Backpacker Magazine Appalachian Trail: US 302 to Pinkham Notch Visitor Center  

The lofty goal on this 23.5-miler--more than half of which runs above treeline--is Mount Washington, the most notorious and highest peak in New Hampshire. On bluebird days, views stretch for 100-plus miles. Tip: Check the forecast before you go; weather blows in fast.


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Author: Backpacker Magazine
Date: 24 Jan 2008 7:28:23 PM
Activity: Backpacking
State: New Hampshire (NH)
Distance: 23.55 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 10762 ft
Total Loss: 9996 ft
Net Change: 766 ft
Difficulty: 8 / 10
Tags: Appalachian Trail, AT hikes in New Hampshire, AT in White Mtn. NF, New Hampshire, North Woodstock, White Mountain National Forest
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

Madison Spring Hut; sleeps 30.

TO TRAILHEAD: Start: From Hart’s Location, NH, take US 302 northwest 3.2 miles to trailhead parking on highway.

End: From Jackson, NH, take NH 16 north 9 miles to Pinkham Notch Visitor Center.

Position Format: Datum:
Tracks

US 302 to Pinkham Notch Visitor Center

Distance: 23.55 mi Points: 2401
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
US 302 to Pinkham Notch Visitor Center

Points of Interest

WPT001

Location: 44.327801, -71.283432
Madison Hut

WPT001

Location: 44.170849, -71.387947
US 302; parking

WPT001

Location: 44.219437, -71.369728
Mitzpah Hut

WPT002

Location: 44.226715, -71.365837
Mt. Pierce

WPT002

Location: 44.171333, -71.385963
Saco river

WPT002

Location: 44.328018, -71.283203
Pine Link Trail

WPT003

Location: 44.171833, -71.385635
Blue-blazed Saco River Trail

WPT004

Location: 44.227783, -71.364899
ATcontinues on Crawford Path

WPT004

Location: 44.328800, -71.276718
Mt. Madison; Watson Path

WPT005

Location: 44.172100, -71.383469
Saco River Trail

WPT005

Location: 44.329567, -71.273567
Howker Ridge

WPT006

Location: 44.175900, -71.376137
Spring

WPT007

Location: 44.237335, -71.350868
AT skirts Eisenhower; Mt. Eisenhower Trail over Eisenhower summit ahead

WPT007

Location: 44.327850, -71.269386
Daniel Webster Trail; Parapet Trail

WPT008

Location: 44.179352, -71.383720
Webster Cliff, amazing views

WPT008

Location: 44.238632, -71.349434
Spring

WPT009

Location: 44.182133, -71.384148
View to the S

WPT010

Location: 44.242500, -71.344666
Mt. Eisenhower Trail loop

WPT010

Location: 44.308815, -71.254982
AT continues on Great Gulf Trail @ jct. with Osgood trail to Osgood Tentsite

WPT011

Location: 44.305267, -71.261368
Great Gulf Trail, AT turns east

WPT011

Location: 44.243435, -71.341698
Mt Eisenhower Trail

WPT011

Location: 44.184917, -71.385582
Cliff

WPT012

Location: 44.247662, -71.336830
Mt. Franklin

WPT013

Location: 44.253201, -71.326530
Mt. Monroe Loop over Mt. Monroe

WPT013

Location: 44.305134, -71.261665
Parapet Brook

WPT014

Location: 44.304783, -71.261917
Madison Gulf Trail

WPT014

Location: 44.257484, -71.318817
Mt. Monroe Loop over Mt. Monroe

WPT014

Location: 44.189919, -71.387032
View

WPT015

Location: 44.304649, -71.262520
Suspension Bridge over West Branch Peabody River

WPT015

Location: 44.258652, -71.319054
Lakes of the Clouds Hut; views

WPT015

Location: 44.191616, -71.387535
View to the SW

WPT016

Location: 44.259315, -71.316116
Camel Trail

WPT016

Location: 44.192337, -71.387566
Views

WPT016

Location: 44.304668, -71.263031
ATcontinues on Madison Gulf Trail

WPT017

Location: 44.298351, -71.259300
Stream

WPT017

Location: 44.194672, -71.388397
Mt Webster

WPT017

Location: 44.266102, -71.308182
Davis Path & Westide Path

WPT018

Location: 44.195816, -71.389351
Webster-Jackson Trail

WPT019

Location: 44.270901, -71.305618
AT continues on Gulfside Trail

WPT020

Location: 44.269985, -71.303581
Tower

WPT020

Location: 44.203018, -71.375648
Webster-Jackson Trail; Mt Jackson

WPT020

Location: 44.283016, -71.252083
Trail to Lowe's Bald Spot; sign says 5 min walk

WPT021

Location: 44.270367, -71.303413
Mt. Washington; Tip Top House, Cog Railway, Mt. Washington Observatory and Sherman Adams Summit Bldg

WPT021

Location: 44.219082, -71.370934
Mizpah cut-off Trail

WPT022

Location: 44.219463, -71.369751
Mizpah Hut

WPT022

Location: 44.281582, -71.253281
Auto Rd; parking

WPT022

Location: 44.274651, -71.304680
Great Gulf Tr

WPT023

Location: 44.276348, -71.310120
Steep downhill to the E into Great Gulf Wilderness

WPT023

Location: 44.279732, -71.253937
AT continues on Old Jackson Rd @ jct. with Nelson Crag Tr.

WPT024

Location: 44.277500, -71.312103
Westside Trail

WPT024

Location: 44.279049, -71.254349
Raymond Path

WPT025

Location: 44.269867, -71.253403
Great Gulf Trail

WPT025

Location: 44.278717, -71.313316
Mt. Clay loop over summit; AT skirts around

WPT026

Location: 44.263115, -71.254013
Crew Cut Trail

WPT026

Location: 44.282467, -71.316734
Jewell Trail

WPT027

Location: 44.262798, -71.253685
Link Ski Trail

WPT027

Location: 44.288734, -71.317619
Spring

WPT028

Location: 44.261616, -71.253235
Blanch Ski Trail

WPT029

Location: 44.291500, -71.316986
Mt. Clay Loop

WPT029

Location: 44.258133, -71.253250
Tuckerman's Ravine Trail

WPT030

Location: 44.293118, -71.317902
Sphinx Trail

WPT030

Location: 44.257267, -71.253136
Pinkham Notch Visitor Center; parking

WPT031

Location: 44.298965, -71.316048
Cornice

WPT032

Location: 44.300667, -71.314796
Jefferson Loop to head over summit

WPT033

Location: 44.305050, -71.311653
Six Husbands Trail

WPT034

Location: 44.308018, -71.313148
Mt. Jefferson Loop

WPT035

Location: 44.310417, -71.312485
Randolph Path; Edmonds Col; water source

WPT036

Location: 44.316868, -71.304817
Israel Ridge Path

WPT038

Location: 44.318249, -71.300819
Water

WPT039

Location: 44.320702, -71.296883
Israel Ridge Path to Mt. Adams, Thunderstorn Junction

WPT040

Location: 44.321667, -71.296303
Lowes Path to Adams & cabin

WPT041

Location: 44.321732, -71.296280
Great Gulf Trail

WPT043

Location: 44.325901, -71.288467
AMC Airline Trail to Mt. Adams

DSCF8426

Location: 44.322418, -71.295700

DSCF8509

Location: 44.328133, -71.282463

DSCF8553

Location: 44.328049, -71.278801

DSCF8572

Location: 44.328732, -71.276886

DSCF8618

Location: 44.304768, -71.262253

DSCF8648

Location: 44.287350, -71.255951

DSCF8655

Location: 44.259800, -71.252632

DSCF8335

Location: 44.250381, -71.330086

DSCF8354

Location: 44.258865, -71.318855

DSCF8357

Location: 44.258801, -71.318214

DSCF8279

Location: 44.170967, -71.387444

DSCF8288

Location: 44.191196, -71.387344

DSCF8301

Location: 44.193748, -71.388260

DSCF8390

Location: 44.314877, -71.306648

DSCF8567

Location: 44.328671, -71.277618

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