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The Best Mountain Hikes in Western Maine and New Hampshire



If you are looking for some larger hikes to plug into your summer schedule, here are 12 of my favorites in Western Maine and New Hampshire. This list changes each year as I discover new hikes and it surely will evolve over time, so keep checking back.


1. BALDFACE TRAIL, Chatham, NH (White Mountain National Forest)

Distance: 9.5 mile loop

Elevation Gain: 3,454 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Why we love it: Two bald peaks with expansive views, 4 miles of open ledge, emerald pool

Full blog post with photos here

Maps, directions, etc. here



2. BLUEBERRY MOUNTAIN, near Chatham, NH (but in Western Maine)

Distance: 4.8 miles out and back

Elevation Gain: 2,890 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Why we love it: Views of Evans Notch and Baldface, rattlesnake pool

Full blog post with photos here

Maps, directions, etc. here



3. MOUNT CHOCORUA via Champney Brook Trail, Albany, NH

Distance: 7.4 miles out and back

Elevation Gain: 2,244 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Why we love it: Cascading waterfall, open ledge and expansive views at summit

Full blog post with photos here

Maps, directions, etc. here



4. OLD SPECK, Newry, ME (Grafton Notch State Park)

Distance: 7.4 miles out and back

Elevation Gain: 2,870 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Why we love it: It's the highest and most northeastern peak in the Mahoosuc Range of the White Mountains. Gorgeous views and mossy, green forests.

Full blog post with photos here

Maps, directions, etc. here




5. BIGELOW PRESERVE, Carrabassett Valley, ME (Avery & West Peaks via Safford Brook)

Distance: 9 miles out and back

Elevation Gain: 3,435 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Why we love it: Stellar views from two peaks of lakes and nearby mountains

Full blog post with photos here

Maps, directions, etc. here




6. MOUNT WHITEFACE, Wonolancet, NH (Sandwich Range)

Distance: 7.1 miles out and back

Elevation Gain: 2,808 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Why we love it: It's one of the shortest 4,000 footers, be prepared for scrambling

Full blog post with photos here

Maps, directions, etc. here




7. BALDPATE MOUNTAIN via Appalachian Trail, Newry, ME (Grafton Notch State Park)

Distance: 8.3 miles out and back

Elevation Gain: 2,972 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Why we love it: Varied terrain, ladders, fall foliage

Full blog post with photos here

Maps, directions, etc. here




8. SOUTH MOAT MOUNTAIN, Conway, NH (White Mountain National Forest)

Distance: 5.8 miles out and back

Elevation Gain: 2,132 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Why we love it: Sweeping views from summit

Full blog post with photos here

Maps, directions, etc. here




9. RED RIDGE AND MOAT MOUNTAIN TRAIL LOOP, Conway, NH

Distance: 10.5 mile loop

Elevation Gain: 2,860 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Why we love it: Expansive views, waterfalls, swimming holes, a loop trail is always good.

Full blog post with photos here

Maps, directions, etc. here



10. CARIBOU MOUNTAIN, Near Gilead, ME (White Mountain National Forest)

Distance: 6.6 mile loop

Elevation Gain: 1,958 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Why we love it: Waterfall/streams, views. Download map before you go - not well marked!

Full blog post with photos here

Maps, directions, etc. here



11. OWL'S HEAD VIA LINCOLN BROOK, Near Lincoln, NH (Pemigewasset Wilderness)

Distance: 17.5 miles

Elevation Gain: 3,018 ft

Difficulty: Difficult (with accessible section at the start)

Why we love it: Babbling brooks and solitude for hours. This is a long LONG day in the woods.

Full blog post with photos here

Maps, directions, etc. here




12. TUMBLEDOWN MOUNTAIN, Near Byron, ME

Distance: 5.3 mile loop

Elevation Gain: 1,952 ft

Difficulty: Difficult

Why we love it: There is a pond near the summit!

Full blog post with photos here

Maps, directions, etc. here



Reach out with questions about any of these hikes and enjoy your time in the mountains!



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