Just like Vermont, New Hampshire is also an outdoor and winter sports lover’s heaven. While Vermont has the beautiful Green Mountains, neighboring New Hampshire is home to the majestic White Mountains, the highest mountain range in the American Northeast. It’s no surprise that winter sports opportunities are plenty, but I’ve already covered that. Now, I’m going to focus on some wonderful New Hampshire snowshoe trails.
New Hampshire Snowshoe Trails
Mount Willard Trail
This fantastic snowshoe trail in Crawford Notch in the heart of the White Mountains offers stellar winter views of the surrounding mountains. Often considered as the best short snowshoe in the White Mountains, the Mount Willard Trail features a gradual 1.6-mile one-way climb to the upper ledges of Mount Willard.
Bear Brook State Park Loop
Bear Brook State Park provides winter fun for everyone: it is a popular winter destination among hikers, snowmobilers, snowshoers, dogsledders and so on. Most networks are kept separate, offering peaceful experiences for all winter sports enthusiasts. This particular loop trail is five miles long and runs through mixed forest.
The Around-Lonesome-Lake Trail in Franconia Notch is often said to be one of the greatest snowshoe trails in New Hampshire. This 3.2-mile loop leads around (or across if cold enough) Lonesome Lake, which is nestled between the towering peaks of North and South Kinsman. It’s the combination of the frozen lake, the two Kinsmans and nearby Franconia Ridge that makes this such a stunning trail.
Boulder Loop Trail
A relatively easy trail with superb vistas, the Boulder Loop Trail in Albany is three miles long and takes snowshoers past and even underneath huge glacial boulders. This is a rather hilly loop with has plenty of options to explore the area.
Great Angel Loop/Great Glen Trails
Both cross-country ski and snowshoe trails, the Great Glen trails are situated near Bretton Woods at the base of Mount Washington, the highest mountain in the American northeast. This 4.2-mile circuit consists of a mixture of climbs and descents and runs through woods and across open meadows. Its Presidential Range backdrop makes this one of the most scenic New Hampshire snowshoe trails.
Nineteen-Mile Brook Trail
Running for 3.8 miles between the trailhead in Pinkham Notch and the Appalachian Mountain Club-operated Carter Notch Hut, this wilderness trail is a great option for an overnight snowshoe. The trail features two frozen ponds and crosses a stunning mountain pass between Wildcat Mountain and Carter Dome.
Mount Monadnock Loop
Probably one of the more challenging New Hampshire snowshoe trails, the Mount Monadnock Loop is ‘only’ 4.6 miles long, but steep. This trail will require crampons in addition to snowshoes. The Mount Monadnock Loop doesn’t include the mountain’s summit, but loops around the southern flank. The views are phenomenal and, if that’s not enough, these are the very trails that people such as Emerson and Thoreau have walked as well.
Lincoln Woods/Pemi East Side Road Trails
This is one of the most popular winter trails in the White Mountains. Fairly easy, yet offering an excellent winter wilderness experience, this 11-mile loop takes in both banks of the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River.
Holts Ledge can be reached on a 1.1-mile trail that starts across the road from the Dartmouth Skyway in Lyme. This short trail runs along the Appalachian Trail and offers great views of, for instance, Smarts Mountain, Mount Ascutney and Kearsage.