6 Fall Foliage Hikes in the White Mountains

It would be quite a challenge to come to the White Mountains in the height of fall and not see amazing foliage. If you want to immerse yourself in the fall scenery around you, we recommend taking a fall foliage hike for a new perspective. Here are 6 hikes sure to wow you with their views.

Mount Moosilauke - The summit of this 4,802’ beauty is bare rock face, offering stunning 360 ° views looking east towards Franconia Ridge and the Presidentials. The most popular trail to the summit is the Gorge Brook Trail, which is a moderate 3.7 miles that starts at the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge.

South Moat -This often over-looked mountain peak will leave you in awe of its 360 ° views of Mt. Chocorua, the Presidentials, the Pemi Wilderness, and the village of Conway from its bare, rocky summit. Coming in at 2,770’, you could choose to complete the 5 mile trek, or for more of an adventure, you could add Middle and North Moat for a total of 9.6 miles. The trailhead begins near the Swift River Bridge in Conway.

West Rattlesnake Mountain - This is definitely one of those trails that offers “a lot of bang for your buck!” This 2.3 mile loop trail is on the easy side of moderate and offers spanning views of Squam Lake, its many islands, and the mountains beyond. The trailhead can be accessed off of Route 113 in Holderness.

Mount Tecumseh - It may be the smallest of the 4,000 footers, coming in at 4,003’, but this 4.9 mile hike offers stunning foliage views of Waterville Valley and beyond. The summit is somewhat in the pines, but the view peeking out is still lovely. You can access the trailhead from Waterville Valley Ski Area off of Route 49.

Mount Hayes - This 2,555’ mountain in Gorham is part of the Mahoosuc Range, and is on the Appalachian Trail. The summit does not offer the spectacular views that the South Cliffs of Hayes do, so you need to take the 0.3 spur to catch the stunning views of the Androscoggin River, the Presidentials, and Pinkham Notch.

Kearsarge North – Interestingly enough, there are TWO Mount Kearsarge's in New Hampshire but the one we're talking about here is the 3,268' Kearsarge North in the North Conway area. There is an historic fire tower at the summit which offers incredible views of the changing leaves of the forest below as well as the Moats, the Ossipee Range, the Tripyramids and many more. This is a more challenging hike, but well worth the view at the top.