AMCand39;s Best Day Hikes in the White Mountains  by Robert N. Buchsbaum

AMC's Best Day Hikes in the White Mountains Guide Book

by Robert N. Buchsbaum (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
AMCand39;s Best Day Hikes in the White Mountains  by Robert N. Buchsbaum
Fully updated and available for the first time in rich, full color, this trusted guide from the publishers of the White Mountain Guide will lead readers to 60 of the most unforgettable day hikes in the breathtaking White Mountain National Forest.

© 2006 Robert N Buchsbaum/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Trails from the "AMC's Best Day Hikes in the White Mountains" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 58.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 58.

Ammonoosuc Lake feels remote from civilization, yet it is only a 15-minute walk from AMC’s Highland Center and US 302. It is a great place to look for moose, beaver, or wood ducks or to take a quick dip in the cool waters. A side trail directs you to the Red Bench, where there is a terrific view of Mount Washington and the Presidential Range.
Carroll, NH - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
Arethusa Falls is the tallest waterfall in New Hampshire, more than 200 feet high. The falls are an especially stunning sight early in the season. Frankenstein Cliff provides great views of Crawford Notch. The Arethusa Falls is a pleasant walk along Bemis Brook, and with additional effort, several smaller waterfalls can also be visited. Given its stature as the tallest waterfall in New Hampshire, Arethusa Falls is a popular destination, so expect lots of company.
Harts Location, NH - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.9
Bald Mountain and Artist’s Bluff command great views of Franconia Notch for relatively little effort. This ideal family outing is short, has a well-defined goal, and begins and ends near Echo Lake, a picturesque swimming beach. Bald Mountain, the highest elevation on this trail, is only 2,340 feet; however, it is still a good idea to throw windbreakers in your pack, particularly if you plan to have a picnic at the summit. The trail, marked with red blazes, is fairly steep initially.
Franconia, NH - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
This hike fits the description of “great views for relatively modest effort.” You follow an old logging road past some attractive cascades up to a bare knob on a spur of the Kinsman Range from which there is a wonderful 360-degree vista. This is a great family hike, with a relatively moderate grade throughout. The Mount Kinsman Trail beings on a newly blazed path marked with blue blazes. Look for scattered blueberries and steeplebushes.
Easton, NH - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.6
The Basin is an impressive glacial cirque (a bowl-shaped ravine carved out by a glacier) in the Evans Notch region. The best view of it, which includes impressive cliffs and Basin Pond, is from the Basin Rim, a ridge in the Baldface-Royce Range.
Gilead, ME - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.6
Black Cap, a popular family hike in the Green Hills east of North Conway, has one of the finest vistas in the White Mountains for relatively little effort. On a clear day you can see Mount Washington, Kearsarge North, Chocorua, and other peaks of the White Mountains from its 2,370-foot summit. The Black Cap Trail, marked with orange blazes and new trail signs, is easy to follow and well maintained.
Conway, NH - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.2
Blueberry Mountain, 1,781 feet in elevation, is loaded with blueberries and commands great views of the Baldface Ridge and the hills around the Cold River Valley. The first part of the Stone House Trail passes a gorge and a deep pool in Rattlesnake Brook.
Fryeburg, ME - Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 4.5
The Boulder Loop Trail passes jumbles of boulders during its 1,000-foot ascent to rocky ledges on a shoulder of the Moat Range. Here there are fine views across the Swift River Valley to a number of 4,000-foot peaks south of the Kancamagus Highway. The loop is appropriate for younger hikers who have some experience on trail or for those who can easily be carried in a backpack. The Boulder Loop Trail is marked by yellow blazes.
Albany, NH - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.1
This loop hike takes you through a wilderness area past beautiful cascades to the broad open summit of Caribou Mountain (2,870 feet), one of the highest peaks in the Evans Notch region. The summit has breathtaking views as well as alpine plants.
North Fryeburg, ME - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.9
Hike to remote Ethan Pond bordered on one side by steep cliffs of Mount Willey and on the other by a vista across to the Twin Range. The pond is named for Ethan Allen Crawford, who camped there during one of his hunting trips in fall 1829. As recounted in Lucy Crawford’s History of the White Mountains, Crawford states, “For beauty and grandeur it is nowhere surpassed by any spot to me known about these mountains.” The hike has a short steep section at the beginning, but after that is a moderate, pleasant walk. Carter Ledge provides striking views of Mount Chocorua, views of other peaks, and lots of blueberries in season. A singular feature of Carter Ledge is the stand of jack pine, one of only three places in the White Mountains where this tree occurs.
Albany, NH - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.6
This is a pleasant, easy walk to a beautiful series of small waterfalls in Waterville Valley near the resort community. A number of connecting trails provide a potential longer hike if you do not mind wading across a stream.
Waterville Valley, NH - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.4
The hike to Champney Falls is great for families. The trail runs along Champney Brook for much of the walk and rewards you with two waterfalls that are especially impressive just after a heavy rain.
Albany, NH - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.5
The hike across the Franconia Ridge from Little Haystack Mountain to Mount Lafayette is one of the White Mountains’ most spectacular long day hikes, providing some of the very best scenery in the Northeast. If you want a shorter hike, the Falling Waters Trail to Cloudland Falls portion will satisfy everyone who loves the intoxicating sound of falling water within a cool, dense forest.
Lincoln, NH - Hiking - Trail Length: 9
The Coppermine Trail takes you on a gentle uphill grade along Coppermine Brook to Bridal Veil Falls, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the White Mountains. It is a pleasant walk on the western side of Cannon Mountain.
Franconia, NH - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
The hike up the Deer Hills (1,367 feet) is a pleasant, half-day outing through forests of maple, beech, birch, and hemlock to a summit with great views and blueberries. You can continue on to Deer Hill Spring, a magical place, or visit that as a separate outing.
Chatham, NH - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
The Devil’s Hopyard is a narrow, picturesque gorge where ice may linger even in summer and a stream occasionally disappears beneath moss-covered boulders.
Stark, NH - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.6
Diana’s Baths is a popular family destination suitable for the youngest hikers. A short, level, handicapped-accessible walk along the Moat Mountain Trail brings you to a former mill site where you can wade in one of the many pools among numerous cascades or explore the ruins of the old mill.
Conway, NH - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.2
East Pond and Little East Pond are two aquatic gems nestled behind Mount Osceola and Scar Ridge at 2,600 feet. They are connected by a loop trail that passes through woodlands carpeted with wildflowers, ferns, and mushrooms and crosses a number of streams.
Livermore, NH - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
Ethan Allen Crawford described the pond that would be named for him thusly: “For beauty and grandeur it is nowhere surpassed by any spot to me known about these mountains.” Ripley Falls is one of the most impressive cascades in the White Mountains.
Harts Location, NH - Hiking - Trail Length: 6
Stroll along rushing water on a boardwalk through one of the White Mountains’ most renowned geological wonders: an extremely narrow gorge bounded by straight, vertical cliffs. This half-day outing also takes you past waterfalls, a giant pothole, huge boulders, and two covered bridges.
Lincoln, NH - Hiking - Trail Length: 2