Highlights

  • The Presidential Range Mount Washington
  • Appalachian Trail
  • The Famous Kancamagus Highway

The White Mountains of New Hampshire have been drawing tourists since 1819, when the Crawford Path was opened to take intrepid hikers (mainly artists and scientists at the time) to the summit of Mt Washington. Among the first visitors were the famous landscape artists of the Hudson River School who were attracted by the unspoiled landscape of the White Mountains. That beauty continues to this day, and famous works of art by the likes of Thomas Cole and others remain on display. Despite unpredictable weather and some of America's most challenging terrain, hikers continue to be fascinated by Whites and the tallest peaks known as the Presidential Range. Their enthusiasm helps explain the area's rich culture and history. Over 1200 miles of trails criss-cross the rugged landscape connecting alpine zones to waterfalls, mountain lakes to glacially scoured bedrock, granite cliffs, and deep forests.

Sunday Overnight: The White Mountain Hotel and Resort

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

Monday Overnight: The White Mountain Hotel and Resort

Our first walk is to Black Cap, for superb mountain views. From its open summit we'll see a myriad of mountain peaks dominated by the mile-high Presidential Range and mighty Mt. Washington. After lunch in Jackson, we'll walk a trail that encircles Mountain Pond, a serene and remote lake with a view of surrounding mountains that is uncluttered by familiar signs of civilization.

Tuesday Overnight: The White Mountain Hotel and Resort

We'll walk along the Saco River Trail to the site of the legendary Willey House in Crawford Notch, inspiration for Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story, "The Ambitious Guest", before heading to the opulent Mt. Washington Hotel to learn about the era of Grand Hotels in the White Mountains and enjoy a splendid lunch. In the afternoon, we'll hike to the summit of Mt. Willard, where, from a safe perch above a dramatic cliff, we will enjoy one of the most magnificent views in the mountains.

Wednesday Overnight: The White Mountain Hotel and Resort

We spend the morning exploring Pinkham Notch beginning with a short climb to lively Crystal Cascade, a gem of a waterfall. We then follow the famed Appalachian Trail to the rocky shore of secluded Lost Pond. We complete the morning with awesome views, top to bottom, of mighty Glen Ellis Falls as it thunders over a vertical cliff into a deep pool at its base. We'll enjoy a picnic lunch before driving into the heart of the mountains to a remote trailhead, then follow a path fringed with wildflowers, ferns, mosses and wild edibles to Sawyer Pond, a clear, cold bowl of a lake, cradled by steep, thickly forested ridges; a great spot to listen for a loon or hear a raven's call echo from the surrounding mountains.

Thursday Overnight: The White Mountain Hotel and Resort

This morning's walk follows a swift running river along the Nanamocomuck Trail from Albany Bridge to Falls Pond and Rocky Gorge. Afterwards we'll drive the scenic Kancamagus Highway to lunch at the Gypsy Caf, a local favorite in Lincoln. This afternoon we'll make our way to the Flume, where a boardwalk allows us to safely explore its entire length while a graded path leads to Avalanche Falls, Liberty Gorge, the Pool, and across two covered bridges.

Friday

We'll circle lovely Echo Lake prior to lunch in North Conway. After lunch we'll shuttle to Portland Airport for onward travel.
Moderate-Energetic
A 5-day trip is really the best way to experience the wonderful hiking and hospitality to be found in the White Mountains.
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
usd3,395.00
per person, double occupancy
(Single Supplement usd595.00)
Our Wayfarers friends' Price is USD3,225.00

Dates

From Sep 29 to Oct 4 (more dates)
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Arrival: Portland, ME
Departure: Portland, ME
New Hampshire White Mountains September 2019 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