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The Hike-NH.com Trip Finder Family Trips Results

Here are our Top 10 picks for Family Trips, sorted by region.

TitleLength(miles)RegionViewsReliable WaterLoopElevation ChangeDifficultyTrip ReportTrip Time (days)Notes:
Lost Pond 1.0 Carter - Evans Yes Yes No 100 Easy No Dayhike Map 5:F9-G9 A very short and moderately interesting jaunt from near the Pinkham Notch Visitors' Center. Good for when you have 30 minutes to kill.
Mountain Pond 2.7 Carter - Evans Yes Yes Yes 50 Easy No Dayhike Map 5:G11-12 A short but pretty hike with almost no elevation change, good for people who like fishing. Uses the Mountain Pond Loop Trail.
Welch & Dickey Mountains 4.0 Crawford - Sandwich Yes Yes Yes 1800 Easy No Dayhike According to the WMG, this hike has excellent southerly views and the southern-most stand of Jack Pine in NH. A worthy hike for little effort.
Hedgehog Mountain 4.8 Crawford - Sandwich Yes No Yes 1450 Easy No Dayhike Map 3 J:8 An easy hike with some great views towards Mt. Passaconaway. At 4.8 miles, this hike can be done in a half day, or a leisurely full day. Begins off the Kancamagus Hwy on the Downes Brook Trail and moves quickly to the UNH Trail.
Sawyer Pond 9.0 Crawford - Sandwich Yes Yes No 900 Easy No Dayhike Map 3: J8-I8 Although this hike requires a water croosing almost immediately (and a fairly deep one at that) this is a beautiful hike for energetic kids or anyone who doesn't really want to put too much elevation in. The trail is well used by mountain bikers and X-country skiers, so be aware. The pond is gorgeous and a great place for a summer swim. There are tent platforms and a shelter adjacent to the pond.
Arethusa Falls 2.6 Franconia - Pemigewasset Yes Yes No 1000 Easy Yes Dayhike Map 2:H8 A very nice hike for kids and folks who want an easy walk, this is an excellent hike with a great waterfall at the end. Arethusa falls is the highest in NH at a scant 200 feet, but hey, we'll take it. It's still a nice hike.
Mt. Williard 3.2 Franconia - Pemigewasset Yes No No 900 Easy No Dayhike Map 2:G8 Near Mts. Willy, Tom, and Field, this is a short but scenic dayhike in Crawford Notch. Much like the tougher hikes in this area, it's known for its views from the cliffs. This is a short hike with some great payoff.
North and Middle Sugarloaf 3.4 Franconia - Pemigewasset Yes No No 1000 Easy No Dayhike Map 2:F6 This is a great hike for kids and people who want great views with a modest effort. The sugarloaves have superb ledges from which excellent Northwesterly views can be had.
Mt. Cardigan (West Ridge Tr) 1.5 Monadnock - Cardigan Yes No No 1250 Easy No Dayhike A fantastic hike for kids or novices, Mt. Cardigan used to be the home of a manned fire tower. The trip is easy and fun with some good views at the summit. Blueberries can be found along the trail in season.
Mt Monadnock (White Dot Tr) 4.4 Monadnock - Cardigan Yes No No 1800 Easy No Dayhike Found in the AMC's Southern NH Trail Guide, Monadnock is one of the most climbed peaks in the world. It's pretty easy, with some views, and almost always crowded on the weekends. A great hike for the novice. Consider taking the White Cross Trail as well, it's more scenic.


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