The Southern Presidentials

Conway, New Hampshire 3818

The Southern Presidentials

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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 alpine ridge that connects them—offer superlative views of the area, including the mighty Rockpile itself, which crowns New England’s highest mountain range in all its hulking glory.

This strenuous out-and-back hike follows the historic Crawford Path from Crawford Notch to Mount Washington. After climbing steeply and relentlessly to attain the mountain ridge by Mizpah Spring Hut and Nauman Tentsite, it heads northeast to follow the Appalachian Trail (AT) on a steady ridgeline climb to Lakes of the Clouds Hut, which nestles nearly a mile high in an alpine saddle below Mount Washington’s summit cone. After tagging Mount Washington’s summit, it’s a long, rocky return back to Crawford Notch."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
5,950 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 Days
Summer or Fall
White Mountain National Forest, Saco Ranger District, 33 Kancamagus Highway, Conway, NH 03818, 603-447-5448,; Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, 603-466-2725, open daily 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. from May to October.
Local Contacts
AMC White Mountains Trail Map, Map 1: Presidential Range (AMC Books)
Local Maps

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Dec 2018