The White Mountains of New Hampshire have been drawing tourists and hikers since the Crawford Path to the summit of Mt Washington was built in 1819. Painters and scientists were soon exploring and publicizing the region while railroads eventually brought more tourists seeking refuge from the cities ushering in the period of grand hotels. Well visit the grandest of all, the Mount Washington Hotel, one of the few that survives today. Over 1200 miles of trails criss-cross the rugged landscape connecting alpine zones to waterfalls, mountain lakes to the glacially scoured bedrock of the Basin, granite cliffs and deep forest to grand hotels. Well enjoy a number of splendid waterfalls and well climb a couple of the more accessible mountains for magnificent views.

Sunday Overnight: The White Mountain Hotel and Resort

Meet at Portland Airport, or at the hotel for an Introductory Talk and Welcome Dinner.

Monday Overnight: The White Mountain Hotel and Resort

Our journey begins with a short walk to the summit of Black Cap Mountain. Looking out from its large open ledge, there's no missing the rolling succession of mountain tops that appear as foothills to towering Mt. Washington. Later, a profusion of wildflowers and berries fringe the path leading to Sawyer Pond. This sparkling gem is hidden beneath thickly forested ridges; the perfect spot to see loons and hear ravens' calls echo from the mountains.

Tuesday Overnight: The White Mountain Hotel and Resort

This morning we set out to Arethusa Falls. With a drop of nearly 200 ft, this is the highest fall in New Hampshire. The mile-long climb is steep, but our gentle pace will allow us time to enjoy the forest and each other's company, and stop along the way. Once we are at the falls, we'll cross Bemis Brook to get the best views of the misty tumbling waters. After lunch, transfer to a restored railroad station, then join the remains of a carriage road that summited Mount Willard from 1845 till the 1940's. The trail gradually levels off and beyond the trees up ahead we'll see¦.nothing¦. we are at the top of an enormous cliff! We'll find some level ground to safely view one of the most extraordinary vistas in the White Mountains - from the summit of Mt. Washington to the floor of glacially carved Crawford Notch.

Wednesday Overnight: The White Mountain Hotel and Resort

Our day begins at the Flume, the Pool, and the Basin “among the most famous natural attractions in the Whites, located in a narrow gorge. A boardwalk clings to the wall of the Flume allowing us to safely explore its entire length while a graded path leads to Avalanche Falls, Liberty Gorge, the Pool, and across two covered bridges. The Basin is an immense glacially formed pot-hole that Henry Thoreau called the most remarkable curiosity of its kind in New England. After lunch, hike from Franconia Notch to Lonesome Lake. It's a climb, but the footing is good and switchbacks ease the steep ascent. After viewing rugged Franconia Ridge, we'll walk around the lake, occasionally on a boardwalk, observing the unusual plants that thrive in the peat bog rimming the water.

Thursday Overnight: The White Mountain Hotel and Resort

Follow an abandoned railroad grade most of the way up the Zealand River valley. Maybe we'll spot a beaver or moose. We'll join with the Appalachian Trail for the final approach to Zealand Falls. Then it's just a bit further up to the AMC hut, with its fine views, and lunch by the falls. After lunch, we'll take a slight detour on our way back to the hotel to explore a stretch of the Ammonoosuc River. Thousands of years ago, torrents of glacial runoff produced a stunning string of pot holes, falls, and gorges along the river here. It's well worth seeing before we relax on the deck of the fabulous Mount Washington Hotel.

Friday

Our final day of hiking explores Pinkham Notch, where the AMC visitor center is located. From the visitor center, we'll walk to Crystal Cascade, gushing from the heart of Mt Washington, and take a short hike to lovely Lost Pond. Just down the road, at Glen Ellis Falls, three different viewing levels allow us so close to the water we'll feel the cooling spray tickle our faces. Shuttle to Portland Airport.
Moderate
Favorite aspect of the trip (testimonial)
Terrain: A mix of graded trails to rougher trails with very uneven footing of loose rock and slippery roots. Elevation gains up to 1000. Mostly forested with open vistas. Elevation range between 600 to 2800 above sea level. 5 - 7 mile of hiking per day.

TRIP DETAILS

5 nights from
$2,995.00
per person, double occupancy
(Single Supplement $495.00)
Our Wayfarers friends' Price is $2,845.00

Dates

From Jul 8 to Jul 13 (more dates)
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Arrival: Portland, ME
Departure: Portland, ME

Activities

Walk Classic
New Hampshire White Mountains July 2018 Map

Hotels - Where we stay

The White Mountain Hotel and Resort

The White Mountain Hotel and Resort

A quintessential New England location the White Mountain Hotel and Resort offers 80 rooms in surrounded by the beautiful mountain of New Hampshire. Accommodations feature traditional dcor with modern amenities. Rooms have premium bedding, flat screen TVs, hairdryers, eco-friendly Aveda amenities, and coffee makers. All guest rooms are smoke free. Wi-fi is available in all rooms and public areas. On-site guest laundry is available. The hotel has a year round heated outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, fitness center, Finnish sauna, spa services, and gift shop. There are two restaurants and on-tire and a bar/lounge. Echo Lake State Park is adjacent to the resort with accessible walking trails.

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What Is Included in the Price of My Vacation

  • Full-time services of two staff - a Walk Leader and Walk Manager
  • A backup vehicle for resting walkers and moving luggage
  • Comprehensive Travel Information Package and Reading List
  • Diverse itineraries with an emphasis on history, geography, culture, peoples, flora and fauna
  • Demonstrations, wine tasting, admissions to museums and historic sites
  • All ground transfers (ferries, cable cars, trains, etc.)
  • Maps and unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip
  • First-class accommodations with cultural and historical interest
  • All meals - with choices - (Special dietary requirements? No problem!)
  • Wine with dinner
  • On-trail snacks and refreshments
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants