The 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!
New Hampshire Hiking Trails
A loop hike of Mt. Monadnock via the White Dot and White Cross trails is a short, challenging, and tremendously fun adventure. Before tackling this hike with kids, you’ll want to read this post first.
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As the most direct route to the AMC’s Galehead Hut, along with access to Galehead Mountain, South Twin Mountain, the Appalachian Trail and the Pemi Loop, and it’s easy to see why the Gale River Trail is a major hiker thoroughfare in the White Mountain National Forest. But this trail is so much more than a line between points A and B. Beginning with a gradual hike along the North Branch of the Gale River, and ending with a steep, rocky climb, the Gale River Trail is a great escape. Tackle it in the spring for more on-trail alone time — just come prepared for ice.
Mt. Kearsarge via the Winslow Trail is the perfect beginner trek for those new to winter hiking. Whether young or young at heart, it’s the right combination of short and sweet with a few strenuous steep sections mixed in to test those snow legs and acclimate to winter traction. The open summit offers outstanding views with the opportunity to experience harsh winter winds without prolonged exposure. For experienced winter hikers, Mt. Kearsarge offers a quick getaway and a good early season hike.
The Hancock mountains, named after our nation’s forefather with the infamous signature, offer an enjoyable day hiking adventure with dual peaks on the White Mountain 48 list of 4,000 footers. Due to numerous brook crossings, this hike is best served after the snowmelt swell has subsided and at times of low precipitation. I found it fits nicely as a fall foliage excursion.
Despite being hard to spell, Mt. Osceola features two peaks on the White Mountains Four Thousand Footers list, a moderately challenging trail filled with rock-hopping fun, trance-inducing views of the Sandwich Range Wilderness, and a steep chimney climb to get the heart pounding. What’s not to love about this hike?