Best Backpacking in New Hampshire

This list represents the most popular backpacking in New Hampshire. Use this list to plan your next New Hampshire backpacking trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Hut to Hut Presidential Traverse


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 Hut an…
From the guidebook "Discover the White Mountains of New Hampshire"
Gorham, NH - Backpacking, Hiking - 25.5 miles Best Trail in nh - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#2. Mount Cabot - Unknown Pond Loop Trail


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 peak-bagg…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Dogs: New Hampshire & Vermont"
Berlin, NH - Backpacking, Hiking - 11.4 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#3. Hut to Hut Presidential Traverse


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 Hut an…
From the guidebook "Discover the White Mountains of New Hampshire"
Gorham, NH - Backpacking, Hiking - 25.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#4. Pemigewasset Wilderness Trail


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 wil…
From the guidebook "Best Loop Hikes: New Hampshire's White Mountains to the Maine Coast"
Lincoln, NH - Backpacking, Hiking - 25.5 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#5. Zealand Notch Trail


As a long day hike or an overnight backpacking trip, the loop through Zealand Notch and over the Willey Range showcases the best of what the White Mountain National Forest has to offer. The 17-mile…
From the guidebook "Best Loop Hikes: New Hampshire's White Mountains to the Maine Coast"
Fabyan, NH - Backpacking, Hiking - 17 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#6. Sandwich Range Wilderness-Western Loop


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 Sand…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in New England"
Holderness, NH - Backpacking, Hiking - 13.6 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#7. Mount Moosilauke


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 of alpine…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in New England"
Holderness, NH - Backpacking, Hiking - 7.6 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#8. Franconia, Cannon Mountain, & Franconia Notch, 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 in the…
From the guidebook "Daytrips and Getaway Weekends in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine"
Franconia, NH - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#9. The Southern Presidentials


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 long alpi…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in New England"
Conway, NH - Backpacking, Hiking - 17.3 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#10. King Ravine


Trails lace the flanks of Mount Adams, a peak lined with rocky ridges and gouged by deep valleys. King Ravine cuts deepest, a giant bowl scooped from the mountainside. The densest collection of trai…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in New England"
Gorham, NH - Backpacking, Hiking - 10.2 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#11. Great Gulf Wilderness


The Great Gulf carves deep into the mountains, guarded thousands of feet overhead by the peaks of the Northern Presidentials. Born here, the Peabody River tears down a steep and boulder-strewn watersh…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in New England"
Conway, NH - Backpacking, Hiking - 19.3 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#12. Pemigewasset Wilderness-Western Loop


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 Wildernes…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in New England"
Lincoln, NH - Backpacking, Hiking - 25.2 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#13. Hampton Beach and 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 of only…
From the guidebook "Daytrips and Getaway Weekends in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine"
Portsmouth, NH - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#14. The Kilkenny


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 Mountain…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in New England"
Gorham, NH - Backpacking, Hiking - 16.1 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#15. Montalban Ridge


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 location…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in New England"
Conway, NH - Backpacking, Hiking - 17.7 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#16. Wapack Trail


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 name f…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in New England"
West Peterborough, NH - Backpacking, Hiking - 21.4 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#17. Wild River Wilderness


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 much le…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Backpacking in New England"
Gorham, NH - Backpacking, Hiking - 25.3 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#18. Peterborough, Jaffrey/Rindge, Mount Monadnock, & Dublin, 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 towns…
From the guidebook "Daytrips and Getaway Weekends in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine"
Jaffrey, NH - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#19. Attitash Bear Peak, Bretton Woods, & Mount Washington, 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 qu…
From the guidebook "Daytrips and Getaway Weekends in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine"
Bretton Woods, NH - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#20. Kinsman Notch, Loon Mountain, & 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, go…
From the guidebook "Daytrips and Getaway Weekends in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine"
Waterville Valley, NH - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press