Either can be used as an overnight stop for those who wish to continue hiking in the Presidential range. Both huts require a reservation and are not open year round. spectacular 360 degree views from its summit including a stunning vantage of Franconia Ridge, as well as the Green Mountains and Adirondacks in the other direction.
Considerations: The “chimney” can be rather nerve-racking, especially when wet or icy. This would only be used if you include East Osceola in your route. Note- with East peak, the hike will be 8.4 miles, 2950′ elevation gain, and a book time of 5:40. Really amazing trailwork and some fun sections heading up! There are some beautiful views from the summit, plus next time you ski Waterville, you can say you hiked it! 😉 While it is a great beginner hike for those new to the NH 4K list, don’t let the numbers deceive you. Prepare for this hike by training on smaller peaks as there are some long, steady climbs that do get fairly steep. Views are beautiful but not as dramatic as some of the options above as it is in the Waterville Valley area and not surrounded by many taller peaks.
With these peaks, you will be on your way to becoming a peak bagger! Make sure to consult the many resources available online and in book form before you start your hike. Are you planning on starting your New Hampshire 4000-footer journey this year? 24 Responses to : New Hampshire 4000 Footers For Beginners. I’m going to begin the list on Tecumseh hopefully in June!! I felt so lost looking at all the peaks and where to start. What a great resource 😀 I have a friend who is really active (hikes, works out at the gym, bikes, etc) that wants to do a 4k with me when he visits in June. Which would be the best option for someone that only has time for one? Really amazing views and the terrain is pretty varied. For someone in good shape, you would be able to tag the summit, enjoy the views and be back down in enough time for a bite to eat at Moat Mountain 🙂 Thank you for this list!! I want to try out one this weekend but I’m a little nervous about ice/snow still being around. I don’t have any special equipment if there is still ice. Do you think any of these in particular would a safe bet or should I wait a few more weeks? The road is closed and there is still a lot of snow. I would wait a few weeks to begin as the conditions get pretty horrid this time of year! I took your advice and started with some smaller mountains (Mount Monadnock & Plymouth Mountian). In the first week of October I hiked Tecumseh and two days ago my wife and I hiked Osceola and East Osceola from Tripoli Road. As when winter comes I prefer to ride the chairlift, but I’m already thinking about some great 2016 hikes. It really is starting to look like winter out there. I think if you’re just starting out, taking a break from higher peaks is a good idea, but you should try and scope out some winter hiking gear deals at the end of winter because you might be rearing to do some winter hiking by next year! Driving to the lodge, I must have taken a wrong turn and passed by the Beaver Brook trailhead instead. I knew it is a difficult trail, and boy, was it ever. There is a sign that recommends to use another trail if you are not experienced. 2000 foot vertical in the first mile, total of 3100. That first half mile was a killer, extremely steep with iron handholds and steps drilled into the rock.
The nice thing is after that, it’s only another 1100 feet vertical in the next 2 miles to the top. So, my point is, if you are going to hike Moosilauke, and you are just getting started, Beaver Brook is not recommended. Find the lodge and start there, or just be prepared for a difficult Beaver Brook hike. I am new at this and wondering if the times mentioned on trails are one way or in and back? I’m just starting out (2 of 48) and starting to think about some easy to moderate winter hikes. I did Cannon in Sept and Moosilauke (Beaver Brook – absolutely loved this one despite the mild hangover and rugged terrain) just this past weekend, but I don’t want to kill my momentum by skipping the next.
Do you have any recommendations on beginner/intermediate winter hikes in the NH 4k list?