Your Guide To Summer Hiking In New Hampshire

Leave Your Plans

Before heading out on a hike, leave your plans with a friend or family member. Let them know what trails you intend on taking and what time to expect you to return home.

Water Crossing Safety

Use extreme caution when crossing over flowing waterways. Note that the water levels on rivers and streams may rise suddenly and become highly dangerous to ford. Sometimes water levels can be high enough that crossing over safely just isn’t possible. Know your limits and don’t be afraid to turn around.


Don’t just assume you will be rescued in the event of an emergency. Know how to rescue yourself by educating yourself, making smart decisions, and properly preparing for any hike.

Foul Weather

While the weather is known to change quickly and drastically in the mountains, unexpected conditions can affect your hike. Know when to turn around and postpone your hike. Remember that the mountains will be there another day. Also above tree-line you are fully exposed to rain and wind so you must be prepared in case these conditions may occur.

Hike In Groups

Always stay together when hiking in groups. Be sure that you start as a group, and end as a group. Pace your hike to the slowest person and never leave a member behind.

Stay Hydrated

Summer brings dry, hot weather and scorching temps in the mountains. Even if you do not feel thirsty, stop and drink water frequently to avoid becoming dehydrated or overheating.

Purchase a HikeSafe card from The NH Fish and Game Department. Learn more.

Recommended Clothing and Equipment

  • Map
  • Compass
  • Warm Clothing
  • Sweater or Pile Jacket
  • Long Pants (wool or synthetic)
  • Hat
  • Extra Food and Water
  • Flashlight or Headlamp
  • Waterproof Matches
  • First Aid Kit
  • Whistle
  • Rain/Wind Jacket and Pants
  • Pocket Knife
  • Proper Hiking Footwear
  • Extra Socks
  • Emergency Bivvy/Blanket
  • Insect Repellant
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Repair Kit
  • Gloves or Mittens
  • Water Purification
  • Cord/Rope
  • Trekking Poles
  • Gaiters
  • Extra Batteries
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