Is your annual hike up Washington not enough? Are you an AMC 4000-footer finisher, but looking for the next list? Look no further, these eighteen hiking lists should keep you busy!
For beginners +
Belknap Range Hiker
This range is located near NH’s Lake Winnipesaukee. There are 12 peaks ranging from 1,664′ to 2,382′. There is a patch that you can apply for via the Belknap County Sportsmens Association
*The link to apply for a patch does not seem to currently be running*
NH Tower Quest
There are 16 fire towers in NH. Hike 5 and get a patch! Why not hike ’em all? This is a great list for kids.
Scoops and Loops
A great excuse to eat ice cream! Visit 11 shops in NH that make their own ice cream to get a sweet (see what I did there?) patch! The shops and suggested hikes are listed on their site.
Views and Brews (21+)
If ice cream isn’t your thing, a cold beer might be. Views and Brews combines hiking and local breweries. Visit 9 brewpubs within 48 hours of a local hike to get a patch. There are hikes for all levels listed and there’s a Views and Brews list for multiple states.
Another plus? Feel exclusive as only 38 people are listed as NH finishers on the site as of 11/19/14!
Views and Brews Site
The list that turned me into a peakbagger. There are 48 peaks in all. There are more advanced options such as doing them in winter (separate patch for that), but if you’re looking for a challenge, saddle up! This list is great for people who have experience hiking, but are looking into getting 4000 feet or higher! There are TONS of resources for hiking this list which, in my opinion, not as difficult as some of the lists you’ll see further down. There is no time limit to do them. Just check out the resources below and make sure to track your peaks to send in your application.
Resources (far too many for a complete list- these are the highlights):
AMC 4000-Footer page (rules, FAQ, etc.)
Trails NH trip and trail condition reports listing
Trail to Summit resource page
Facebook Groups: 4K Club and NEPB
52 With a View
For those who hike for the views- Each peak is located in NH, is under 4000 feet, and offers a fine view either on the summit or along the route.
For those closer to NY, the Adirondacks have 46 peaks, with Mount Marcy topping the list at 5,344′. There are loads of resources for hiking these peaks as well.
This unique list is the 50 most prominent New England peaks. It would be a fun one for someone who has hiked one of the above lists and wants to discover even more great hikes without starting a brand new list from scratch. You can, of course, do that as well!
New England 67
The NE67 list includes the 48 peaks in NH plus the 5 4000-footers in Vermont and 14 4000-footers in Maine.
The Northeast 111
The Northeast 111 list actually contains 115 peak in the Northeastern United States: The 67 New England 4,000 footers + the 46 Adirondack High Peaks + Slide and Hunter Mountain in New York.
P.O. Box 385
Littleton, NH 03561
This is a unique and challenging list. The list includes 20 mandatory hikes + 5 “choose your own adventure” type trails that are deemed terrifying by the creators, Trish, Alex, and Sage Herr. The trails are all in New Hampshire and include slides, rock scrambles, ladders, and boulder caves.
Catskills 3500 Club
Another NY area list. According to the Catskill Club site, “Anyone wanting to become a member has to climb all 35 Catskill High Peaks and, (in a departure from the requirements of most other hiking clubs), climb Slide, Blackhead, Balsam and Panther mountains again in winter, which is defined by the Club as the period from December 21 thru March 21, inclusive”
For the hiking obsessed
Reach the highest peak in every state!
There are 72 4000-foot peaks on this list. You must hike to and from the 72 peaks on the official list, and complete 72 hours of documented trail work. Oh, I almost forgot to mention- each peak must be climbed individually; therefore, only one peak counts per hike or backpack. See the resources for complete rules and information.
Redlining the White Mountains
Hike every trail in the most current edition of the White Mountain Guide. Need I say more?
So you hiked the 48 4000-footers in New Hampshire. Nice work! There are other who have done it as well, in every single month. Hike all 48 in each month of the calendar year and you’ve got 576 peaks under your belt. You can also proudly call yourself a “Gridiot” 🙂
Every Calendar Day
Have nothing better to do this year (and it happens to be a leap year)? Hike a 4000-footer everyday! In reality, you don’t need to hike it in a year. You must hike a New England 4k for each calendar day including February 29th. If you are lucky enough to live near a 4k, you could even hike the same peak everyday!
4K Everyday Site