The mega-classic New Hampshire peak challenge. Includes all New Hampshire peaks over 4,000 ft high with at least 200 ft of prominence. All peaks lie in the White Mountains of northern New Hampshire, a 2-3 hour drive from Boston, MA and Portland, ME. Started in 1957 by the AMC based on the Adirondack 46er challenge. More on the history here:


Highest peak

Mount Washington

6,288 ft / 1,916 m

Most prominent peak

Mount Washington

6,148 ft / 1,873 m

Most summited peak

Mount Washington

1,059 summits

Most difficult peak

Mount Washington

Class 1

Difficulty breakdown

Class 1/2 5 peaks

Top climbing months

July   16%

August   14%

June   13%

  • One of the most popular Peak Challenges in the world. First created in 1957 and modeled after the Adirondack 46er Peak Challenge.
  • All peaks have official trails (except infamous Owls Head, often saved for last, which has an unofficial route to the summit).
  • Emerge from the forest to explore the incredible alpine environments of the White Mountains.
  • Traverse the dramatic alpine landscape of the Presidential Range and climb the highest and most famous mountain in the northeast, Mount Washington.
  • Hike deep into the heart of the Pemigewasset Wilderness and summit the remote, above-treeline Bonds.