New Hampshire Hiking Trails

northern presidential rangeThe Presidential Range. Mt. Washington. The White Mountain National Forest. Franconia Notch State Park. The Pemigewasset Wilderness. The list goes on and on. Fact is, New Hampshire is a tiny state with enormous hiking opportunities. The only problem here is deciding which hike to do next. Hopefully our selection of New Hampshire hiking trail reviews can help you decide. If there’s a trail you’d like to see us cover, please drop us a line and let us know — we have trouble picking too!

Webster-Jackson Trail Viewpoint

Winter Hike Mt. Jackson via the Jackson-Webster Trail

5.2 miles round trip 4-6 hours Weekend Warriors Ben and I pulled off Rt. 302 just south of the AMC Highland Center at 9:45 am. Even in the dead of February with a winter storm watch going into effect later

The steep section of Mt. Flume's Osseo Trail offers a sneak-peek of the summit view of the Pemi Wilderness and the Mt. Bond/Bondcliff traverse.

Mt. Flume Winter Hike Via the Osseo Trail

Mt. Flume offers an ideal early-season winter hike to break-in your snow hiking legs with a moderate (by White Mountains’ standards) 11-mile trek via the Osseo, Lincoln Woods and Franconia Ridge trails.

Moosilauke Beaver Brook Waterfall 2

Hike Mt. Moosilauke via the Beaver Brook Trail

The Beaver Brook Trail on Mt. Moosilauke is a rough, and, if you’re not careful, easy-to-go-for-a-fateful-tumble hike. The physical price of admission is steep with 3,150 feet of elevation gain over cascades of rocks, wood-block steps and metal rungs, all often perilously close to the ravine’s edge, especially when wet. The arduous entrance fee is worth Mother Nature’s show with seemingly endless waterfalls headlined by a spectacular open summit.

Mt. Washington in Goggles

“Spring” Hike Mt. Washington & Mt. Monroe via the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail

Bear in mind that “spring” is a relative term. While the snowbanks have finally retreated across most of New England, an early April hike finds winter in full bloom on Mt. Washington and its Presidential Range brethren. The 2.4 miles

Wilderness Trail in Winter

Winter Hike the Bondcliff Trail

Let’s see if this makes sense: there’s no truly difficult part of climbing Bondcliff in New Hampshire’s White Mountains and the Pemigewasset Wilderness. The first 50 percent of the hike covering the Lincoln Woods Trail and Wilderness Trail is all flat, heavily traveled ground. Yes, there are a few steep sections on the Bondcliff Trail—show me a 4,000-foot mountain in the Northeast that doesn’t have some serious ups—but even these are quite forgiving by White Mountains’ standards.

Cannon Mountain Ski Lift

Winter Hike Cannon Mountain & North Kinsman

Cannon Mountain, North Kinsman, and the Lonesome Lake area are widely popular amongst casual and serious hikers in all seasons. On a good-weather day, all it takes is one glance from a scenic vista looking over Franconia Notch at Mt. Lafayette and Franconia Ridge to see why. Of course, the trailhead location amid Lafayette Campground with its own I-93 exit is also a contributing factor.

New Hampshire’s Top Ten Peaks

New Hampshire's ten highest peaks (elevation in feet) using the AMC's rule where each peak must rise at least 200 feet from the low point of a connecting ridge to a neighboring summit are:

1. Washington, 6,288
2. Adams, 5,774
3. Jefferson, 5,712
4. Monroe, 5,384
5. Madison, 5,367
6. Lafayette, 5,260
7. Lincoln, 5,089
8. South Twin, 4,902
9. Carter Dome, 4,832
10. Moosilauke, 4,802

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