Hiking & Scenery

New Hampshire’s Grand North is home to invigorating hikes or more leisurely tramps among the fabled
hills, peaks and valleys of the Presidential Range of the White Mountains, as well as dozens of other mountain peaks that dot the Granite State’s storied Grand North. There are hikes to suit every age and ability, from toddlers to nonagenarians, from the individual who wants to spend a few hours strolling along a mountain path to the more serious hiker who’d like to bag several of the 4,000-footers.

The Appalachian Mountain Club offers advice aplenty for hikers in the White Mountains. Check in at the AMC’s Joe Dodge Lodge in Pinkham Notch or the Highland Center in Crawford Notch for hiking tips, maps, and weather and trail conditions. And don’t forget to pick up a copy of the AMC’s White Mountain Guide, a comprehensive read for anyone who is planning to hike the Whites. Experience the legendary AMC hut hospitality by spending the night in one of the high mountain huts. Huts include Carter, Mizpah, Zealand, Lakes of the Clouds and Madison.  You can view some suggested itineraries from the AMC by clicking here.

The 162-mile Cohos Trail extends all the way from Crawford Notch to the Canadian border in Pittsburg. If you’d like an international adventure then plan on continuing your hike on the Sentier Frontalier’s trail to Mount Megantic or Mount Gosford in Quebec, Canada. (Don’t forget to pack your passport!) There are plenty of day hikes along the Cohos Trail, or plan a multi-day tramp and experience spectacular scenery through some of the least populated and most remote regions of the Grand North.

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AMC High Huts of the White Mountains

Pinkham Notch, NH

Renowned for their unique mountain hospitality, the Appalachian Mountain Club’s eight High Huts traverse the high peaks of the White Mountains and are spaced a day’s hike apart. Overnight accommodations include hearty home-cooked dinners and breakfasts. Self-service and full-service seasonal options.

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AMC Highland Center at Crawford Notch

Bretton Woods, NH

The Appalachian Mountain Club’s outdoor education center, four-season lodge, family-style dining room, and headquarters for hiking the White Mountains. A variety of outdoor activities and programs for adults and kids, including daily Outdoor Exploration programs, Guided Adventures, and evening programs.

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Mt. Washington Auto Road

Gorham, NH

America’s Oldest Manmade Tourist Attraction. The road ascends through four climate zones to 6,288-foot Mt. Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast. Hike, drive yourself or take a guided tour in an Auto Road van. Snow Coach tours in winter. Breath-taking vistas!

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Mt. Washington Cog Railway

Marshfield Station, NH

The first mountain–climbing cog railway in the world. Board the train for a spectacular climb up the three-mile-long raised track to the 6,288-foot summit of Mount Washington. On top visit the Sherman Adams Visitors Center, Mt. Washington Observatory’s Weather Museum and the 1853 Tip Top House. Reservations recommended. Seasonal.

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Mt. Washington Observatory

gorham, nh

Go behind the scenes of the famous mountaintop weather station and get a taste for what it’s like to live and work at 6,288 feet! These guided tours allow you to meet and interact with scientists, learn how they create forecasts, see the instruments they use to capture Mount Washington’s legendary extremes, and more.