The state of New Hampshire has 48 4,000-foot mountains to climb. If you’re an avid climber, we definitely recommend trying to tackle them all at some point in your life, as they all provide absolutely stunning experiences. If that’s your thing, then investing in an NH 4,000 footer map can help you customize your climbs even further and commemorate each trip.
Of course, 48 climbs might not be the most realistic for every climber. So, next time you’re in the state, make sure to check out at least one of these.
Mount Washington Mount Washington is the tallest and most famous of the New Hampshire 48. It isn’t the easiest climb, but it promises a spectacular view of the surrounding mountain ranges that you really will not want to miss. On a clear day, the views from the summit can extend far beyond New Hampshire — sometimes as far as 130 miles to Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Maine, Quebec, and the Atlantic Ocean.
Mount Pierce This is a great option for those hikers who are looking for spectacular views without so much strenuous physical activity involved. At the summit, you’ll have nearly 360-degree views, including Mount Washington’s southern aspect, the Ammonoosuc Ravine and the Cog Railway. The great part about Mount Pierce is the sheer number of paths to get to and from the top. Whether it’s your first time hiking the mountain or you’re a seasoned alum, you’ll surely still be surprised by all it has to offer.
Mount Carrigan This 10-mile hike is well worth the time and effort it will take to get to the summit. Luckily, it’s only five miles in each direction — and the view from the top is sure to take your mind off the steps it took to get there. From the summit, you’ll have views of Mount Washington and the mighty Presidential Range, as well as the Pemigewasset Wilderness and Signal Ridge.
Mount Madison Mount Madison is another of the more difficult hikes, though it is well worth the sweat for the stunning views that you’re going to get at the top. Despite being under eight miles round trip, this is a route that is rocky and rugged. It also gains roughly 3,500 feet in elevation. Once at the summit, the dramatic sightings of Mount Jefferson, Mount Adams, and Mount Washington will be undeniably magnificent.
Cannon Mountain If a lower effort hike sounds like it's more in the cards for you, then try Cannon Mountain. This is a 4.4-mile round trip hike up the Hi-Cannon Trail, and it only gains around 2,000 feet throughout the course of the trip to the top. Once you reach the summit, you’ll have a great vantage point to spot the Franconia Ridge and, of course, will be able to spot the Presidentials as well. To the south, you will be able to see the Kinsmans. To the west, you’ll spot the Connecticut River and Vermont’s Green Mountains.