April 21

Peak Bagging New Hampshire’s White Mountains

New Hampshire’s White Mountains are home to 48 peaks that rise 4,000 feet or more above sea level. When you have a number of mountains that share a common trait in the same general area, you get peak baggers.

Peak Bagging, simply put, is when a hiker attempts to summit a collection of mountains. Peak Baggers tend to be people who are competitive and are always looking for that next challenge. The NH48 list is just that: a list of mountains with a mix of trails where you can hike over rock fields, get above treeline for miles, scramble up a slide, or break trail in winter.

Mt Washington Sign
Mt Washington Warning Sign

Who doesn’t like a good challenge? For me, hiking isn’t just about beautiful mountain vistas. I am always looking to challenge myself. Peak bagging isn’t a competition against others, but really versus yourself. How can you push yourself more on your next hike? These are some of the elements I consider when planning out my New Hampshire adventures:


Hiking Fast and Light

Peak bagging at its finest involves getting to the summit of multiple mountains or sub peaks in one trip. A Presidential Traverse fits the bill with a 20 mile trek across seven 4000-footers, including the five tallest on the list.


Great Gulf Wilderness Area
The Great Gulf Wilderness Area


Night Hiking

Who says a hike has to end when the sun goes down? The beauty of hiking at night is experiencing the trail transform. There’s nothing like being miles away from civilization, under the stars. There’s a sense of serenity that is unique to hiking at night


Be sure to check out part two of the 48 Peaks Challenge article