Best trails in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire

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Looking for a great trail near Waterville Valley, New Hampshire? AllTrails has 22 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views 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. If you're looking for the best trails around Crawford Notch State Park or Franconia Notch State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like White Mountain National Forest or West Rattlesnake Natural Area. Ready for some activity? There are 12 moderate trails in Waterville Valley ranging from 3.1 to 7.6 miles and from 1,272 to 4,009 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire
Top trails (22)
#1 - 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 official 4,000 footers (standing at 4,003 feet tall) sits adjacent to the Waterville Valley Ski area and there is a large parking lot off of Ski Area Road. A lovely hike to do during any season! Follow the Mount Tecumseh Trail 1.2 miles to a viewpoint, then go another 1 (steep) mile to the cross trail between the Tecumseh Trail and the Sosman trail. From there, the summit is 0.3 miles away. There are no switchbacks as you are essentially climbing up a ski run. The loop around the summit is a narrow monorail. There are limited views, but it is still beautiful! Show more
#2 - Mount Tripyramid Loop Trail
White Mountain National Forest
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Length: 11.6 mi • Est. 6 h 4 m
This trail is challenging and strenuous with 45 degree climbs for extended periods but has great rewarding views. Take Livermore road east until you hit the Tripyramid North Slide Trail. If it is wet you may want to walk a bit longer on the Livermore trail and climb using the Scaur Ridge Trail. Enjoy the views on the way up and on the way down. Once you finish climbing the North Ridge, you may want to rest on the North Tripyramid for a while, before continuing to the Middle and South Tripyramids (easy hike there). Climbing down is through the Tripyramid Trail, South Slide. The surface here is granular, so it will be easier to climb down via the south than via the north (but it will still take time). Once you reach the Livermore Rd, walk back to the car. You will not forget this hike.Show more
#3 - Drakes Brook Trail to Jennings Peak
White Mountain National Forest
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 3 h 51 m
Counter-clockwise is the way to go if you'd like to get the climbs in and steep parts out early. Great views from Noon and Jennings. This trail is amazing once the leaves have fallen. You can also see Mt Washington off in the distance. Show more
#4 - Mount Tecumseh Trail
White Mountain National Forest
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 3 h 47 m
One of the easier New Hampshire 4k Mountains. In and out hike through the Tecumseh Trail that traverses through a couple of brooks and fairly dense forest. Show more
#5 - Jennings Peak and Sandwich Mountain Trail Loop
White Mountain National Forest
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Length: 7.9 mi • Est. 4 h 59 m
#6 - Cascade Path, Upper Snows Mountain and Beanbender Loop
White Mountain National Forest
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 41 m
#7 - Fletcher's Cascade Trail
Sandwich Range Wilderness
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 16 m
#8 - Sandwich Mountain Trail
Sandwich Range Wilderness
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Length: 6.9 mi • Est. 4 h 34 m
#9 - Goodrich Rock Trail via Greeley Ponds Trail
White Mountain National Forest
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 2 h 4 m
#10 - Irene's Path to the Scaur
White Mountain National Forest
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 5 m
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