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!

First glimpse of the fire tower atop Mt. Cardigan.

Hike Mt. Cardigan Via the Holt Trail

The short, ominous option to the right was the class three Holt Trail, and it was the reason we came. Under the Yosemite Decimal System, class three is characterized by scrambling, necessary handholds, and falls that could “easily be fatal.” Hey, if we were going to drive three hours to a mountain we’ve already hiked once before, we might as well make it worth our while.

Kinsman Ridge Trail Sign

Spring Hike Cannon Mountain

Cannon Mountain marks our first spring hike in the White Mountains, and I was pretty excited about it. The warmer weather, the sunny skies, the ditching of snow pants: I couldn’t wait to get out there. There had been some tales of somewhat difficult spring trail conditions tossed about, but how bad can a little melting snow be?

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

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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