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New Hampshire Backpacking Trails

Boston, MA: Mt. Washington in Winter

Get the closest to the Alps without leaving the States—by traversing the Presidentials, including Mt. Washington, in winter. BY RYAN WICHELNS

Boston, MA: Middle Mountain

Take a breather from hiking the Presidentials and take in New Hampshire's White Mountains from a whole new perspective.

Boston, MA: Mount Washington via Lion Head Winter Route

Climb the peak with the infamous moniker "Home of the World's Weather" in winter.

White Mountain National Forest: Mount Madison

This steep 7.8-mile hike climbs through deep forest and alpine tundra to the summit of one of New Hampshire’s famed Presidentials for views as far as Maine.

Manchester, NH: Falling Waters-Old Bridle Path

Climb past cascading waterfalls, alongside rocky ledges, and over three exposed summits on this 7.8-mile loop, which offers some of the best views in the White Mountains.

White Mountain National Forest: Mt. Moosilauke

This 7.3-mile loop hike takes you up a steep, rocky trail to an exposed, treeless summit that’s the southwesternmost high peak in the White Mountains, and one of the prettiest.

Concord: Mt. Flume via Flume Slide Trail

Hike through Franconia Notch State Park’s legendary birch forest before scrambling up the steep, polished, granite slabs of Mt. Flume on this 8.4-miler.

White Mountain National Forest: Kinsman Pond

Follow this 9.9-mile loop past refreshing swimming holes and idyllic off-trail campsites to the evergreen shoreline of Kinsman Pond.

Boston: Mt. Monadnock Loop

Hike 4.6 miles up the quieter, less-traveled west side on one of the mountain’s oldest trails, alternating between forested scrambles, old streambeds, and exposed rock ledges.

White Mountain National Forest: South Moat Mountain

This brisk out-and-back quickly climbs nearly 2,000 feet in 2.5 miles to a long ridgeline with views of the Whites and a breezy summit.

White Mountain National Forest: Mount Washington via Tuckerman Ravine

Bag the most famous peak in the Presidential Range in a long day, or spend a weekend enjoying the views on this classic 7.8-mile summit route.

White Mountain National Forest: Baldface Mountain Loop

Climb nearly 4,000 vertical feet, scramble up rock ledges, explore a gorge, and summit two mountains on this 8.3-mile White Mountain adventure.

White Mountain National Forest: Twin Mountains to Gale River Loop

Bag two peaks while enjoying stunning views of Mt. Washington and Vermont’s Green Mountains on this 10.3-mile horseshoe hike.

White Mountain National Forest: Mount Garfield and Galehead Mountain

Go for two ragged 4,000-foot peaks in the pristine Pemigewasset Wilderness on this 14.2-mile backpacking loop.

Manchester, NH: Mountain Trail

This gentle 4.8-mile climb strings through the thick woods of Pawtuckaway State Park to a fire tower lookout with four-star mountaintop views.

Boston: Mount Monadnock

This 4.4-miler winds through mixed forest, ascends rock slabs, and climbs to an exposed summit with endless views of New England.

White Mountain National Forest: Franconia Ridge-Cannon Mountain-Lonesome Lake Loop

Travel the rugged spines of Franconia and Kinsman Ridges on this 13.8-miler that offers five summits, numerous campsites, and unrivaled views.

White Mountain National Forest: Mount Eisenhower and Mount Pierce

Check off two 4,000-footers and walk the nation’s oldest continuously maintained trail on this 7.4-mile horseshoe route in the rugged Presidential Range.

White Mountain National Forest: Mount Moriah via Stony Brook Trail

This 9.4-mile summit climb hooks around wooded slopes, past a cascading brook to a summit with fine views of the White Mountains.

White Mountain National Forest: East Pond-Little East Pond Loop

Hit the shorelines of two mountain ponds on this not-so-tough 4.9-mile loop in New England’s White Mountains.

Concord: Mount Major Loop

Climb to the top of a rocky summit above island-dotted Lake Winnipesaukee on this popular 3.8-mile loop in the Belknap Mountains.

White Mountain National Forest: Thoreau Falls

Gaze down the barrel of a waterfall and visit a secluded pond on this 10.2-mile section hike of the Appalachian Trail.

Appalachian Trail: Cape Moonshine Road to USFS 19

Several reasons to explore this mostly forested 9.4-mile trip: Two shelters, countless springtime wildflowers, a lovely pond, and a summit bid on Mount Mist.

Appalachian Trail: USFS 19 to NH 112

Climb more than 3,300 feet on this adventurous dayhike up Mount Moosilauke, a 4,802-foot bald with airy views of the White Mountains and New Hampshire.

Appalachian Trail: Hogan Road to ME 26

On this 27.7-mile course into Maine, you’ll hike, climb–even scramble hand-over-foot–over glacial leftovers and up the rocky flanks of Goose Eye Mountain in the Mahoosuc Range.

Appalachian Trail: Pinkham Notch Visitor Center to Hogan Road

Best done in three days, this 19.6-mile leg traces ridgelines, drops into deep-cut notches, and offers breathtaking views of nearby mountains.

Appalachian Trail: US 302 to Pinkham Notch Visitor Center

The lofty goal on this 23.5-miler–more than half of which runs above treeline–is Mount Washington, the most notorious and highest peak in New Hampshire. On bluebird days, views stretch for 100-plus miles. Tip: Check the forecast before you go; weather blows in fast.

Appalachian Trail: Flume Visitor Center to US 302

This challenging 27.7-mile section traverses the Willey Range, and the Zealand, Garfield and Franconia Ridges. The payoff: Postcard mountain views, beautiful mountain huts, and the longest stretch of roadless wilderness in New Hampshire.

Appalachian Trail: NH 112 to Flume Visitor Center

This 15.8-miler climbs more than 3,500 feet past mountain lakes and waterfalls–all deserving of a lunchtime break or a pause for photographs.

White Mountain National Forest: Mount Carrigain

This ambitious 2-day trek in New Hampshire’s White Mountains tackles two of the hundred highest peaks in New England and mixes in an off-trail summit ascent along the way.

Manchester, NH: Dixville Peak via Cohos Trail

Explore a wild path that leads through quiet woods and over vista-packed summits.

White Mountain National Forest: Mount Washington via Tuckerman-Boott Spur Loop

On this 7.9-mile loop, you’ll ascend Tuckerman Ravine and scramble up broad boulder fields to a well-earned summit overlook in the White Mountains.

Solitude in America

The BACKPACKER map team along with the help of regional experts and cartographers plotted roads, cities, and airports–and the wilderness areas farthest away from them–to find the most remote locations in the Lower 48.

White Mountain National Forest: Mount Nancy

Trek past cascades and ponds to an unmaintained herd path up to Mount Nancy, a belt-notch for those looking to tag New England’s Hundred Highest Peaks.

Appalachian Trail: Elm Street to Cape Moonshine Road

Pass Dartmouth College, hike over Smarts Mountain, and explore thick woodlands on this multi-day, 36-mile trip. Peakbaggers: Several side trails lead to nearby summits.

Manchester, NH: Mounts Morgan and Percival

Bag 2 summits in a 4-hour day of New Hampshire climbing.

Manchester, NH: The Bonds

Climb a trio of peaks with bird’s eye views of the Presidentials on this 20-mile out-and-back in White Mountain National Forest.

White Mountain National Forest: Mount Osceola

Conquering two of New Hampshire’s 4,000-foot summits, this 7-mile out-and-back ascends the spine of Mount Osceola before scrambling up a narrow rock passage to a Mount Washington overlook.

White Mountain National Forest: Franconia Ridge

Bag three peaks above 4,000 feet on this classic 8.2-mile Franconia Ridge Loop in the White Mountains.

White Mountain National Forest: Kinsman Mountain

Tackle two 4,000-foot White Mountain peaks (and 4,000 feet of climbing) on this 10.1-mile out-and-back to a tree-covered ridgeline with panoramic views.

White Mountain National Forest: Carter Range and Wildcat Range

A two-day peak-bagging trek in the White Mountains, this 15.4-mile shuttle traces the spines of the Carter and Wildcat Ranges, cresting five 4,000-foot peaks.

White Mountain National Forest: Mount Morgan & Mount Percival

This 4.7-mile loop in the Squam Lake region of the White Mountains ascends Mounts Morgan and Percival and challenges dayhikers with tight caves and boulder scrambles.

White Mountain National Forest: Eisenhower, Pierce, and Jackson (submitted #1)

One way hike to summit three 4,000 foot peaks along the Southern Presidentials

White Mountain National Forest: Mount Starr King and Mount Waumbek

Tag two summits in the Pliny Range (including a White Mountain 4,000-footer) on this moderate, 6.3-mile out-and-back.

White Mountain National Forest: Mount Washington via Tuckerman-Boott Spur Loop (Copy)

On this 7.9-mile loop, you’ll ascend Tuckerman Ravine and scramble up broad boulder fields to a well-earned summit overlook in the White Mountains.

Boston: Welch-Dickey Loop

Click off two 2,500-plus foot peaks, sample from entry-level scrambling on granite slabs on this 3.8 mile loop.

Boston: Piper Trail

Beeline up a 3,500 peak, and skirt slabby granite with views of New Hampshire’s White Mountains and central New Hampshire’s Lake Country.

White Mountain National Forest: Presidential Traverse

Track over peaks named for American royalty on this monster 20.5-mile dayhike in the Whites.

Manchester, NH: Mt. Major Loop

Take this easy 3.8-mile loop for soaring views over one of New Hampshire’s most famous lakes.

White Mountain NF: Mt. Adams and Mt. Madison Loop

Ascend two White Mountain peaks on this 8.5-mile sneak route to the Appalachian Trail’s best view in the state.

Crawford Notch, NH: Mount Webster and Mount Jackson

Claim a rare feat on this classic-in-waiting loop.

White Mountains Classic Summits

Looking for the top peakbagging trips in the Presidentials? With this Pro Bundle, get five handpicked hikes to well-earned vistas over the White Mountain Range.

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