Bretton Woods, New Hampshire might be one of the most famous skiing destinations in the state, but this spot also has plenty more activities to offer. One of the most popular is hiking. Once the snow melts, incredible Bretton Woods hiking trails are revealed. There are trails here for those who are seeking a leisurely stroll as well as serious hikers that desire a challenging trek. Before you hit the trail, here are some tips to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable hiking trip in Bretton Woods
Before you step out the door of your cozy vacation rental, there are a few basics to cover when it comes to hiking in Bretton Woods. First of all, you are going to need the right equipment. The most important piece of the puzzle is a sturdy pair of hiking boots with slip-proof soles. Some of the local trails have steep inclines and can be muddy or slippery after serious rainfall and in the spring. A solid pair of shoes will ensure that you will be able to meet any challenges you find on the trail. Other basics include a good supply of bottled water, sunscreen, and insect repellent.
Research Local Trails
The next piece of the puzzle is to research Bretton Woods hiking trails. Are you hiking with kids? Seeking views? Searching for a hike with only a little incline? Answering these questions in advance will ensure an enjoyable hiking experience.
Mount Willard Trail
One of the most popular Bretton Woods hiking trails is the Mount Willard Trail. This is a steep trail that offers incredible views of Mount Willard
and Crawford Notch
. The total mileage of the hike is 3.2 miles with an elevation gain of 900 feet. While you can expect this hike to take three to four hours, many hikers (and kids too) find the views from the top very rewarding. The trail type is out and back, as opposed to a loop, so you will retrace your steps after soaking in the views.
Crawford Notch Trail
Another great local option in Bretton Woods is the Crawford Notch Trail. This is a classic loop trail (no need to retrace your steps here) and you will encounter a variety of scenery along the way including waterfalls, mountain views, and more. This is a serious hike, for people with relatively good fitness. The mileage clocks in at 10 total miles, and the hike can take up to 7 hours. Pack a hearty picnic and you can enjoy the hike over the course of an entire day. With an elevation gain of over 3,000 feet, this trail isn't appropriate for most kids.
If you're looking for a simple hike over relatively flat terrain, then Zealand Falls is for you. Besides the beautiful views, this hike is especially family-friendly because of the cabin you'll find at the end providing refreshing lemonade. Other great local hikes with waterfalls views include the Arethusa Falls trail
, the Ripley Falls trail
, and the Thoreau Falls trail
The Length of Your Hike
Besides views and level of incline, it's important to determine how long it takes to hike the trail. Trails can generally be broken down into three categories: easy (less than 3 hours), moderate (3 to 5 hours), or strenuous (5 to 10 hours). More examples of local trails include easy options ( Sugarloaf trail
), moderate trails ( Mt. Avalon trail
and Mt. Hale trail
) and strenuous options ( Edmands Trail
and the Twins trail
). With so many choices, you might be compelled to return to Bretton Woods
again for another hiking vacation.
Bretton Woods Cabin Rentals
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