highest-rated hiking boots or skipping around in untied sneakers picking up every stick in sight.
New England mountain country, with its seemingly limitless network of legendary trails winding through awe-inspiring terrain, is a summer playground that challenges both elite outdoorspeople and weekend warriors alike. Following are 10 intermediate, can’t-miss, family-oriented hikes in the high country that do not require a ton of experience or gear. Before embarking on any hike, be sure to seek out more detailed information to ensure everyone is adequately prepared, including your canine friends.