White Mountains

Not sure which hike is right for you? Here’s the quick and dirty on the trails I’ve hiked.

My ratings are based completely on my experiences and opinion. I try very hard to give the most accurate depiction of each trail, but your experience may be different from mine. I consider myself an intermediate-advanced hiker. For more information on each hike see the blog posts! Happy Hiking! 

4,000 Footers

New Hampshire 4,000 Footers

Trail Name/MountainDifficultyViews Mileage Getting ThereSeason HikedEquipment
Hi-Cannon Trail to Kinsman Ridge Trail to Lonesome Lake Trail, Cannon Mountain996.3 MilesLafayette Campground off of I-93 South. Please note: The parking is extremely limited. If you cannot get a designated spot at Lafayette you must park at Cannon Ski Area and be shuttled in at $5.00 per person. SummerBoots with solid ankle supports are a must. Do not forget your trekking poles at home. Also a few extra ounces of sanity required.
Hale Brook Trail, Mt. Hale214.6 MilesZealand Road, Off of Route 302 in Carroll, NH.SummerSturdy hiking boots and trekking poles recommended.
Hancock Notch Trail to Hancock Loop Trail; Mt. Hancock & South Hancock95.5 (South Hancock)
7 (Hancock)
9.8 MilesHancock Overlook Parking Area, Route 112 in Lincoln, NH. Sometimes not plowed in the winter so be prepared. WinterLight Traction, Crampons or Snowshoes can also be utilized based on conditions.
Caps Ridge Trail, Mt. Jefferson7105 MilesJefferson Notch Road, a dirt road off of Base Road. Not plowed in the winter. You have to drive about 15 minutes down the road to get to the trail head. SummerSturdy hiking boots and trekking poles are a must.
Lonesome Lake Trail to Fishin' Jimmy Trail to Kinsman Range Trail; North Kinsman & South Kinsman87.5 (North Kinsman)
9 (South Kinsman)
11.8 MilesLafayette Campground off of I-93 South. Please note: The parking is extremely limited. If you cannot get a designated spot at Lafayette you must park at Cannon Ski Area and be shuttled in at $5.00 per person. WinterLight Traction, Crampons or Snowshoes can also be utilized based on conditions.
Beaver Brook Trail; Mt. Moosilauke8107.6 MilesRoute 112 (Lost River Rd), lot is plowed during winter and has a pit toilet. Fees weren't collected during the winter.WinterLight Traction, Crampons or Snowshoes can also be utilized based on conditions.
Carter-Moriah Trail; Mt. Moriah6N/A - I had a foggy day so I wasn't able to see the supposedly gorgeous views. 9 MilesBangor Street, Gorham, NH. The parking is weird, it is just a couple spots on a dead end residential street. WinterLight Traction, Crampons or Snowshoes can also be utilized based on conditions.
Mt. Osceola Trail; Osceola East Peak & Mt. Osceola76 (Osceola, East Peak)
8 (Osceola)
7.6 Miles Route 112. Greeley Ponds Trailhead. Small lot, get there early for parking. WinterLight Traction, Crampons or Snowshoes can also be utilized based on conditions.
Mt. Tecumseh Trail, Mt. Tecumseh375.2 MilesWaterville Valley Ski Area, highly accessible and easy to find.SummerSturdy hiking boots and trekking poles recommended.
Livermore Road to Mt. Tripyramid Trail; North Tripyramid, Middle Tripyramid, South Tripyramid (not a 4,000 footer, but part of the trail).11 (Please see my notes before attempting)9 (North Tripyramid)
7 (Middle Tripyramid)
8 (South Tripyramid)
11 MilesLivermore Road Trailhead off of Tripoli Rd.SpringBoots with solid ankle supports are a must. Do not forget your trekking poles at home. Also a few extra ounces of sanity required.
Blueberry Ledge Trail, Mt. Whiteface888.6 MilesFerncroft Trail Head, there are many back roads you have to take to get here.SummerSturdy hiking boots and trekking poles are a must.
Ethan Pond Trail to the Willey Range Trail; Mt. Willey, Mt. Field, Mt. Tom98 (Willey)
8 (Field)
7 (Tom)
11.2 MilesWilley Station Rd on Route 302. Please note: If parking in the winter the entrance to the lot is plowed, but not the actual lot. In snowy weather you must hike 0.2 of a mile up the road to get to the actual trail-head. WinterLight Traction, Crampons or Snowshoes can also be utilized based on conditions.

52 With a View

52 With A View

Trail Name/MountainDifficultyViews Mileage Getting ThereSeason HikedEquipment
Baldface Circle Loop, South Baldface & North Baldface81010.6 MilesVery Remote. NH Route 113, North Chatham, NH.SummerSturdy hiking boots and trekking poles required.
White Arrow Trail, Mt. Monadnock594 MilesMt. Monadnock Headquarters, $5 per adult, $2 per child feesWinterLight Traction

Terrifying 25

Terrifying 25

Trail Name/MountainDifficultyViews Mileage Getting ThereSeason HikedEquipment
Baldface Circle Loop, South Baldface & North Baldface81010.6 MilesVery Remote. NH Route 113, North Chatham, NH.SummerSturdy hiking boots and trekking poles required.
Beaver Brook Trail, Mt. Moosilauke8107.6 MilesRoute 112 (Lost River Rd), lot is plowed during winter and has a pit toilet. Fees weren't collected during the winter.WinterLight Traction, Crampons or Snowshoes can also be utilized based on conditions.
Caps Ridge Trail, Mt. Jefferson7105 MilesJefferson Notch Road, a dirt road off of Base Road. Not plowed in the winter. You have to drive about 15 minutes down the road to get to the trail head. SummerSturdy hiking boots and trekking poles are a must.
Hi-Cannon Trail to Kinsman Ridge Trail to Lonesome Lake Trail, Cannon Mountain996.3 MilesLafayette Campground off of I-93 South. Please note: The parking is extremely limited. If you cannot get a designated spot at Lafayette you must park at Cannon Ski Area and be shuttled in at $5.00 per person. SummerBoots with solid ankle supports are a must. Do not forget your trekking poles at home. Also a few extra ounces of sanity required.
Livermore Road to Mt. Tripyramid Trail; North Tripyramid, Middle Tripyramid, South Tripyramid (not a 4,000 footer, but part of the trail).11 (Please see my notes before attempting)9 (North Tripyramid)
7 (Middle Tripyramid)
8 (South Tripyramid)
11 MilesLivermore Road Trailhead off of Tripoli Rd.SpringBoots with solid ankle supports are a must. Do not forget your trekking poles at home. Also a few extra ounces of sanity required.
Blueberry Ledge Trail, Mt. Whiteface888.6 MilesFerncroft Trail Head, there are many back roads you have to take to get here.SummerSturdy hiking boots and trekking poles are a must.
Ethan Pond Trail to the Willey Range Trail; Mt. Willey, Mt. Field, Mt. Tom98 (Willey)
8 (Field)
7 (Tom)
11.2 MilesWilley Station Rd on Route 302. Please note: If parking in the winter the entrance to the lot is plowed, but not the actual lot. In snowy weather you must hike 0.2 of a mile up the road to get to the actual trail-head. WinterLight Traction, Crampons or Snowshoes can also be utilized based on conditions.

Difficulty Rankings: 1=A toddler could solo hike this. 10=Write your will.

View Rankings: 1=Meh. 10=If you forget your camera turn around and go get it.