Return to Content

The Best Scenic Hikes in the White Mountains | Yankee Magazine Chooses the Best 5

The Best Scenic Hikes in the White Mountains | Yankee Magazine Chooses the Best 5
6 votes, 4.83 avg. rating (94% score)
Franconia Ridge

Photo/Art by Jim SalgeFranconia Ridge

The peripatetic Marty Basch lives and hikes in the high country of north-central New Hampshire, the source for his bicycling book, The White Mountain Ride Guide: A Backroad and Trailside Companion (Top of the World Communications, 1998), among his other outdoor adventure accounts. Read his picks for the best scenic hikes in the White Mountains. For more on his travels, read “One Tank Away,” online at: martybasch.com

Mount Eisenhower

There’s nothing easy about a New Hampshire 4,000-footer, but the taxing trek up 4,760-foot Eisenhower in Chandlers Purchase generally offers fine footing before the steep push to its flat, bald crown; the awe-inspiring view takes in fellow outlying Presidential Range jewels. J. Rayner Edmands’ careful trail design has withstood countless steps since 1909, helping hikers to reach the sweeping panorama. Edmands Path & Mount Eisenhower Loop, 6.6 miles
round trip. Trailhead on Mount Clinton Road, Crawfords Purchase, NH.

Welch & Dickey Mountains

A splendid loop connects these two low-lying mountains near Waterville Valley, featuring Mad River Valley vistas, mostly forgiving hiking, and incredible ledges. There’s some rock scrambling, but the eye candy is worth it. Welch-Dickey Loop Trail, 4.4 miles. Trailhead 6 miles east on Route 49 from I-93 Exit 28; turn left on Upper Mad River Road and right on Orris Road, Waterville Valley, NH.

Mount Willard

The hike to the ledges of this small Willey Range peak in Crawford Notch serves up an eagle’s-eye view of a U-shaped valley. The trek leaves a lofty neighborhood—including the source of the Saco River, a train depot, and the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Highland Center—and ends at an open perch showcasing the towering Webster Cliffs, historic Willey Slide, and more. Mount Willard Trail, 3.2 miles round trip. Trailhead on Route 302, about 8 miles south of junction Routes 302/3, Crawford Notch State Park, Harts Location, NH.

Franconia Ridge

Sign-up for Yankee Magazine's FREE enewsletter!

and get a free digital issue, plus 30% off in the Yankee Store

Your New England Minute
Yankee Recipe Box
Yankee Exclusive Offers
Great Yankee Giveaway
Yankee's Travel Exclusives Newsletter

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Comments maybe edited for length and clarity.

yankee-giftsub-apr2014-v2