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The Best Backpacking in New Hampshire

Looking for the best backpacking in New Hampshire? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around New Hampshire. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top backpacking spots in and near New Hampshire

  • Jackson, New Hampshire

    Hike Tuckerman's Ravine Trail on Mt. Washington

    4.8
    9 mi
    While this trail is open year round with winter hiking/skiing down the ravine walls, this entry will focus on hiking in the warmer months.Your hike starts behind the Pinkham Notch AMC Center in Jackson, NH at an elevation of approximately 2050 ft. There is plenty of parking at the visitors cente...
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  • Franconia, New Hampshire

    Backpack the Franconia Ridge Loop

    4.5
    14.5 mi / 3000 ft gain
    This is a multi-day backpacking loop in Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire (located in the the White Mountains).Leave the car at the Lafayette Place Campground, (about 1700' elevation), then head up 1.4mi to Lonesome Lake. If you start hiking in the evening, as the sun is setting, you can ...
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  • Hart's Location, New Hampshire

    Hike Mt. Crawford

    5.0
    5 mi
    Don't let the relatively short 2.5 mile hike up Mt. Crawford fool you, you certainly work for the amazing views from the summit. Located in Crawford Notch, park in the Davis Path lot almost directly across from the Notchland Inn on Rt. 302. The trail starts by going over a footbridge crossing the...
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  • Lincoln, New Hampshire

    Hike to Bondcliff

    5.0
    18 mi / 3110 ft gain
    Park at the Lincoln Woods Visitors Center off the Kancamagus Highway where the Lincoln Woods Trailhead begins. Because of such a long hike, it's best to start at daybreak, or as early as possible to make it back before dark. The trail starts at the beginning of a suspension bridge crossing the Ea...
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  • Gorham, New Hampshire

    Backpack to Osgood Tentsite and Hike Mount Madison

    5.0
    9.3 mi / 4521 ft gain
    Begin at Great Gulf Trailhead (located on the west side of NH Route 16, about 1.5 mi. south of the junction with Dolly Copp Rd.) which offers a large fee for parking lot. Bring cash and pay at the self service pay station then display your receipt in car. Walk towards the back of the parking lot ...
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  • Lincoln, New Hampshire

    Hike Mt. Liberty and Camp at Liberty Springs Tent Site

    7 mi / 2870 ft gain
    Liberty Springs Trail is a moderately trafficked out and back trail in the heart of Franconia Notch State Park and the White Mountains. The trail is a part of the Appalachian Trail, which allows it to remain very well maintained throughout the year. The trail is listed as difficult and strenuous ...
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  • Crawford Notch Road, New Hampshire

    Hike the Tom, Field, Willey and Avalon Traverse

    10.2 mi / 3300 ft gain
    For hikers en route to climbing the 67 4,000 footers of Northern New England, or for those looking for a day-long mini-adventure, this four-peaks-in-one traverse is a spectacular must. Mount Tom, Mount Field, and Mount Willey are all above 4,000 feet, and Mount Avalon caps at 3,442 feet. The tota...
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  • Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire

    Backpack the Pemi Loop

    5.0
    32 mi / 9000 ft gain
    This round trip loop is the combination of many trails within the Pemigewasset Wilderness. We chose to this hike up into a 3 day backpacking trip although we came across some particularly adventurous folks who were doing it in 2 and even 1 day. We also came across hikers less pressed for time who...
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  • Gorham, New Hampshire

    Snowshoe to Carter Notch Hut

    7.8 mi / 2200 ft gain
    The nineteen mile brook trail is a winding path up approximately 2200 feet of elevation over the course of 3.9 miles. That distance feels a lot farther when you are breaking trail in 18-24 inches of snow and you are carrying 35 lb packs on your backs.  Luckily we started out early and we able to ...
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  • Jefferson, New Hampshire

    Ski Touring the Pemigewasset Wilderness Traverse

    23 mi / 4500 ft gain
    The Pemigewasset Wilderness is a 45,000-acre treasure embedded within the spectacular “Whites” of New Hampshire. It’s a remote, less often travelled wilderness than the nearby Presidential Range but no less spectacular. The winter “Pemi Traverse”, a 23 mile tour from Bretton Woods to Lincoln, jum...
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  • Lyme, New Hampshire

    Smarts Mountain via Appalachian Trail

    6.94 mi / 2260 ft gain
    Smarts Mountain via Appalachian Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Lyme, New Hampshire.
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  • Hart's Location, New Hampshire

    Ethan Pond, Thoreau Falls, Shoal Pond Loop

    20.34 mi / 2995 ft gain
    Ethan Pond, Thoreau Falls, Shoal Pond Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Bartlett, New Hampshire.
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  • Jackson, New Hampshire

    Lake of the Clouds from Mount Washington Summit via Crawford Path

    5.0
    2.81 mi / 1224 ft gain
    Lake of the Clouds from Mount Washington Summit via Crawford Path is an out-and-back trail that provides a good opportunity to view wildlife located near Randolph, New Hampshire.
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  • Randolph, New Hampshire

    Presidential Traverse Trail

    20.44 mi / 8150 ft gain
    Presidential Traverse Trail is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a lake located near Randolph, New Hampshire.
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  • Randolph, New Hampshire

    Mt Madison to Mt Adams to Mt Jefferson Loop

    12.14 mi / 5919 ft gain
    Mt Madison to Mt Adams to Mt Jefferson Loop is a loop trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Randolph, New Hampshire.
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  • Hart's Location, New Hampshire

    Ethan Pond to Zealand Falls via Thoreau Falls

    14.5 mi / 2398 ft gain
    Ethan Pond to Zealand Falls via Thoreau Falls is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Bartlett, New Hampshire.
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