5 awesome hikes in New Hampshire’s White Mountains

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New Hampshire’s White Mountains are a treat for hikers all year round. Winter brings the challenge of snow to the trails, while the fall foliage views are unparalleled. Spring means the local waterfalls are rolling at full speed as the snow melts down the mountainsides, and summer offers plenty of beauty, too. Warm weather and blue skies let the true beauty of the White Mountains shine through for all hikers to enjoy.

If you’re headed to the White Mountains this summer, don’t miss these five awesome hikes in New Hampshire.

Franconia Ridge Loop

Franconia Ridge (Image: kumsval used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Franconia Ridge (Image: kumsval used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)

If there’s only one trek you make while visiting the White Mountains, make it the Franconia Ridge Loop. This nine-mile hike offers the quintessential introduction to the beauty of the local peaks, including Mount Lincoln and Mount Lafayette. As you traverse the ridge, you’ll also have sweeping views of New England on a clear summer day.

Champney Brook Trail

Mount Chocorua (Image: BenFrantzDale used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Mount Chocorua (Image: BenFrantzDale used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)

Conquer the 3,490-foot tall Mt. Chocorua with a three-hour hike up the Champney Brook Trail. If conditions aren’t too dry, you’ll also enjoy the sights and sounds of cascading waterfalls as you climb through the forests of Mt. Chocorua. If you’re looking for a more challenging trail to Mt. Chocorua’s summit, opt for Piper Trail instead.

Lincoln Woods Trail

Lincoln Woods Trail (Image: Bob Linsdell)
Lincoln Woods Trail (Image: Bob Linsdell)

The Lincoln Woods Trail is popular for good reason. With views of the Pemigewasset River and Mt. Bond, this hike showcases the beauty of the White Mountains without being too strenuous (the trail is just 2.6 miles). Add a side trip along the connecting Black Pond Trail (an easy hike at a little more than half a mile) and the Franconia Brook Trail to enjoy scenic views of waterfalls and woodlands.

Gorge Brook Trail

A waterfall on Mt. Moosilauke (Image: jbarreiros used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
A waterfall on Mt. Moosilauke (Image: jbarreiros used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)

More experienced hikers will enjoy this seven-hour trek to the summit of Mt. Moosilauke, one of White Mountains’ famed 4,000-footers. Rolling hills, footbridges over the brook and summit views make it well worth the hike up the White Mountains’ westernmost 4,000-footer.

Mount Willard

Mt. Willard (Image: cliff1066™)
Mt. Willard (Image: cliff1066™)

The hike up Mount Willard is known for being short and sweet, perfect for hikers who are crunched for time or have the kids in tow. Round-trip, the hike clocks in at 3.2 miles with a 900-foot elevation gain. Once you reach the top of this peak in Crawford Notch, you’ll see what the White Mountains are all about with sweeping views of the valley below.

(Featured image: Ken Snow)

5 awesome hikes in New Hampshire’s White Mountains was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Marissa Willman
Author: Marissa Willman (786 posts)

Marissa Willman earned a bachelor's degree in journalism before downsizing her life into two suitcases for a teaching gig in South Korea. Seoul was her home base for two years of wanderlusting throughout six countries in Asia. In 2011, Marissa swapped teaching for travel writing and now calls Southern California home.