White Mountain National Forest: Presidential Traverse

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

Hikers come from all over the country to dayhike these 20 miles—with 9,000 feet of elevation gain over nine named peaks—so it’s no surprise it’s a local fave. You’ll need a 5 a.m. start, but dawn breaking on Mt. Madison more than compensates for the early rise. Bonus: ice cream at the summit of 6,288-foot Mt. Washington in summertime. Miles from city center: 90

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 33.0

Waypoints

MWT001

Location: 44.217124, -71.412592

Trailhead

MWT002

Location: 44.205297, -71.411541

Turn L for spur trail leading to big Crawford Notch views.

MWT003

Location: 44.203958, -71.41315

Summit of Mt. Willlard