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Best Appalachian Trail Hikes: Presidential Range, New Hampshire

I want to hike part of the Appalachian Trail with my 16-year-old son this summer. We plan to go for a week. What are the best stretches for a trip like this?

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Presidential Range, New Hampshire     Photo: Greg Melville

A:Topped by 6,288-foot Mount Washington, the towering Presidentials are among the highest mountains on the Appalachian Trail, making much of this 88-mile section through the White Mountain National Forest feel like a walk through the Arctic tundra.  You’ll find some of the toughest climbs on the AT here, as well as consistently dramatic vistas of lakes in the valleys below.

The section, all maintained by the Appalachian Mountain Club, begins in Kinsman Notch and ends north of the Presidentials in Gorham. Along the way, you’ll pass six huts run by the AMC.

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