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
The kids perked up at the sound of rushing water. I almost didn’t have the heart to tell them that we were still a mile and a half from the wonders of Bridal Veil Falls. Almost. I totally told them. (Don’t judge, it was a loooooong car ride!)
A short walk from the Kancamagus Highway (Route 112), Sabbaday Falls is a popular pit stop for tourists and Tripyramid hikers alike. The o.3 mile walk is good for all ages.
At an elevation of 4,003 feet, Mt. Tecumseh is one good lightning strike away from being knocked off New Hamshire’s list of 48 peaks over 4,000 feet in the White Mountains. That said, the summit view of Mt. Osceola, the Tripyramids, and the Sandwich Range Wilderness make hiking Tecumseh worth more than a check in a box
Mt. Hale via the Hale Brook Trail is an ideal hike for those cloudy days when visibility is limited. There’s a “partial” view on the Hale summit, obtained by climbing the beefy summit cairn to see over the surrounding treetops. That’s not to say a Mt. Hale hike has to be all trail, no treasure—loop it with Zealand Falls via the Lend-a-Hand Trail and Zealand Trail for some waterfall eye candy.
We were hungry for an epic long-weekend backpacking adventure. The White Mountains aren’t exactly in short supply of rugged climbs rewarded with grandiose views, and while we didn’t want to exclude this from the menu, our appetite was for something different. One look at the suspension bridge arching over the Wild River, and we knew there would be no regrets.
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.