• Andrea Davis

The Best Day Hikes In New Hampshire

North & South Baldface

Difficulty: Difficult

Distance: 9.5 miles

The Baldface loop is one of New Hampshire's lesser-known hidden gems. It is somewhat off the beaten path compared to the rest of the populated trails in the Whites, and is not for the faint of heart or for anyone with a fear of heights. This ten-mile loop stretches across two bald, wide open summits with incredible views in every direction.

Franconia Ridge

Difficulty: Difficult

Distance: 8 miles

The famous Franconia Ridge is one of New Hampshire’s most beloved hikes. It is popular for many reasons, one being the accessibility of the trailhead. On weekends, there will more than likely be a parade of cars lined up along I-93. This can be done as a loop hike, either ascending the Falling Waters Trail or Old Bridle Path, and descending the alternate.

Mount Osceola

Difficulty: Moderate

Distance: 12.3 miles

If you are looking to cross off two of the NH 4,000 foot peaks in one day, Osceola and East Osceola are the perfect duo. The trail allows you to explore two separate peaks without costing too much extra time or effort. The trail is on the easy side of moderate, but if you choose to hike both Mount Osceola and East Osceola, the section of trail connecting the two is a bit more difficult, with a rather steep rock scramble.

Mount Chocorua

Difficulty: Moderate

Distance: 6.6 miles

Mount Chocorua is an extremely popular peak no matter the season. There are multiple ways to tackle this beast, and you can make it as easy or difficult as you want. The Champney Brook Trail is a favorite for most, and is rated to be on the easier side compared to the alternates.

Mount Crawford

Difficulty: Moderate

Distance: 4.3 miles

Mount Crawford is another lesser known New Hampshire gem. The trailhead is located off Route 302 in Bartlett, NH, and the hike begins on the Davis Path Trail. This trail gets less traffic than many of the other trails in the Whites, making it a peaceful experience.

Mount Willard

Difficulty: Easy

Distance: 3.2 miles

Mount Willard is an all-time favorite of mine for many reasons. It is super quick, short, and easy for some of the best views around. It is a very popular hike, so you likely will not be alone on the trail. From the summit, you can see into the valley and watch as the cars pass by on the highway.

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