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
- Distance: 33.0
Location: 44.217124, -71.412592
Location: 44.205297, -71.411541
Turn L for spur trail leading to big Crawford Notch views.
Location: 44.203958, -71.41315
Summit of Mt. Willlard