New Hampshire 52 With A View


The New Hampshire 52 with a view hiking list includes fifty-two mountains under 4,000 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 group (unofficial group) after completing the 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. The below list focuses on random tidbits of history about each mountain on this hiking list.

 

New Hampshire 52 With A View

#MountainElevation (feet)RangeCountyHistory Note
1Sandwich Mountain3980Sandwich RangeGrafton CountyHighest point in the town of Sandwich.
2Mount Webster3910Presidential RangeCarroll CountyNamed after Daniel Webster (1782–1852), a New Hampshire lawyer, statesman and orator.
3Mount Starr King3907Pliny RangeCoos CountyNamed after Thomas Starr King (1824–1864).
4The Horn3905Pilot RangeCoos CountyGreat view of The Horn from Unknown Pond.
5Shelburne Moriah Mountain3735Carter-Moriah RangeCoos CountyGreat views. The northernmost peak in the Carter-Moriah Range.
6Sugarloaf3710Nash Stream ForestCoos 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 Baldface3610Baldface RangeCoos CountyPossibly named after the Baldface Ranges treeless ridge.
8Mt. Martha - Cherry Mountain 3572Cherry Mountain RangeCoos CountyCherry Mountain was once referred to as Pondicherry Mountain.
9South Baldface3570Baldface RangeCoos CountyPossibly named after the Baldface Ranges treeless ridge.
10Mount Success3565Mahoosuc RangeCoos CountySite of an airplane crash on November 1954.
11Mount Chocorua
3500Sandwich RangeCarroll CountyNamed after Chocorua, a 1700s Sokosis chief.
12Stairs Mountain3463Presidential RangeCoos CountyTwo ledges look like giant steps.
13Jennings Peak3460Sandwich RangeGrafton CountyNamed after “Captivity” Jennings, a baby girl who was kidnapped and taken to Canada by Indians.
14Mount Avalon3442Willey RangeGrafton CountySpur of Mount Field. Limited views.
15Percy Peaks - North Peak3430Nash Stream ForestCoos 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.
16Mount Resolution3415Presidential RangeCoos 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.
17Magalloway Mountain3383Boundary RangeCoos CountyGreat views from observation tower.
18Mount Tremont3371Moat - Bear Notch RangeCarroll CountyGreat view of Sawyer Pond and surrounding area.
19Kearsarge North3268Kearsarge RangeCarroll CountyCool fire tower on summit.
20Middle Sister

3340Sandwich RangeCarroll CountyGroundhouse (fire tower) on Middle Sister Mountain that operated from 1927-1948.
21Smarts Mountain3238Middle Connecticut River MountainsGrafton CountyA Learjet plane crash on the mountain in 1996.
22West Royce Mountain3210Baldface RangeCoos CountyThe Royce Mountains were named for Captain Vera Royce, a solider in the French and Indian War.
23Mount Paugus3198Sandwich RangeCarroll CountyNamed after Paugus, a 1700s Pequawket chief (Battle of Lovewell’s Pond).
24North Moat Mountain3196Moat RangeCarroll 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”.
25Imp Face3165Carter RangeCoos CountySuppose to resemble a distorted human profile.
26Mount Cardigan3155Cardigan RangeGrafton CountyFire burned over summit in 1855 and is reason for bald summit.
27Grand Monadnock3150Monadnock RangeCheshire CountyEarliest recorded ascent was by Captain Samuel Willard in 1725.
28Mount Crawford3119Presidential RangeCoos CountyNamed after Abel Crawford and his son Ethan Allen, early settlers.
29North Doublehead3053Carter RangeCarroll CountyCalled Doublehead because the mountain has two summits.
30Eagle Crag3030Baldface RangeCoos CountyGreat views.
31Mount Parker3004Presidential RangeCarroll CountyMount Parker may have be named for a family that lived in the area during the 1800s
32Mount Shaw2990Ossipee MountainsCarroll CountyHighest mountain in the Ossipee Range.
33Mount Hibbard2940Sandwich RangeGrafton CountyNamed after E.A. Hibbard, a Judge from Laconia.
34Eastman Mountain2939Baldface RangeCarroll CountyMay have been named for an early family in the area.
35Mount Kearsarge2930Merrimack CountyThe bare summit is the result of a 1796 fire.
36Mount Cube2909Middle Connecticut River MountainsGrafton 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.
37Stinson Mountain2900Stinson-Carr-Kineo RangeGrafton 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.
38Mount Willard2865Willey RangeCarroll CountyNamed for Joseph Willard. Mount Willard was originally named Mount Tom for Thomas J. Crawford (Notch House).
39Black Mountain2830Moosilauke RangeGrafton CountyBlack Mountain is a common name used for mountains that are dark in appearance.
40South Moat Mountain2760Moat RangeCarroll 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”.
41Black Mountain - Middle Peak2757Carter RangeCarroll CountyBlack Mountain is a common name used for mountains that are dark in appearance.
42Welch and Dickey Mountains2734Sandwich RangeGrafton 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.
43Iron Mountain2726Presidential RangeCarroll CountyIron mining took place on this mountain and there are old mine shafts.
44Potash Mountain2680Sandwich RangeGrafton 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.
45Blueberry Mountain2662Moosilauke RangeGrafton CountyBlueberry is another common name for mountains. And it usually relates to blueberries on the mountain.
46Mount Israel2620Sandwich RangeCarroll 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.
47Square Ledge2600Sandwich RangeCarroll CountyPeregrine falcons nest here
48Mount Roberts2582Ossipee MountainsCarroll CountyMount Roberts is named for the Isaac Roberts family; early (1800s) farmers of the area.
49Mount Pemigewasset2557Kinsman RangeGrafton CountyIndian head profile, best seen from the road.
50Mount Hayes2555Mahoosuc RangeCoos CountyNamed after Margaret Hayes. She ran the White Mountain Station House in the 1800s.
51Middle Sugarloaf2539Twin RangeGrafton 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.
52Hedgehog Mountain2532Sandwich RangeCarroll 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.

 

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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