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Best trails in White Mountain National Forest

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Looking for a great trail in White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire? AllTrails has 365 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 188 hard trails in White Mountain National Forest ranging from 3.3 to 136.5 miles and from 462 to 6,286 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

White Mountain National Forest lies within the White Mountains in the states of New Hampshire and Maine. It is known for great hiking trails, beautiful views including spectacular views of fall foliage, winter skiing, and ample outdoor recreation opportunities. The forest provides wildlife habitat to black bears and peregrine falcons amongst other animals. The forest is crossed by the White Mountain Trail, Kancamagus scenic drives, and part of the Appalachian Trail. Here, the Mt. Washington Cog Railway climbs to the summit of Mt. Washington, the highest peak in the northeast. The Tuckerman Ravine Trail is a popular route to the summit and boasts some of the best views.

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Map of trails in White Mountain National Forest
Park information
Acreage:
750,852 acres
Contact
603-536-6100
Top trails (365)
#1 - Mount Lafayette and Franconia Ridge Trail Loop
White Mountain National Forest
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Length: 8.6 mi • Est. 6 h 3 m
This is a very popular full day hike for good reasons. On a clear day, you are unlikely to find better views in New England. As a bonus you will ascend three peaks, including the highest mountain outShow more
#2 - Welch and Dickey Loop Trail
White Mountain National Forest
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 2 h 48 m
Although this trail is currently open for recreational use, there are restrictions of group gatherings for COVID-19 protection in place. Please see the park's website for up to date information: httpsShow more
#3 - Tuckerman Ravine Trail to Mount Washington
White Mountain National Forest
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Length: 7.9 mi • Est. 6 h
Mount Washington is the highest point in New England and the highest peak in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Often called the most dangerous small mountain in the world, Mount Washington is recoShow more
#4 - Mount Moosilauke and South Peak Loop
White Mountain National Forest
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 4 h 36 m
Please note that the lodge and parking lot has been reported closed as of July 20th, 2020. You have to park at the gate which adds about .8 both ways. A fun loop hike with an optional epic backcountShow more
#5 - Mount Tecumseh Trail
White Mountain National Forest
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 3 h 31 m
The smallest of New Hampshire's 4,000 footers (standing at 4,003 feet tall) sits adjacent to Waterville Valley Ski area. A lovely hike to do during any season! Follow the trail 1.2 miles to a view poShow more
#6 - Champney Falls Trail
White Mountain National Forest
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 43 m
Champney Falls is a series of cascades about 70 feet long. While spectacular during high water, the falls are quite meager during dry periods. Walking time to the falls and back is about 2.5 hours. ThShow more
#7 - Champney Brook Trail to Mount Chocorua
White Mountain National Forest
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 4 h 30 m
$5 for parking Long cascading waterfall with many small pools - best in spring and early summer. Easy trail ascend through hardwoods and along brook. You will have some small steep sections but overShow more
#8 - Mount Whiteface and Passaconway Loop
White Mountain National Forest
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Length: 11.3 mi • Est. 7 h 17 m
Note: climb clockwise is highly recommended. Also you must park in the Ferncroft lot else you may be parking on private property. This is a fun loop hike deep in the White Mountains to two wooded suShow more
#9 - Hancock Loop Trail
White Mountain National Forest
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Length: 9.1 mi • Est. 5 h 24 m
This is a fun loop trail to two 4,000 foot peaks (Hancock and South Hancock) in New Hampshire. There aren't any crazy great views but you'll get glimpses towards the Tripyramids, Carrigain of each mouShow more
#10 - Boulder Loop Trail
White Mountain National Forest
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 45 m
There is a fee to park.Show more
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