New Hampshire 52 With A View


The New Hampshire 52 with a view hiking list includes fifty-two mountains under 4,000 feet, but over 2,500 feet that have awesome views. A few mountains on this list have better views than some 4,000 footers. A hiker can apply for a patch through the Over the Hill Hikers (unofficial group) after completing the list. In 1990, members of this hiking group got tired of hiking the 4,000 footers, so a member created the 52 with a view list. Below are the 52 mountains listed on the New Hampshire 52 with a View list that a hiker must hike in order to receive a patch. We have included random tidbits of history about each mountain on this hiking list.

 

In May 2020, five mountains (Black Mountain in Jackson, Iron Mountain, Square Ledge, Hibbard, and West Royce) were removed from this hiking list, and five mountains (Morgan, Percival, Pine Mountain, Roger's Ledge, and Table Mountain) were added to this hiking list. Below is the most up to date list.

 

New Hampshire 52 With A View
(also called the 52WAV) 

#MountainElevation (feet)RangeCountyHistory Note
1Sandwich Dome3992Grafton CountyHighest point in the town of Sandwich.
2Mount Starr King3915Coos CountyNamed after Thomas Starr King (1824–1864).
3Mount Webster3910Carroll CountyNamed after Daniel Webster (1782–1852), a New Hampshire lawyer, statesman and orator.
4The Horn3900Coos CountyGreat view of The Horn from Unknown Pond.
5Shelburne Moriah Mountain3743Coos CountyGreat views. The northernmost peak in the Carter-Moriah Range.
6Sugarloaf (Stratford)3703Coos CountySugarloaf is a common name used for mountains dating backing many years. The term sugarloaf comes from the early sugar making industry. Mountains given this name are said to have a shape similar to the cone-shaped “loaves” (sugarloaves) in which sugar was sold during the early years.
7North Baldface3597Coos CountyPossibly named after the Baldface Ranges treeless ridge.
8Mount Success3592Coos CountySite of an airplane crash on November 1954.
9South Baldface3576Coos CountyPossibly named after the Baldface Ranges treeless ridge.
10Mt. Martha - Cherry Mountain3557Coos CountyCherry Mountain was once referred to as Pondicherry Mountain.
11Jennings Peak3493Grafton CountyNamed after “Captivity” Jennings, a baby girl who was kidnapped and taken to Canada by Indians.
12Mount Chocorua
3490Carroll CountyNamed after Chocorua, a 1700s Sokosis chief.
13Stairs Mountain3469Coos CountyTwo ledges look like giant steps.
14Mount Avalon3461Grafton CountySpur of Mount Field. Limited views.
15Mount Resolution3426Coos CountyIt took Nathaniel Davis two tries to complete the third and longest bridle path built to the summit of Mount Washington. Mt Resolution is where he started the second time.
16Percy Peaks - North Peak3415Coos CountyWhen Stark was granted in 1774 it was named Percy. But 1832 the town was renamed Stark for General John Stark (Bunker Hill and Battle of Bennington) . Percy Peaks retained the name of the original town name.
17Magalloway Mountain3385Coos CountyGreat views from observation tower.
18Mount Tremont3384Carroll CountyGreat view of Sawyer Pond and surrounding area.
19Middle Sister

3340Carroll CountyGroundhouse (fire tower) on Middle Sister Mountain that operated from 1927-1948.
20Kearsarge North3269Carroll CountyCool fire tower on summit.
21Smarts Mountain3238Grafton CountyA Learjet plane crash on the mountain in 1996.
22North Moat Mountain3203Carroll CountyThe name dates to the 1700s. And its believed the name has to do with the beaver ponds (called moats) that form around beaver lodges when beavers build dams along brooks, rivers, etc. Moat Mountains burned in 1854. During the early years, misspelled as “Mote”.
23Mount Monadnock3170Cheshire CountyEarliest recorded ascent was by Captain Samuel Willard in 1725.
24Imp Face3165Coos CountySuppose to resemble a distorted human profile.
25Mount Cardigan3149Grafton CountyFire burned over summit in 1855 and is reason for bald summit.
26Mount Crawford3128Coos CountyNamed after Abel Crawford and his son Ethan Allen, early settlers.
27Mount Paugus3100Carroll CountyNamed after Paugus, a 1700s Pequawket chief (Battle of Lovewell’s Pond).
28North Doublehead3051Carroll CountyCalled Doublehead because the mountain has two summits.
29Eagle Crag3020Coos CountyGreat views.
30Mount Parker3013Carroll CountyMount Parker may have be named for a family that lived in the area during the 1800s
31Mount Shaw2990Carroll CountyHighest mountain in the Ossipee Range.
32Rogers Ledge2965Coos CountyRoger’s Ledge is named in honor of Major Robert Rogers; Rogers was the leader of Rogers’ Rangers during the French and Indian War. In May 2020, five mountains (Black Mountain in Jackson, Iron Mountain, Square Ledge, Hibbard, and West Royce) were removed from this hiking list, and five mountains (Morgan, Percival, Pine Mountain, Roger's Ledge, and Table Mountain) were added to this hiking list. This is one of the mountains added to the list in 2020.
33Eastman Mountain2938Carroll CountyMay have been named for an early family in the area.
34Mount Kearsarge2935Merrimack CountyThe bare summit is the result of a 1796 fire.
35Mount Cube2916Grafton CountyOriginally named Mt. Cuba. Mount Cube is the corruption of this name. The name Cuba comes from a hunting dog that was killed while fighting a bear near the summit (Moses Sweetser’s 1876 guidebook). The scenic Appalachian Trail travels over this mountain.
36Stinson Mountain2890Grafton CountyStinson Mountain is named for David Stinson of Londonderry. In April 1752, he was part of a hunting party that was attacked by Indians in the area of Stinson Lake. David Stinson was killed, and John Stark was captured and taken to Canada.
37Mount Willard2850Carroll CountyNamed for Joseph Willard. Mount Willard was originally named Mount Tom for Thomas J. Crawford (Notch House).
38Black Mountain2829Grafton CountyBlack Mountain is a common name used for mountains that are dark in appearance.
39South Moat Mountain2772Carroll CountyThe name dates to the 1700s. And its believed the name has to do with the beaver ponds (called moats) that form around beaver lodges when beavers build dams along brooks, rivers, etc. Moat Mountains burned in 1854. During the early years, misspelled as “Mote”.
40Potash Mountain2691Grafton CountyThe name “Potash” comes from this mountain’s resemblance to an inverted potash kettle (Passaconaway in the White Mountains, Beals). Early settlers used kettles when making potash; potash comes from wood ashes.
41Table Mountain2669Carroll CountyTable Mountain is a common name for mountains that have a near flat top. In May 2020, five mountains (Black Mountain in Jackson, Iron Mountain, Square Ledge, Hibbard, and West Royce) were removed from this hiking list, and five mountains (Morgan, Percival, Pine Mountain, Roger's Ledge, and Table Mountain) were added to this hiking list. This is one of the mountains added to the list in 2020.
42Blueberry Mountain2663Grafton CountyBlueberry is another common name for mountains. And it usually relates to blueberries on the mountain.
43Mount Israel2636Carroll CountyFrom 1912 - 1926 there was a fire tower (Mount Israel Tower) on the summit. Mount Israel was named for Israel Gilman, who settled in the area in 1768.
44Welch and Dickey Mountains2598Grafton County“Welch and Dickey” may have been named for early settlers of the area, but the origin of this name is not fully known. Great hike for small mountains.
45Mount Roberts2584Carroll CountyMount Roberts is named for the Isaac Roberts family; early (1800s) farmers of the area.
46Mount Hayes2573Coos CountyNamed after Margaret Hayes. She ran the White Mountain Station House in the 1800s.
47Mount Pemigewasset2552Grafton CountyIndian head profile, best seen from the road.
48Hedgehog Mountain2543Carroll CountyName has a connection to the animal - hedgehog (Passaconaway in the White Mountains, Beals). The hedgehog profile can only be seen from certain areas in the Albany Intervale.
49Middle Sugarloaf2538Grafton CountySugarloaf is a common name used for mountains dating backing many years. The term sugarloaf comes from the early sugar making industry. Mountains given this name are said to have a shape similar to the cone-shaped “loaves” (sugarloaves) in which sugar was sold during the early years.
50Pine Mountain2404Coos CountyIn May 2020, five mountains (Black Mountain in Jackson, Iron Mountain, Square Ledge, Hibbard, and West Royce) were removed from this hiking list, and five mountains (Morgan, Percival, Pine Mountain, Roger's Ledge, and Table Mountain) were added to this hiking list. This is one of the mountains added to the list in 2020.
51Mount Morgan2213Grafton CountyMount Morgan and Mount Percival can be done in a loop hike. In May 2020, five mountains (Black Mountain in Jackson, Iron Mountain, Square Ledge, Hibbard, and West Royce) were removed from this hiking list, and five mountains (Morgan, Percival, Pine Mountain, Roger's Ledge, and Table Mountain) were added to this hiking list. This is one of the mountains added to the list in 2020.
52Mount Percival2200Grafton CountyMount Percival and Mount Morgan can be done in a loop hike. In May 2020, five mountains (Black Mountain in Jackson, Iron Mountain, Square Ledge, Hibbard, and West Royce) were removed from this hiking list, and five mountains (Morgan, Percival, Pine Mountain, Roger's Ledge, and Table Mountain) were added to this hiking list. This is one of the mountains added to the list in 2020.

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The landscape of New Hampshire is incredible, and hiking lists only scratch the surface. So after finishing the New Hampshire 52 With A View, continue to explore the White Mountains. But instead of attempting another list open up a map and pick random locations to visit. This approach will help disperse hikers across the White Mountains, and in the long run, it will lessen the impact that is being done to some areas of the White Mountains.

 

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