Best Winter NH 4,000 Footers For A Beginner

1. Mount Waumbek

Waumbek is a perfect winter hike option for someone who is just starting out their winter hiking career. It is one of the easier 4K’s in New Hampshire. The Starr King trail is gradual and gentle on the knees, perfect for practicing using snowshoes while gaining elevation. This trail brings you across the smaller Mount Starr King at 3,907′. The views are somewhat limited, but if you walk about 1/4 mile past the true summit you’ll find a clearing that will give you a decent view of the Presidential Range.

2. Mount Pierce

Mount Pierce is located in the Southern Presidential range next to its neighbor, Mount Jackson at 4,052′ and Mount Eisenhower at 4,780′. The Crawford Path begins on Route 302 in Crawford Notch. The gradualness of the trail is what makes this an excellent option for a first winter hike. The summit of Mount Pierces offers amazing 360 degree views and on a clear day you’ll be able to spot Mount Washington in the distance.

3. Mount Moosilauke

Moosilauke is the perfect peak for new hikers looking to experience some above treeline winter conditions. The Glenncliff trail is very gentle with a few sections of steepness near the top. Be sure to come prepared with traction and snowshoes to maneuver the icier sections. The above treeline stretch is only about a 1/2 mile with views from every direction.

4. Mount Jackson

Mount Jackson via the Webster-Jackson trail (5.2 miles, 2,150 feet) is another less challenging and shorter trek up to a summit with incredible views.


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