Explore the First Network of Hiking Trails in America!
The trail system began in the 1850s, when innkeeper Nathaniel Greeley opened routes to several Valley peaks and natural features for the pleasure of his guests.
Discover 19 peaks, 57 natural features, and 48 trails covering 125 miles of awe-inspiring White Mountains terrain.
Explore 45 family-friendly trails, spanning 70 miles, accessible from historic Waterville Valley via Town Square.
hikeSafe HIKER RESPONSIBILTY CODE
You are responsible for yourself, so be prepared:
With knowledge and gear.
Become self-reliant by learning about the terrain, conditions, local weather, and your equipment before you start.
To leave your plans.
Tell someone where you are going, the trails you are hiking, when you will return, and your emergency plans.
To stay together.
When you start as a group, hike as a group, end as a group. Pace your hike to the slowest person.
To turn back.
Weather changes quickly in the mountains. Fatigue and unexpected conditions can also affect your hike. Know your limitations and when to postpone your hike. The mountains will be there another day.
Even if you are headed out for only an hour, an injury, severe weather, or a wrong turn could become life threatening. Don’t assume you will be rescued; know how to rescue yourself.
To share the hiker code with others.
The Classic List
3. Warm Clothes
4. Extra Food/Water
7. First Aid Kit
9. Rain Gear
10. Pocket Knife
The Ten Essentials list was developed by The Mountaineers and appeared in the in 1974, in the third edition of “Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills.”
For more information and to view the updated Systems list, visit