National Mountain Climbing Day is August 1, and what better way to spend time with the whole family than getting some exercise outdoors. New Hampshire’s vast wilderness is complete with many mountain ranges for hikers and families of any experience level.
Take the whole fam, including your pets, on this short trail with incredible views. In less than 40 minutes, hikers can reach the summit of Mount Kearsarge via the Rollins and Lincoln trail, which is less than a mile. Dogs are welcome on the trail, and visitors will even find a few spots on the mountain where they can be let of their leash to explore. Perfect for families who don’t have time for an all-day excursion but are looking to get those beautiful scenic views of the White Mountains, this spot is the one to beat.
A hike with a reward, kids of all ages will love Pitcher Mountain. This quick 25-minute trip to the summit is perfect for our summertime lovers, with fresh blueberries and raspberries for enjoyment at the top during the summer months. An easier trail for parents to bring their youngest, and under a mile round-trip, this is another great destination to take the family on your next hiking trip.
Miller State Park, Peterborough
Make a stop at the oldest state park in New Hampshire, Miller State Park in Peterborough. With a paved road taking visitors right to the summit, the 1.3-mile drive is a scenic and relaxing way to spend National Mountain Climbing Day. Hiking trails are also an option, including the 21-mile Wapack Trail, which takes hikers all the way from Mt. Watatic in Massachusetts to North Pack Monadnock in New Hampshire. If the sky is clear enough, climbers are lucky enough to catch views of Mount Washington and Boston’s tallest skyscrapers at the summit.
Make your hike worth the hike, by taking the Bemis Brook Trail up to New Hampshire’s tallest waterfall. Another easy trail to take the kids along, Crawford Notch State Park features 10 waterfalls, one of them being well-known Arethusa Falls. Although this climb is a little longer at an average time of an hour and a half, this is definitely a spot travelers won’t want to skip.