Documentary explores one woman's efforts to make hiking more inclusive

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Mardi Fuller is an avid hiker and star of a new documentary about her relationship with the sport as a Black woman called "Mardi & the Whites." She joins us to talk about what she is doing to encourage other Black and brown people to head out on the trails. The full documentary is available to view in full, for free, here.

Mardi's New England hiking recommendations:

Breakheart Reservation
Saugus and Wakefield, Mass.

Easy: The Breakheart reservation trail is a 2-mile, mostly flat loop which accesses a lake beach, playground and picnic area.

Moderate: Ascend Breakheart hill trail for views of Boston.

Blue Hills Reservation
Canton, Mass.

This loop trail ascends Great Blue Hill and offers views of Boston as well as Mt Wachusett and Mount Monadnock on a clear day. Start at Reservation Headquarters and don't skip Elliot Tower, near the summit for the best city skyline view. Includes some moderate scrambling on ledges.

White Mountains:
Arethusa Falls and Ripley Falls; Crawford Notch State Park, near Bartlett, New Hampshire

There are a few options ranging from 1 mile to 5 miles to see these two waterfalls, two of the highest in New Hampshire. Via Bemis Brook trail, it is 3 miles and 950 feet of elevation gain.

Sawyer Pond
New Hampshire

Sawyer Pond Trail in Crawford Notch State Park. Beautiful Pond below Mount Tremont, 3 miles, 350 feet of elevation gain.

Greeley Ponds
Waterville Valley, New Hampshire

Roundtrip, it's 4.4 miles to two remote ponds in Mad River Notch.

Bridal Veil Falls
Near Franconia, New Hampshire

This one has a 2.5 mile, 1,100-foot elevation gain to a sprawling waterfall (also an excellent winter hike with the appropriate layers and foot traction).

The Sugarloaves
Near Twin Mountain, New Hampshire

These two peaks offer great views for moderate exertion. It's 3.4 miles and 1,100 feet elevation gain roundtrip to both summits, 1.4 miles and 900 feet to Middle Sugarloaf only.

Mount Crawford
Crawford Notch State Park, near Bartlett New Hampshire

Three hundred and sixty degree views over Crawford Notch on the historic Davis Path established in 1845. It's 5.3 miles, 2,116 feet of elevation gain. Strenuous.

The Percys
Near Stark, New Hampshire

Off the beaten path, and a bit of a trek from Boston, this hike offers stunning views without the crowds. Strenuous, some scrambling over ledges. Percy Peaks Trail, Percy Loop Trail, 6 miles and 2200 feet of elevation gain.

This segment aired on July 1, 2022.

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