Crowds can be intensely heavy on the trails of the White Mountains. Or not, depending on where you go. If you’re looking for solitude and tranquility on your next hike, here are some of my go-to locations, based on my experience researching AMC’s Best Backpacking Trips in New England.
First, though, here are the key areas where crowds are routinely found. Sure, the views and summits in these areas are some of the best in the region—that’s why everybody goes there!—but if your preferred scenery doesn’t include dozens to hundreds of people, give these spots a miss.
These are some of my top recommendations. There are plenty of others as well!
Enjoy your crowd-free summer!