White Mountains, NH
Climbing to the top of Mt. Washington is by no means the only hiking adventure in town.The White Mountains National Forest has more than 1,200 miles of trails, 350 of which are maintained by the AMC. Several family-friendly routes start at Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, where the AMC offers nature talks, adventure programs, and workshops on family hiking, backpacking, and camping basics. Here are a few of the easiest trails:
- Lost Pond Trail. The goal is reaching lovely Lost Pond. Along the way, you'll see beaver dams, beaver homes, and even some moose wading in the swamp. The half-mile hike takes 20-30 minutes (one-way).
- Square Ledge Trail. The prize at the end of this hike (also 20-30 minutes one-way) is the incredible view from a rock outcropping that's 500 feet above Pinkham Notch, with Mt. Washington looming above.
- Crystal Cascade. For a quick thrill, take a 15-minute walk (round trip is less than a mile) on the Tuckerman Ravine Trail to Crystal Cascade, a take-your-breath-away waterfall.