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White Mountain National Forest Trails

The White Mountain National Forest is a 750,000+ acre-forest located in New Hampshire and Maine. The forest is comprised of six distinct designated wilderness areas, a number of 4,000 foot peaks, and over 1,200 miles of trails. Peak-baggers flock to the White Mountains to complete the Presidential Traverse, a challenging trek that runs the length of the White Mountains’ Presidential Range. The range’s crown is 6,288-ft Mount Washington, the tallest peak in the Northeast. Portions of the Appalachian Trail cross through the White Mountain National Forest.

The White Mountains region is two hours drive-time from Boston, and two and a half hours drive-time from Portland, Maine. The forest’s prime location, rugged landscape, and wealth of trails make it one of the most popular natural attractions in New England.

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: 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: 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.

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.