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 incredible Outbound community.

  • Hike Tuckerman's Ravine Trail on Mt. Washington

    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....

    9 miles

  • Backpack the Franconia Ridge Loop

    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 hiki...

    14.5 miles 3000 ft gain

  • Hike Mt. Crawford

    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 tr...

    5 miles

  • Hike to Bondcliff

    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 th...

    18 miles 3110 ft gain

  • Backpack to Osgood Tentsite and Hike Mount Madison

    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...

    9.3 miles 4521 ft gain

  • Hike Mt. Liberty and Camp at Liberty Springs Tent Site

    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 yea...

    7 miles 2870 ft gain

  • Hike the Tom, Field, Willey and Avalon Traverse

    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 f...

    10.2 miles 3300 ft gain

  • Snowshoe to Carter Notch Hut

    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 ba...

    7.8 miles 2200 ft gain

  • Backpack the Pemi Loop

    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...

    32 miles 9000 ft gain

  • Ski Touring the Pemigewasset Wilderness Traverse

    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”,...

    23 miles 4500 ft gain