Trailwrights 72 Summits


The Trailwrights 72 summits hiking list consists of 72 mountains in New Hampshire. With this list, a hiker can only count one peak per hike (no matter how many summits on the list they complete during one hike). On top of the hiking the 72 peaks, hikers have to put in 72 hours of trail work. A hiker can apply for a patch and certificate through the Trailwrights organization after completing the list. Below are the 72 mountains listed on the Trailwrights list. For more information, application, and a copy of the peaks, see the Trailwrights website. The below list focuses on random tidbits of history about each mountain on this hiking list.

 

Trailwrights 72 Summits Peak List

#MountainElevation (feet)RangeCountyHistory Note
1Washington6288Presidential RangeCoos CountyHighest mountain in New England
2Adams5774Presidential RangeCoos CountyNamed after John Adams, 2nd president of the United States
3Jefferson5712Presidential RangeCoos CountyNamed after Thomas Jefferson, 3rd president of the United States
4Sam Adams5584Presidential RangeCoos CountyNamed after Samuel Adams, one of the Founding Fathers of
the United States
5Clay5531Presidential RangeCoos CountyNamed after Henry Clay, a 19th-century senator
6John Quincy Adams5394Presidential RangeCoos CountyNamed after John Quincy Adams, 6th President of the United States
7Boott Spur5492Presidential RangeCoos CountyNamed after Dr. Francis Boott, an american physician
and botanist
8Monroe5384Presidential RangeCoos CountyNamed after James Monroe, 5th President of the United States
9Madison5367Presidential RangeCoos CountyNamed after James Madison, 4th President of the United States
10Adams 45348Presidential RangeCoos CountyAdams 4 renamed in 2010 to Abigail Adams (1744-1818), wife
of the second president of the United States
11Adams 55266Presidential RangeCoos CountySubpeak of Mount Adams
12Lafayette5260Franconia RangeGrafton CountyHighest summit on Franconia Range and was referred to as
the Great Haystack by earlier settlers
13Lincoln5089Franconia RangeGrafton CountyNamed after Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States
14North Lincoln5000Franconia RangeGrafton CountyNamed after Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States
15Franklin4904Presidential RangeCoos CountyNamed after Benjamin Franklin
16South Twin4902Twin RangeGrafton CountySome say the Twins are named after the town, but there is
no verification of this information
17Carter Dome4832Carter-Moriah RangeCoos CountyFire Tower on summit from 1907-1947
18Moosilauke4802Moosilauke RangeGrafton CountyTip Top house on the summit burned in 1942
19Eisenhower4780Presidential RangeCoos CountyNamed after President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President
of the United States
20North Twin4761Twin RangeGrafton CountySome say the Twins are named after the town, but there is
no verification of this information
21Gulf (Slide) Peak4760Presidential RangeCoos CountyAlso known as Gulf Peak
22Little Haystack4760Franconia RangeGrafton CountyFlume, Lafayette, Liberty and Little Haystack Mountain were referred to as the Haystacks by earlier settlers
23Carrigain4700Carrigain RangeGrafton CountyNamed after Phillip Carrigain, New Hampshire Secretary
of State from 1805–1810
24Bond4698Twin RangeGrafton CountyNamed after Professor George P. Bond
25Hight4675Carter-Moriah RangeCoos CountyBest summit views on the Carter-Moriah Range
26 Middle Carter4610Carter-Moriah RangeCoos CountyNamed after Dr. Ezra Carter, a Concord physician OR named after a hunter named “Carter”. We may never find the answer
27Lethe4584Carter-Moriah RangeCoos CountyLocated between Middle Carter and North Carter. How the name came to be is unknown
28Guyot4580Twin RangeGrafton CountyNamed after Professor Arnold H. Guyot
29Blue4529Moosilauke RangeGrafton CountySubpeak of Mount Moosilauke
30Moosilauke S Peak4523Moosilauke RangeGrafton CountySubpeak of Mount Moosilauke
31 West Bond4540Twin RangeGrafton CountyNamed after Professor George P. Bond
32North Carter4520Carter-Moriah RangeCoos CountyNamed after Dr. Ezra Carter, a Concord physician OR named after a hunter named “Carter”. We may never find the answer
33Garfield4500Franconia RangeGrafton CountyNamed after President James Garfield, 20th President
of the United States
34Liberty4459Franconia RangeGrafton CountyFlume, Lafayette, Liberty and Little Haystack Mountain were referred to as the Haystacks by earlier settlers
35South Carter4430Carter-Moriah RangeCoos CountyNamed after Dr. Ezra Carter, a Concord physician OR named after a hunter named “Carter”. We may never find the answer
36Wildcat4422Carter-Moriah RangeCoos CountyWildcat Mountain consists of five sub-peaks - A, B, C, D,
and E.
37North Hancock4420Hancock RangeGrafton CountyNamed after John Hancock, one of the Founding Fathers of
38South Kinsman4358Kinsman RangeGrafton CountyNamed after Nathan Kinsman, an early resident
of Easton, New Hampshire
39SW Twin4357Twin RangeGrafton CountyConsidered the toughest bushwhack on the 72 list
40Field4340Willey RangeGrafton CountyHighest peak of the Willey Range
41Osceola4340Sandwich RangeGrafton CountyOsceola named for the early-19th century Seminole leader
42Flume4328Franconia RangeGrafton CountyFlume, Lafayette, Liberty and Little Haystack Mountain were referred to as the Haystacks by earlier settlers
43South Hancock 4319Hancock RangeGrafton CountyNamed after John Hancock, one of the Founding Fathers of
the United States
44Pierce4310Presidential RangeCoos CountyNamed after President Franklin Pierce, 14th President
of the United States
45Wildcat C4298Carter-Moriah RangeCoos CountyWildcat Mountain consists of five sub-peaks - A, B, C, D,
and E.
46North Kinsman4293Kinsman RangeGrafton CountyNamed after Nathan Kinsman, an early resident
of Easton, New Hampshire
47North Isolation4293Presidential RangeCoos County
48Willey4285Willey RangeGrafton CountyNamed after the Willey family, who were all killed in a
landslide in 1826
49Bondcliff4265Twin RangeGrafton CountyNamed after Professor George P. Bond
50

Zealand4260Twin RangeGrafton CountyWooded summit
51
Middle Osceola4200Sandwich RangeGrafton CountyOsceola named for the early-19th century Seminole leader
52North Tripyramid 4180Sandwich RangeGrafton CountyNamed by the cartographer Arnold Guyot
53Jim4172Moosilauke RangeGrafton CountySubpeak of Mount Moosilauke
54Cabot4170Pilot RangeCoos CountyNamed after Sebastian Cabot, the famous pilot
54 East Osceola4156Sandwich RangeGrafton CountyVery steep trail from Greely Ponds
56 Middle Tripyramid4140Sandwich RangeGrafton CountyNamed by the cartographer Arnold Guyot
57West Osceola4114Sandwich RangeGrafton CountyOsceola named for the early-19th century Seminole leader
58 Cannon4100Kinsman RangeGrafton CountyAlso known as Profile Mountain. Location of the Old Man of the Mountain profile (Collapsed May 3, 2003)
59South Tripyramid4080Sandwich RangeGrafton CountyNamed by the cartographer Arnold Guyot
60Wildcat, D Peak4070Carter-Moriah RangeCoos CountyWildcat Mountain consists of five sub-peaks - A, B, C, D,
and E.
61 Jackson4052Presidential RangeCoos CountyNamed after Charles Thomas Jackson,
a 19th century New Hampshire state geologist
62 Hale4054Twin RangeGrafton CountyNamed after Rev. Edward Everett Hale (1802-1909)
63Tom4051Willey RangeGrafton CountyNamed after Thomas Crawford, son of Abel Crawford
64Moriah4049Carter-Moriah RangeCoos CountyIn the Bible, Moriah is where Abraham prepared to sacrifice Isaac. Not sure if there is a connection
65Passaconaway4043Sandwich RangeGrafton CountyNamed after Passaconaway, a 16th-century sachem of
the Pennacook tribe,
66Owl's Head4025Pemi WildernessGrafton CountyNamed after a rock formation on its southern end.

The infamous August 1907 Owl’s Head Mountain fire in the Pemigewasset Wilderness was started by a lightning strike on the eastern side of Owl’s Head Mountain in an area that had been previously logged by J.E. Henry and Sons.
67Galehead4024Twin RangeGrafton CountyWooded summit
68NW Hancock4020Hancock RangeGrafton CountyNamed after John Hancock, one of the Founding Fathers of
the United States
69Whiteface4020Sandwich RangeGrafton CountyWooded Summit
70Waumbek4006Pliny RangeCoos CountyHighest peak in the Pliny Range
71Isolation4004Presidential RangeCoos CountyHighest peak in the Montalban Ridge
72Tecumseh4003Sandwich RangeGrafton CountyNamed after the Shawnee leader Tecumseh (1768–1813). Interestingly, Chief Tecumseh spent most his life around the Ohio Territory, and likely never visited New Hampshire.

August 2019, actual new height of Mount Tecumseh is 3,997 feet.

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