Best Backpacking in New Hampshire

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  • #1 Hut to Hut Presidential Traverse

    2 Reviews

    Gorham, NH

    Hiking the Presidential Range from end to end is one of the United States’ classic treks. Of course, numerous trails can be used to accomplish this trip, although the main route between Madison ...
    •  3 - 4 days
    •  25.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Hiking the Presidential Range from end to end is one of the United States’ classic treks. Of course, numerous trails can ...

  • #2 Mount Cabot - Unknown Pond Loop Trail

    4 Reviews

    Berlin, NH

    The Mount Cabot-Unknown Pond Loop is actually three possible hikes in one. Besides the entire loop, Mount Cabot and Unknown Pond are both excellent out-and-back hikes in their own right. For ...
    •  1 to 3 days
    •  11.4 miles
    •  Guide

    The Mount Cabot-Unknown Pond Loop is actually three possible hikes in one. Besides the entire loop, Mount Cabot and Unknown ...

  • #3 Franconia Ridge Trail

    4 Reviews

    Grafton County, NH

    Franconia Ridge Trail is a hiking trail in Grafton County, New Hampshire. It is within White Mountain National Forest. It is 4.4 miles long and begins at 4,247 feet altitude. Traveling the entire ...
    •  4.4 miles

    Franconia Ridge Trail is a hiking trail in Grafton County, New Hampshire. It is within White Mountain National Forest. It ...

  • #4 Hut to Hut Presidential Traverse

    1 Reviews

    Gorham, NH

    Hiking the Presidential Range from end to end is one of the United States’ classic treks. Of course, numerous trails can be used to accomplish this trip, although the main route between Madison ...
    •  3 - 4 days
    •  25.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Hiking the Presidential Range from end to end is one of the United States’ classic treks. Of course, numerous trails can ...

  • #5 Pemigewasset Wilderness Trail

    1 Reviews

    Lincoln, NH

    With many roads dissecting the White Mountains, there are few areas where one can go and feel a strong sense of isolation. The heart of the 45,000-acre Pemigewasset Wilderness, the state’s largest ...
    •  2 to 3 days
    •  25.5 miles
    •  Guide

    With many roads dissecting the White Mountains, there are few areas where one can go and feel a strong sense of isolation. ...

  • #6 Zealand Trail

    1 Reviews

    Bethlehem, NH

    Zealand Trail is a hiking trail in Bethlehem, New Hampshire. It is within White Mountain National Forest. It is 2.5 miles long and begins at 2,020 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is ...
    •  2.5 miles

    Zealand Trail is a hiking trail in Bethlehem, New Hampshire. It is within White Mountain National Forest. It is 2.5 miles ...

  • #7 Great Gulf Trail Link

    3 Reviews

    Coös County, NH

    Great Gulf Trail Link is a hiking trail in Coös County, New Hampshire. It is within White Mountain National Forest. It is a mile long and begins at 1,247 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail ...
    •  1.0 miles

    Great Gulf Trail Link is a hiking trail in Coös County, New Hampshire. It is within White Mountain National Forest. It is ...

  • #8 Sandwich Range Wilderness-Western Loop

    1 Reviews

    Holderness, NH

    For more than 25 miles, no road crosses the Sandwich Range’s rugged spine on the southern front of the White Mountains. Lofty summits, including six 4,000-footers, pierce the sky. The 36,000-acre ...
    •  2 Days
    •  13.6 miles
    •  Guide

    For more than 25 miles, no road crosses the Sandwich Range’s rugged spine on the southern front of the White Mountains. Lofty ...

  • #9 Mount Moosilauke

    1 Reviews

    Holderness, NH

    Mount Moosilauke is the westernmost massif of the White Mountains. Isolated from adjoining peaks, hemmed by deep valleys, this 4,802-foot peak offers 360-degree panoramas from an open summit ...
    •  1-2 Days
    •  7.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Mount Moosilauke is the westernmost massif of the White Mountains. Isolated from adjoining peaks, hemmed by deep valleys, ...

  • #10 Franconia, Cannon Mountain, & Franconia Notch, NH

    1 Reviews

    Franconia, NH

    In the Franconia area you'll find the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway. Ride up to the summit, where gaps and notches give you a view right into the heart of the White Mountains. If you’re there ...
    •  One day to several days
    •  Guide

    In the Franconia area you'll find the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway. Ride up to the summit, where gaps and notches give ...

  • #11 The Southern Presidentials

    0 Reviews

    Conway, NH

    The Southern Presidential Range leads from Crawford Notch north to the highest point in New England, the 6,288-foot Mount Washington. The bare summits of Mounts Eisenhower and Monroe—and the ...
    •  2 Days
    •  17.3 miles
    •  Guide

    The Southern Presidential Range leads from Crawford Notch north to the highest point in New England, the 6,288-foot Mount ...

  • #12 The Kilkenny

    0 Reviews

    Gorham, NH

    A mountain range in miniature, the Pilot Range rises above the Great North Woods of northern New Hampshire. Known as the Kilkenny, the surrounding region is set apart from the rest of White ...
    •  2 Days
    •  16.1 miles
    •  Guide

    A mountain range in miniature, the Pilot Range rises above the Great North Woods of northern New Hampshire. Known as the ...

  • #13 Pemigewasset Wilderness-Western Loop

    0 Reviews

    Lincoln, NH

    The Pemigewasset Wilderness protects the watershed of the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River. Ringed by lofty peaks, including sixteen taller than 4,000 feet, it is New England’s largest ...
    •  2-3 Days
    •  25.2 miles
    •  Guide

    The Pemigewasset Wilderness protects the watershed of the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River. Ringed by lofty peaks, ...

  • #14 Wapack Trail

    0 Reviews

    West Peterborough, NH

    The Wapack Range rises above the dimpled landscape of southeast New Hampshire, one of the closest backpacking options to the Boston area. Wapack Trail runs the length of the range and earns its ...
    •  2 Days
    •  21.4 miles
    •  Guide

    The Wapack Range rises above the dimpled landscape of southeast New Hampshire, one of the closest backpacking options to ...

  • #15 Montalban Ridge

    0 Reviews

    Conway, NH

    Montalban Ridge runs due south from Mount Washington for 15 miles. The Davis Path traverses its spine, one of the longest and most remote sections of trail in the Whites-remarkable given its ...
    •  2 Days
    •  17.7 miles
    •  Guide

    Montalban Ridge runs due south from Mount Washington for 15 miles. The Davis Path traverses its spine, one of the longest ...

  • #16 Hampton Beach and Portsmouth, NH

    0 Reviews

    Portsmouth, NH

    New Hampshire’s shape is close to triangular, with a bulge near the base taking up little space along the New England coast. This itinerary is short because the shoreline area is an interlude ...
    •  One day to several days
    •  Guide

    New Hampshire’s shape is close to triangular, with a bulge near the base taking up little space along the New England coast. ...

  • #17 Peterborough, Jaffrey/Rindge, Mount Monadnock, & Dublin, NH

    0 Reviews

    Jaffrey, NH

    Hikers, we’re coming to you. Like skiing in Tuckerman’s Ravine on Mount Washington, climbing Monadnock is a New England ritual, almost a rite of passage for the young. This itinerary visits the ...
    •  One day to several days
    •  Guide

    Hikers, we’re coming to you. Like skiing in Tuckerman’s Ravine on Mount Washington, climbing Monadnock is a New England ritual, ...

  • #18 Wild River Wilderness

    0 Reviews

    Gorham, NH

    This Wilderness protects a broad watershed in the eastern White Mountain National Forest. Hemmed by the Carter and Baldface ranges, it is the second largest roadless area in New England and is ...
    •  2-3 Days
    •  25.3 miles
    •  Guide

    This Wilderness protects a broad watershed in the eastern White Mountain National Forest. Hemmed by the Carter and Baldface ...

  • #19 Attitash Bear Peak, Bretton Woods, & Mount Washington, NH

    1 Reviews

    Bretton Woods, NH

    Attitash Bear Peak is the largest ski resort in New Hampshire, with a vertical drop of 1,750 feet on Attitash and 1,450 on Bear Peak. The complex is served by twelve lifts, including two high-speed ...
    •  One day to several days
    •  Guide

    Attitash Bear Peak is the largest ski resort in New Hampshire, with a vertical drop of 1,750 feet on Attitash and 1,450 on ...

  • #20 Kinsman Notch, Loon Mountain, & Waterville Valley, NH

    0 Reviews

    Waterville Valley, NH

    Another well-established New Hampshire destination in the White Mountains is Waterville Valley. This year-round resort offers skiing, ice skating, and snowboarding in the winter and tennis, riding, ...
    •  One day to several days
    •  Guide

    Another well-established New Hampshire destination in the White Mountains is Waterville Valley. This year-round resort offers ...