Hiking in New Hampshire

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Rockingham Recreational Trail
Rockingham Recreational Trail
Manchester, New Hampshire, United States
 
Moderate: 26 miles, Full day
From Massabesic Lake to Great Bay, this trail offers pretty ponds, beautiful bridges and a shady ride in the NH forests.

Due to its proximity to Manchester and the Manchester airport, this trail is one of most accessible of the wonderful New Hampshire Rail Trails. If you are flying to New Hampshire, you may very well fly into Manchester. This trail is popular year-round with biking, hiking, and running in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter. And speaking of winter...
Mt. Chocorua
Mt. Chocorua
Pequawket, New Hampshire, United States
 
Difficult: 10.0 miles, Half day
A popular 10 mile rocky traverse over a series of mountains in the Whites with terrific views.

This is one of the most popular and beautiful hikes in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Mt. Chocorua looks like the summit of a peak you may find in the Colorado Rockies! Once you get up to the ridge via the steep ridge trail you will be following a ridge traverse over several rocky peaks to the summit of Chocorua. There you will have amazing...
Mt. Moosilauke
Mt. Moosilauke
North Woodstock, New Hampshire, United States
 
Moderate: 8.0 miles, Half day
A fun loop hike with an optional epic backcountry ski descent if you choose the right time of year

This hike takes you up the Gorge Brook Trail from the Ravine Lodge Trailhead to the summit of the massive Mt. Moosilauke which used to have a hotel at the top believe it or not. You will still be able to see the old foundation up there. From the top you'll descend/ski to the South Peak to check it out before skiing powder/truding down a wide carraige...
Franconia Ridge - Lafayette, Lincoln, Liberty and Flume
Franconia Ridge - Lafayette, Lincoln, Liberty and Flume
Lincoln, New Hampshire, United States
 
Difficult: 15.3 miles, Full day
In this complete Franconia Ridge loop climb you'll grab all four 4,000 foot peaks in the area.

On this unbelievable ridge climb you will pass by an AMC hut on the way up then follow a narrow ridge over to Lincoln from Lafayette and then continue on to Liberty and Flume before returning back to the same trailhead. You will climb up the Bridal Path trail to the AMC hut and along the ridge and return via the Falling Waters Trail. Bring your camera...
Franconia Ridge - Mt. Lincoln & Lafayette
Franconia Ridge - Mt. Lincoln & Lafayette
Franconia, New Hampshire, United States
 
Difficult: 8.5 miles, Full day
A fantastic strenuous ridge-hike with great views all around

This is a very popular full day hike for good reasons. On a clear day, you are unlikely to find better views in New England. Combine this with strenuous and nerve-wrecking hiking on the 'knife-edge' between Mts. Little Haystack, Lincoln and Lafayette and you have the recipe for a great day out. As a bonus you will ascend three 4000 footers, including...
Ashuelot Rail Trail
Ashuelot Rail Trail
Keene, New Hampshire, United States
 
Moderate: 22 miles, Full day
The Ashuelot Rail-Trail, located near Keene, New Hampshire is a 23 mile, four season trail with something for everyone.

If you enjoyed "The Bridges of Madison County," you'll love the covered bridges of the Ashuelot Rail Trail. The Monadnock Region is famous for its beautiful covered bridges of varying types, and the trail is a perfect way to visit the bridges. The best starting spot for your trail tour is in Keene, New Hampshire. It is a fun place to grab some supplies...
Washington, Monroe and Eisenhower, New Hampshire
Washington, Monroe and Eisenhower, New Hampshire
Marshfield Station, New Hampshire, United States
 
Difficult: 10.0 miles, Full day
Three peaks in the middle of the presidential Range including the highest Peak in all of New England in an epic day hike

This is a great climb over two peaks to get to the highest point in New England. You will ascend Edmand's Path to the intersection with the Crawford Path over the Southern Presidential Ridge. On the way up you will have sweeping views to the north and may even see the train on the Cog Railway steaming up the mountain. Once on the ridge you'll jog...
Jefferson, Adams and Madison, New Hampshire
Jefferson, Adams and Madison, New Hampshire
Marshfield Station, New Hampshire, United States
 
Difficult: 13.0 miles, Full day
Three massive Presidential Range peaks in one epic climb.

This is the shortest and easiest way to climb all 3 major Northern Presidential Peaks in a day. The Caps Ridge Trail up Mt. Jefferson is steep, and requires a few scrambles over ledges on the way up that have some exposure so it is not for the feint of heart. This 2.5 mile trail will put you up onto the top of Jefferson and onto the ridge which you...
Mt. Monadnock
Mt. Monadnock
Jaffrey Center, New Hampshire, United States
 
Moderate: 4.0 miles, Half day
A very popular steep scramble up a very nice peak in Southern New Hampshire with great views from its bald summit

This is a great family hike in Southern New Hampshire to a rocky summit with views in all directions. It can easily be done in a half day. Your kids will have a ton of fun rock hopping their way to the summit on the steep trail. This is a very popular climb just north of very populated cities so you probably won't be alone on the trail.
Mt. Willey
Mt. Willey
Lincoln, New Hampshire, United States
 
Moderate: 4.8 miles, Half day
An easy afternoon hike up and down this 4,285 foot New Hampshire peak.

This 4,285' peak near Crawford Notch is a fairly easy climb. It could also be climbed from Crawford Notch State Park along with Tom and Field if so desired in an easy loop but approaching it from the south gives another perspective as well. The ascent is pretty well maintained and even has a section of wooden steps to assist you in your climb. At...
Owl's Head, New Hampshire
Owl's Head, New Hampshire
The Village of Loon Mountain, New Hampshire, United States
 
Moderate: 18.6 miles, Full day
An unrewarding long day to bag another Northeast 4,000 footer

This is a very uninteresting hike to a little climbed 4,000 footer in NH. Most of the hikers who ascend this wooded summit peak are only doing so to check it off a list of 4,000 foot peaks in the Northeast. With the exception of following a beautiful river and a nice side trail of cascading water over granite bedrock, this hike is long, tiring and...
Mt. Osceola and Mt. Osceola East Peak
Mt. Osceola and Mt. Osceola East Peak
Tripoli Mill, New Hampshire, United States
 
Moderate: 7.5 miles, Half day
This hike will bring you to the highest peaks of the Sandwich Range with good views to the east despite wooded summits

This is a short but steep climb to get the tallest peak in the Sandwich Range and it's sister peak East Osceola. Although both summits are wooded there are ledges on the way up East and a viewpoint towards the east from Mt. Osceola. to get there you will take the Greely Pond Trail from the Kancamangus Highway to the Mt. Osceola trail which turns off...
Mt. Hancock and South Hancock
Mt. Hancock and South Hancock
Tripoli Mill, New Hampshire, United States
 
Moderate: 9.4 miles, Full day
This loop hike will bag you two more 4,000 footers over a long wooded ridge with a couple viewpoints.

This is a fun loop trail to grab two more 4,000 foot peaks in New Hampshire. There aren't any crazy great views but you'll get glimpses towards the Tripyramids, Carrigain of each mountain from the others summit.
Presidential Traverse
Presidential Traverse
Randolph, New Hampshire, United States
 
Difficult: 22 miles, Full day
This guide covers detailed route information, gear/food/water recommendations and pictures of each summit for reference

The Presidential Traverse is an excellent and well traveled hike of some of New England's highest peaks - almost all at maximum exposure. At roughly 22 miles & nearly 9,000' of elevation gain this trip is not for the faint of heart or mind to be attempted in just one day - but it can be done with the right preparation. An official Presidential Traverse...
Mt. Whiteface and Mt. Passaconaway
Mt. Whiteface and Mt. Passaconaway
Ferncroft, New Hampshire, United States
 
Moderate: 10.5 miles, Full day
These two peaks barely over 4,000 feet can be knocked off your list in a nice loop hike.

This is a fun loop hike deep in the White Mountains to two wooded summits but with ledges and various viewpoints along the route the hike is well worth it. The trailhead is beautiful and the trails are pretty well maintained. From the trailhead you will head left up the Blueberry Ledge Trail to the top of Whiteface, across the Rollins Trail from Whiteface...
Baldface Mountain
Baldface Mountain
North Chatham, New Hampshire, United States
 
Moderate: 9.8 miles, Full day
Take this wonderful loop hike over two beautiful bald peaks with fantastic views towards the taller White Mountains.

This is a fantastic loop hike with several fun stream crossings and a lot of views at the top of both peaks and along the ridge. As their name implies both peaks have bald summits and in some steep places you may find yourself on fun scrambles. There will be fantastic views on clear days towards the taller White Mountains including Mt. Washington...
Mt. Carrigain
Mt. Carrigain
Livermore, New Hampshire, United States
 
Moderate: 10.0 miles, Half day
This 4,680' peak has a wooded summit but the very cool ridge climb and observation platform make up for it.

This peak is thickly wooded at the top but there is a great section of exposed ridge near the top and an observation tower at the top that offers 360 degree views so despite the woods you'll have great views on this hike.
Tom and Field, New Hampshire
Tom and Field, New Hampshire
Whitefield, New Hampshire, United States
 
Moderate: 8.0 miles, Half day
Two NH 4,000 foot peaks in an afternoon hike.

This is a nice loop trail with good views towards the southern presidentials. You'll have really good views from Avalon to Webster Cliffs. Mt. Tom and Field are wooded but Tom has a few views through the trees. In any case, you'll have two more peaks on your 4,000 footer list.
Pierce and Jackson, New Hampshire
Pierce and Jackson, New Hampshire
Bartlett, New Hampshire, United States
 
Difficult: 15.0 miles, Full day
A climb up the two southernmost peaks of the Presidential Range

This is a great loop trail that will take you up Mt. Webster and along the mountain's cliffs on the way up, then head over the partially bare summit of Mt. Jackson (4,052'), past the AMC Mitzpah Hut and then to the top of semi-wooded Mt. Pierce (4,312'). You'll return via the southern end of the Crawford Path back down to Crawford Notch.
Ammonoosuc Rail Trail
Ammonoosuc Rail Trail
Littleton, New Hampshire, United States
Moderate: 19.0 miles, Half day
This mellow trail starts near a modern covered bridge in Littleton & ends near a historic covered bridge in Woodsville.

Dogsledding anyone? That's just one of the many activities allowed on the Ammonoosuc Rail Trail. Yet with a multitude of trail uses, the Ammonoosuc is surprisingly uncrowded and, in spots, even tranquil. With frequent views of the river, trail users are in for a constant feast of sights and sounds. One of the unique and wonderful aspects of this...
Cheshire Rail Trail
Cheshire Rail Trail
Keene, New Hampshire, United States
Moderate: 27 miles, Full day
Follow this incredible trail starting at the Stone Arch Bridge near Keene, NH and ending at the Massachusetts state line

The Cheshire Rail Trail is said to be the second longest rail trail in New Hampshire. It's up to you whether you ride the whole trail or just parts of it. Either way, there are plenty of diversions for hikers, bikers, nordic skiers, snowmobilers, and horseback riders. Since this trail is not paved, it is best to enjoy it when it's fairly dry or extremely...
Northern Rail Trail
Northern Rail Trail
Lebanon, New Hampshire, United States
Moderate: 24 miles, Full day
The Northern Rail Trail follows the route of the Boston & Maine Railroad as it winds its way along the Mascoma River.

You wouldn’t dream of touring the Louvre in a Lexus, the Prado in a Porsche, or the Vatican in a Volvo. Yet that’s how thousands of people view the New England fall foliage... strapped in a car, hurtling down the highway, craning their necks to get an occasional glimpse of rainbow colored trees. There’s a better way. Believe it or not, it’s...
Tripyramids, New Hampshire
Tripyramids, New Hampshire
Conway, New Hampshire, United States
Moderate: 10.1 miles, Full day
On this climb you can check off two 4,000 footers over a fun ridge

These three peaks can be easily climbed in day. Two of them are on the NE 111er's list of peaks and the Southern Tripyramid you run over to anyway for good measure! None of these peaks have particularly good views but you may be able to squeek out some vistas between the trees towards Mt. Carrigain.
Mt. Zealand
Mt. Zealand
Whitefield, New Hampshire, United States
Difficult: 11.1 miles, Half day
Zealand Falls and a few views makes the wooded summit of this mountain easy to swallow for Northeast Peakbaggers

4,301 foot Zealand mountain is located in on edge of the Pemigewasset Wilderness. You will pass by a beautiful AMC hut and Zealand Falls on the way to the wooded summit. The falls are definitely worth a stop at on the way up. You will have some views of the Bond Range near the top through the trees.
Mt. Moriah, New Hampshire
Mt. Moriah, New Hampshire
Gorham, New Hampshire, United States
Moderate: 10.0 miles, Half day
This 4,049' peak is part of the Carter-Moriah Range but in this guide is done in a single climb from Gorham, NH

You will cimb 3,400 feet in this climb up the Carter-Moriah northern trail section to the top of this 4,049 foot peak. You'll pass over Mt. Surprise, past a large glacial erratic on the trail and up plenty of slabs of granite which serve as the trail with painted stripes on them to guide you. At the summit there are great views of the Bond Range but...
Carter Range Loop
Carter Range Loop
Glen House, New Hampshire, United States
Moderate: 14.2 miles, Full day
Middle Carter, South Carter, Carter Dome & Mt. Hight in a day loop hike. Check off 3 more 4,000 footers with this one.

The nineteenmile brook trail will take you to the source of the brook passing several fun water holes on the way. Two miles up the trail it will split with you heading to climbers left up to Zeta Pass were you can access the Carter-Moriah Trail to nab both South and Middle Carter before returning to the Pass and then up Mt. Hight to Carter Dome. Mt....
Wildcat Range, New Hampshire
Wildcat Range, New Hampshire
New Hampshire, United States
Moderate: 7.0 miles, Half day
Check off two more 4,000 foot peaks on your Northeast 111er list... and ski down if the right season!

This is a fun spring ski descent if you time it right. Climb up the ski slopes and ditch your ski gear in the woods at the top of the lift. Make your way across the ridge to get Wildcat A first then return to climb onto the viewing platform at Wildcat D. Although the ridge has several other points that have been given letters the only ones that count...
Cabot, New Hampshire
Cabot, New Hampshire
Milan, New Hampshire, United States
Moderate: 8.0 miles, Half day
This wooded 4170' summit has some nice views on the way up to make up for it.

The summit is reached via the Bunnell Notch Trail which is more like an old wagon road through the woods and then joins the Kilkenny Ridge Trail to the summit. On the way you will pass Bunnell Rock with great views to the south. The old Mt. Cabot Trail to the southwest is no longer open to the public so this is the easiest route to the top at just...
Waumbek, New Hampshire
Waumbek, New Hampshire
Jefferson, New Hampshire, United States
Moderate: 7.2 miles, Half day
You'll cross over Mt. Starr King to get this 4,006' wooded summit.

In 3.6 miles you'll ascent 2,500 feet to the top of this 4,006 foot peak crossing over Mt. Starr King on the way where you'll find a clearing and the remnants of an old shelter. All that is left is a fireplace. When I was here I was amazed to find moose footprints on the summit ridge unless it was the biggest deer in the whole northeast!
Mt. Tecumseh
Mt. Tecumseh
Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, United States
Moderate: 4.3 miles, Half day
This is a fun late spring ascent with a possible ski descent down the Waterville Valley Ski Resort

This is a very short climb up to a peak that is barely over 4,000 feet but ends with a really fast descent via the optional Waterville Valley Ski Resort. The best time to climb this is just after the ski resort has closed so you have the option to either skin up the ski trails with AT gear or head up the hikers trail just to the north and then do a...
Mt. Hale
Mt. Hale
Whitefield, New Hampshire, United States
Moderate: 4.1 miles, Half day
This peak at 4,054' has a large pile of rocks at the top clearly marking the summit.

The top of this peak has experienced some tree growth which unfortunately has blocked a lot of the great views. Perhaps if you climb on top of the massive pile of rocks that mark the summit you'll be able to see more of the surrounding White Mountains. The trail up is steep but enjoyable. Be careful of the Zealand Road closings as in early spring...
Mt. Galehead and Mt. Garfield
Mt. Galehead and Mt. Garfield
Bethlehem, New Hampshire, United States
Difficult: 17.0 miles, Full day
This long loop hike will bag you two more 4,000 foot peaks in the New Hampshire White Mountains

This is a long loop hike that brings you to a very cool AMC hut nestled between peaks and to the top of two 4,000 footers. Mt. Garfield has the best views over the Pemigewasset wilderness to the Franconia Ridge peaks and the Bond Range. You'll start at POI #1 and end up back at Route 3 at POI #7 at the western trailhead. If it is winter time like...
North and South Twin, Guyot, Bond, West Bond, and Bondcliff
North and South Twin, Guyot, Bond, West Bond, and Bondcliff
Twin Mountain, New Hampshire, United States
Difficult: 21 miles, Full day
Five 4,000 foot peaks in the Pemigewasset Wilderness in one long ridge traverse. Will make any peakbagger smile.

This very VERY long day will gain you 5 official 4,000 foot peaks in New Hampshire. You'll start off on the North Twin Trail to get both Twins (North 4,761' and South 4,902') then join the Bondcliff Trail over the ridge to get Mt. Guyot, 4,526' West Bond, 4,698' Bond, and 4,265' Bondcliff then return the same way you came. This means that you will...
North Kinsman, South Kinsman and Cannon
North Kinsman, South Kinsman and Cannon
New Hampshire, United States
Difficult: 12.6 miles, Full day
This loop hike by Lonesome Lake and Kinsman Pond will have you following a ridge for both Kinsman Peaks and Cannon.

This loop will bring you past Lonsesome Lake in an old glacial cirque, past Kinsman Pond to the Kinsman Peaks which are the highest in the range (South 4,358', North 4,293'). You will then double back and head over the "Cannonballs" towards 4,077' Cannon Mountain which has a ski area on its northern face. You'll find a viewing platform at the top...
Middle and South Carter - Bushwhack Details
Middle and South Carter - Bushwhack Details
Gorham, New Hampshire, United States
Moderate: 9.8 miles, Half day
Includes trail info for Middle & South Carter Summits including a bushwhack route from Imp back to 19 Mile Brook Trail

Book time for this hike is 7:10 according to multiple resources but can be done between 5 & 6 hours at a pace of 2mph. If traveling up 19 Mile Brook Trail to Carter Dome Trail to Carter-Moriah Trail it is an easier grade than going up the Imp Trail to Carter-Moriah Trail and thus can be summited faster. Going up the first route is easier and unique...
Mt. Moriah - Winter Detail
Mt. Moriah - Winter Detail
Gorham, New Hampshire, United States
Moderate: 8.7 miles, Half day
From Parking to Peak this guide has the details

Mt. Moriah via the Carter-Moriah Trail begins in Gorham NH. It is 4.5 miles to summit at 4,049'. Mt. Surprise is the 1st peak you'll summit - 2 miles in and at 2,194'. I would consider this an easy-moderate hike largely depending on trail conditions (water/ice) and whether you choose to wear trail crampons. Book time is 6 hours roughly. ...