New England has some incredible hiking. Whether it is the highest peaks of the White Mountains, the cold waters of mountain streams, or the seacoast of Maine and New Hampshire, there is a hike for just about everyone to enjoy. To see some of the most beautiful views in all of New England, you are likely going to have to work hard for it, but certain places like Mount Washington, or Cadillac Mountain are accessible to everyone. Here is a list of the best hikes in New England.

Mount Washington

As the highest peak in the northeast, Mount Washington doesn’t disappoint. With incredible views in all directions, incredible hiking trails, a road to the summit, and even a cog railroad up to the summit, it is one of those New England gems that is accessible to many, often filled with tourists, but still allows hikers to feel isolated in the wilderness.

Mount Washington

Height: 6,288 feet

Distance: 8.2 Miles

Elevation Gain: 4,186 feet

Duration: 5-10 hours (dependent on hiker’s ability)

Difficulty: Strenuous

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Mount Katahdin

Mount Katahdin is Maine’s highest peak. The legendary knifes edge trail is spectacular, and stands out as extremely unique for the northeast. The hiking is difficult, but extremely rewarding. The summit of Katahdin is also the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail.

Maine Hiking Guide

Elevation: 5,269 feet

Elevation Gain: Around 4,000 feet depending on the trail.

Difficulty: Strenuous


Distance: 8.6 miles

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Cadillac Mountain

Cadillac Mountain is one of those rare hiking gems where you don’t have to put in crazy amounts of effort to be rewarded with absolutely incredible views. With some of the first views of Sunrise in the U.S. each morning, the 360 degree views of the oceans and surrounding lakes are fantastic. Drivable, this mountain is accessible to all.

Cadillac Mountain Sunrise

Height: 1,530 Feet (466 Meters)

Distance: 4.4 miles

Elevation Gain: 1,150 feet

Duration: 2-5 hours

Difficulty: Easy-Intermediate

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Franconia Ridge

Franconia Ridge is one of New Hampshire’s classic hikes. The views from the ridge into Franconia Notch and the Pemi Wilderness are some of the best in the country. This is a popular hike even though it is considered strenuous.

Franconia Ridge

Mileage: 8.5 miles (3,700 feet of elevation gain)

Difficulty: Strenuous

Duration: 4-6 hours

Views: Incredible

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Mount Moosilaukee

Moosilauke rises seemingly by itself on the West side of New Hampshire’s White Mountains. The views are incredible at the top, but the waterfalls on the way up are just as incredible.

Moosilauke Summit Views

Height: 4,802 Feet

Rating: Difficult

Distance: 7.6 miles

Duration: 4-7 hours

Elevation Gain: 2,506 feet

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Bondcliff takes a lot to get to (9 miles one way), but the views are arguable some of the best in all of the northeast. The large cliffs are a perfect spot to make you feel small above the vast Pemi Wilderness. This hike is a long day hike, but also wonderful to combine with overnight camping. Especially when combined with nearby peaks of Mount Bond and West Bond.

West Bond Views of Bondcliff

Height: 4,265 feet

Distance: 18.4 miles

Difficulty: Difficult

Elevation Gain: 3,100 feet

Duration: 6-10 hours (trail running: 3-6)

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