The White Mountains offer a wide variety of hiking opportunities. There are short hikes that, requiring minimal effort, can take you to a waterfall or a spectacular view, as well as longer hikes to scenic outlooks, lakes and ponds, and mountain summits.
Now that summer hiking season in the White Mountains is underway, there are a few things that hikers need to know for their own safety and enjoyment.
Please remember when setting out on even the shortest hike, this is a mountain region, subject to rapid weather changes. In fact, yesterday, June 3rd, fresh snow fell on top of Mt. Washington! Wear sensible shoes (rubber, not leather-soled which tend to be slippery), and bring an extra sweater or jacket. A head lamp or flashlight is also a good idea in the event you get caught on the trail at night. You also may want to bring food and a beverage (remember to carry out what you carry in). Please remember to follow the Hiker’s Responsibility Code. Click here to read the Hiker Responsibility Code.
A new law passed in 2014 authorizes the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department to sell a voluntary hike safe card for $25 per person and $35 per family. People who obtain the cards will not be liable to repay rescue costs if they need to be rescued due to negligence on their part, regardless of whether they are hiking, boating, cross country skiing, hunting, or engaging in any other outdoor activity. An individual may still be liable for response expenses, however, if such person is deemed to have recklessly or intentionally created a situation requiring an emergency response.
People who possess a current New Hampshire Fish and Game hunting or fishing license, or a current registration for an off-highway recreational vehicle, snowmobile, or boat, will also be exempt from repaying rescue costs. For more information regarding this card and to purchase on line, click here.
The Royalty Inn is the perfect home base for your White Mountain hiking adventures. We are located just 10 miles from Pinkham Notch and even closer to other popular hikes. We offer special thru-hiker rates and have both an indoor and outdoor pool awaiting to sooth you after a long day on the trail. Welcome to the Royalty Inn!