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

895 summits

Most difficult peak

Mount Washington

Class 1

Difficulty breakdown

Class 1/2 5 peaks

Top climbing months

July   16%

August   14%

June   12%

  • 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.
"Very good day for a winter hike in the No Presis. Low to no wind and actually warm. Recorded 34 deg as we were descending Jewell at 4:00 PM. Good deal of ice on the top of Jewell and along Gulfside, but spikes handled it. Some sun, mostly later in the day. Fantastic sunset across the Presidential and Willey ranges." - Mount Jefferson, Alohabuffy, Jan 5, 2019
"Busy day on Cabot. Around 20 degs. A little breeze at the top. Some sun but a lot of clouds. Was spitting snow half the way up. Lunch in the cabin. Felt like a refridgerator. But very good trail conditions, no ice, easy walk with spikes. Thought about looping over to Unknown Pond but that trail looked a little rough at the summit." - Mount Cabot, Alohabuffy, Dec 30, 2018
"Nice short hike up Hale Brook trail. Trail was muddy and leave cover down low. Icy spots and frozen mud near summit. Frost covered trees nest top and snow falling most of way." - Mount Hale, blackwolf_03278, Oct 21, 2018
"My 30th NH 4,000-footer the week of my 30th birthday! I had performed in a chamber music concert in CT Friday night, and was running on a maximum of 4 hours of sleep when I met Jessica at 4:40am Saturday. We took our standard 3+ hour drive to our mountain of choice, all the while bemoaning our mutual exhaustion and agreeing we had probably made a terrible decision, but were doing it anyway. The clouds rested below the mountains that morning, and the vibrant autumn colors assured us the trip ahead would be worth it. It was! 39 degrees to start. Varied and pleasant terrain. Two new trail friends" - Owl's Head Mountain, gooner, Oct 6, 2018
"It has been awhile since I combined both of these hikes into a day. But I needed them for my Grid and didn't have much time. This was my last hike in October in NH. Tecumseh was quick. Same with the Osceola's. Didn't feel to bad after hiking the Osceola's. Picked up 3 peaks today. " - East Osceola, newenglandwarrior, Oct 5, 2018