Where to Stay When Hiking in the White Mountains
The White Mountains of New Hampshire (and a bit of Maine) are the grandest range in New England, host to the highest peaks in the Northeast and some absolutely stunning scenery, ecology, and adventure. One of the very best ways to experience this magnificent highland—much of which falls within the White Mountain National Forest—is on foot, hiking the wide array of trails (or even adventuring cross-country, if you’re experienced and prepared).
With accommodations at The Mountain Club on Loon, you’re comfortably nestled right in the midst of the White Mountains, with ready access to world-class hiking essentially right outside your door. We’re right on the cusp on unbeatable spring and summer hiking in the Whites, so now’s the time to lock down your Mountain Club lodgings!
Hiking the White Mountains of New Hampshire
Sun-dappled hardwood forests and dark, fragrant conifer stands; whitewater rivers coursing along rocky sluices; bold ledges and cliffs affording far-reaching views over broad headwater basins, deep gorges, endless ranks of domes and knobs and ridges: These are some of the scenic pleasures of hiking in the Whites, and it’s right at your fingertips as a guest of ours here at The Mountain Club on Loon.
Hop on the famous Kancamagus Highway, which traverses the White Mountains between Lincoln and Conway, and take advantage of the numerous trailheads along its showstopping route. Outstanding hikes along the “Kanc” include the moderately challenging hike up to the top of 2,520-foot Mount Hedgehog via the UNH Trail; Hedgehog’s ample ledges deliver stunning views of the Swift River Valley, nearby Mount Passaconaway, the Tripyramids, and iconic Mount Washington and other high peaks of the Presidential Range, the loftiest portion of the Whites.
Or take the easy amble to the lovely cascades of Sabbaday Falls, loop around the Greeley Ponds, or hike to your heart’s content out of the Lincoln Woods Trailhead, which among other circuits offers routes into the superlative Pemigewasset Wilderness.
Then there’s nearby Franconia Notch State Park, anchored by the well-known pass between the Kinsman and Franconia ranges and encompassing classic hikes to the Basin and the Flume Gorge. Speaking of the Franconia Range, ambitious and fit hikers might consider summiting both Mount Flume and Mount Liberty, not far away from The Mountain Club.
Closer yet, of course, you’ve got the scenery-rich trails of Loon Mountain itself, including the Bear Claw Trail and the Sunset Loop.
We’re only scratching the surface here when it comes to first-rate hiking in the White Mountains—really. But the above should get you started, anyhow…
The Perfect Accommodations for a White Mountains Hiking Adventure
When you’re not out tromping the glorious trails of the White Mountains, gaze at their shapely peaks from slopeside accommodations at The Mountain Club on Loon. Our spacious rooms and suites are ideal for hikers of every description—from solo trekkers to couples and families—and we’ve got a rich assortment of onsite amenities you’re sure to enjoy after a happily footsore day, from soaks and massages at our spa and wellness center to well-earned meals and refreshments in the Black Diamond Pub.
Book an unforgettable hiking getaway in the White Mountains today!