The Top 5 Hikes Near the Sugar Hill Inn

Epic photo of a woman hiking to the top of Mount Washington - one of the hardest hikes in the White Mountains

Summer, a season when the allure of the White Mountains beckons avid outdoor enthusiasts to get out for hiking, biking, rafting, and more, isn’t that far away. As the calendar fills up, it’s a reminder that there’s still ample opportunity to enjoy the best hikes in the White Mountains and to craft a memorable summer adventure. Consider immersing yourself in the tranquility and breathtaking landscapes of the White Mountains by staying at the enchanting Sugar Hill Inn Bed and Breakfast. This idyllic retreat, nestled amidst the majestic White Mountains, offers a serene haven from the hustle and bustle of daily life, making it the quintessential summer getaway.

Renowned for its stunning vistas and pristine natural beauty, the White Mountains of New Hampshire are an epic destination for hiking and biking. Whether you’re drawn to the challenge of scaling rugged peaks or seeking balance while meandering through verdant forests, there are a plethora of great hikes in the White Mountains catering to all levels of expertise. Beyond the allure of hiking, the region is rich in attractions, from the mesmerizing beauty of local waterfalls and historic covered bridges to the awe-inspiring Mount Washington. Scenic drives unfold breathtaking landscapes at every turn, with getaways here promising an invigorating experience that rejuvenates your spirit.

To fully embrace the vast array of things to do in the White Mountains, consider extending your stay at our Bed and Breakfast in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. We’re conveniently located near Franconia Notch State Park and some of the best hikes in the White Mountains. Delve deeper into the wilderness with extended hikes, discover hidden gems off the beaten path, or simply savor the tranquility of your surroundings from the comfort of our cozy retreat. This summer, give yourself time to unwind, explore, and create lasting memories. Book your stay today! 

The Artists Bluff Trail in Franconia Notch State Park - one of the best hikes in the White Mountains

5 Great Hikes in the White Mountains

The White Mountains are the perfect destination for adventurous couples and outdoor enthusiasts. There are a variety of hikes in the White Mountains, accessible to hikers of all levels. You can find short trails and loops that lead to pretty waterfalls and scenic overlooks, as well as longer and more grueling hikes to panoramic vistas and mountain summits.  

To help make your planning easier, we’ve compiled a short guide to what we consider 5 of the best hikes in our area. You can’t go wrong with any of them (or really, any others you may find as well). Each of them offers incredible scenery.

Franconia Ridge Loop Trail

We’ll start off with one of the best. Simply put, the Franconia Ridge Loop Trail is the best hike in the White Mountains, if not the world. National Geographic agrees, as they just named it one of the world’s top 10 best hiking trails. The trail extends for eight glorious miles across three different mountain ranges. All in all, it’s a grueling effort but one that pays off in ways unimaginable.

Artists Bluff Trail

The Artists Bluff Trail on Bald Mountain is a relatively easy 1.5-mile hike accessible to most hikers. From here, you’ll enjoy colorful wildflowers and an unbelievable view of Franconia Notch and Echo Lake without all of the work required of a more grueling hike.

Arethusa Falls

Waterfalls are big here, and there are a lot of them. Therefore, we had to include at least one hike to a waterfall, and Arethusa Falls is a good one. These gorgeous horsetail-style falls drop a stunning 160 feet. To add to your adventure, extend the hike to nearby Ripley Falls and maybe even up Frankenstein Cliffs. The cliffs are even popular in winter when ice climbers head out for their adventure. These trails are also suitable for snowshoers during the winter months.

Middle & North Sugarloaf

If you’re looking to maximize your views for your time, Sugarloaf is the hike for you. A quick 2.6-mile hike will lead you to Middle Sugarloaf. You’ll enjoy some of the finest views in the White Mountains from here. Add on a little less than a mile, and you’ll find yourself at North Sugarloaf, which also offers excellent viewpoints of the region.

Tuckerman Ravine to Mount Washington

We’d be remiss to talk about hiking in the White Mountains without including its highest peak, Mount Washington. The rugged hike up Tuckerman Ravine is exceptionally beautiful, and this is one of the most popular routes to reach the summit of Mount Washington. You won’t be alone on the trails during the summer months, but the payoff views are worth it. The total trip is a tiring 8.4 miles and is definitely for those more experienced hikers.

After enjoying the best hikes in the White Mountains, sit back, relax, and enjoy the view at our top-rated Bed and Breakfast in New Hampshire. Chairs on our scenic porch

Rest at our Bed and Breakfast in New Hampshire

Whether you’re here to enjoy these fabulous hikes in the White Mountains or would prefer to drive to the top of Mount Washington or maybe even ride the famed Cog Railway, we know you’ll immediately fall in love with this magnificent place, just as others who’ve come before you have. There are so many incredible things to do here – and we’d love to share our little corner of paradise with you. 

Sugar Hill Inn is the leading Bed and Breakfast in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. We offer a range of comfortable and elevated accommodations, including traditional guest rooms and private vacation cottages. Just when you think your muscles can’t handle one more hike, treat yourself to the soothing comfort of a massage in the comfort of our Inn. 

Onsite, we also operate one of the finest restaurants in the area. We offer a fantastic breakfast each morning, complimentary with your stay. In the evening, join us for a well-crafted cocktail or glass of wine in the tavern, followed by an excellent dinner as your muscles relax and recover for another day of adventure. Our Inn is here to serve as your home away from home, and we’re here to help you make the most of your stay. To get started on your next summer adventure, book a room at our New Hampshire Bed and Breakfast today.

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