Explore Appalachian Trail: New Hampshire: Best Day Hikes - view hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This month marks the 80th anniversary of the #AppalachianTrail, which passes through 14 states from Maine to Georgia. . With so many access points along its approximate 2,190-mile route, this trail is not only an excellent option for thru-hikers and section-hikers, but also day-hikers and those looking to escape into nature for a few hours. . To honor the Appalachian Trail, we have compiled a list state by state of some of our favorite day hikes along the AT. Check out this list for New Hampshire and help us celebrate the legacy and natural wonder of this trail!

Appalachian Trail: New Hampshire: Best Day Hikes Map
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muddy
12 hours ago

Did this on 5/21. Could have used micro spikes 3/4 of the way up but didn’t put them on and was fine! Great hike all around. Pretty steady incline the whole time but absolutely doable if you take breaks! The lake is gorgeous and it’s so fantastic seeing one of the AMC Huts!

What a day for a hike. Even with the gorgeous temps be prepared - traction is needed. Parking lot at 8:30 am was empty. Started on lonesome lake trail (clear for the most part, ice towards lonesome lake - no traction needed). Followed fishing jimmy - please take note...the warmer temps make for more water on crossings and in trail. Things changed from the beginning of the trip compared to the end. TLDR - bring spikes and poles just in case. The monorail was clear but it’s not always stable (I started using micros when I hit lonesome lake- FYI). Second half of jimmy was definitely micro spike time. They are my best friends. Trust the micro spikes. :) there’s also a bunch of fun water crossings - the last big one some rocks are water level or slightly below - no biggie. summit to n.kinsman was challenging but the monorail gets tight. Be careful of postholing - it’s pretty deep in some places. Beautiful rock vista at the top - it was about 30 minutes to the s.kinsman. Pretty level with just a few small pushes. There’s a false summit - continue and find the cairn. The way down we tried to do kinsman pond trail but were advised that it super mushy and that we would be postholing the whole time. We went down jimmy. Micros are needed. Over all awesome hike on a beautiful day! Parking lot filled at 3:30.

This map is labeled incorrectly. Don’t follow this to do Smarts and Cube.

hiking
2 days ago

Great little hike - microspikes still useful right now, but could do without them. Solid uphill to start - lake is beautiful and very peaceful with a great view of the surrounding mountains.

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icy
muddy
snow
3 days ago

what a perfect day. we had the place to ourselves all morning and no bugs! a great and easy to follow trail. pretty good incline the entire way. icy about a mile up so bring spikes! the trail around the lake to the hut is one big monorail so beware of post holes!

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muddy
3 days ago

This has to be one of my favorite hikes of all time , short , sweet and spectacular !! Did this yesterday about 3/4 of the way up ice so micro spikes went on AMAZING DAY !!! Just remember this is nature so when you get to the lake be quiet it echos all around !!!

Packed snow/ice began around Lonesome Lake. Brief breaks in between the Lonesome Lake Hut and start of Fishin’ Jimmy trail but mid-way up micro spikes were needed for the rest of the ascent. Beautiful day otherwise!

Amazing, challenging and worth-every-step hike on Mt. Cube. Round trip, out and back was just over 7 miles. This took us about 7 hours which included at least half an hour lunch at the top looking out over the Northern View. We did hike to both the summit and the Northern View. While both views are gorgeous, the latter view was far more open/unobstructed. A bubbly brook can be heard throughout the hike, plenty of water crossings, stairs, log bridges and a strong straight-up, "your thighs will feel it" climb for at the least a 1/2 mile before the summit. Some mud, slight ice at the tippy top but nothing major. No complaints about this hike. Perfect!

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icy
muddy
7 days ago

My husband and I hiked this trail the other day. Pretty steep at some points but doable. Really icy at the top so the microspikes definitely helped. Our dogs loved this trail. Gorgeous views at the top.

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snow
8 days ago

Just hiked this trail today...gets pretty icy on the ascent up to the lake so if you have microspikes definitely use them. It’s tough without them but doable.

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flooded
muddy
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rocky
washed out
8 days ago

Quite challenging trail, not so well marked but trail paths are clear. Spikes are your definite asset.

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icy
muddy
8 days ago

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