Best Hiking Views in the Northeast

As the days grow longer and rainy days subside, summer is a great time for a hike. New England hiking is for everyone because of the variety of mountains with amazing views and difficulties ranging from beginner to expert. Although the heat may offer a challenge, a postcard-worthy view at the top definitely makes these hikes worthwhile. 

With the help of Sven Can See, we can ensure that you don’t miss out on these beautiful mountain views. Our biodegradable, non-toxic, odor free products are safe to use on any eyewear. Make sure to use our anti-fog gel and lens cleaner for a safe hike and to make sure you can enjoy the view at the top. Here are some of the best hikes in the Northeast:

Beginner:

1.     Rattlesnake New Hampshire

Located in Holderness, New Hampshire, this 2 mile hike offers beautiful views of Squam Lake. Keep an eye out for bald eagles, many people have reported spotting them while standing at the summit. Rattlesnake Mountain also has dozens of rare plant species to observe on the way up the mountain.

2.     Bash Bish Falls Massachusetts

This hike features the highest waterfall in Massachusetts and is located in South Egremont. It is 2.1 miles long and is nestled between Massachusetts and New York. After this hike, you’ll be able to say that you walked from one state to another while viewing a beautiful waterfall on the way! 

3.     Marginal Way Maine

Marginal Way refers to the “margin” between land and sea, which is well represented in this scenic seaside walk. This 1.25 mile trail sits atop a series of sand dunes and cliffs overlooking the ocean and leads to the quaint shopping area of Perkins Cove in Ogunquit, Maine.

Moderate

1.     Mt Monadnock New Hampshire

There’s a reason this mountain is one of the most-hiked mountains in the world. Mount Monadnock, located in Jaffrey, New Hampshire, is a 2 mile hike with areas of challenging terrain. However, several stopping areas overlooking Southern New Hampshire on the way up the way up the mountain make it worth the trek. A description of the view from this mountain is featured in several works of literature by authors such as Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson. 

2.     Cadillac Mountain Maine

Cadillac Mountain is the tallest mountain on the eastern seaboard. Located near Bar Harbor, Maine in Acadia National Park, it is a 7.5 mile hike that features a variety of waterfalls, gorges, and scenic views of the park. This mountain is the first mass of land in the US that the sun touches in the morning, making it the ultimate place to watch the sunrise. Many people consider this one of the best hikes in New England.

3.     Mount Major New Hampshire

This 3.5 mile hike located in Alton Bay, New Hampshire features beautiful rock formations and wildflowers on the way up to the summit. Once the top is reached, there are panoramic views overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee and Belknap mountain range.

4.     Mount Sugarloaf Maine

Mount Sugarloaf is located in Deerfield, Massachusetts and is 1.4 miles long. There is a picnicking area at the summit that is the perfect place to look at the beautiful views of the Connecticut River, Pioneer Valley, and the Berkshire Hills.

Expert

1.     Katahdin Maine

Mount Katahdin is the highest mountain in Maine, located in Northeast Piscataquis in Baxter State Park. This 9.1 mile hike features the famous “knife’s edge” trail that is very rugged and narrow, requiring technical climbing skills. But, it also features stellar and rewarding views of the state park and beyond. This view has been described by many hikers as “life changing”.

2.     Mount Washington New Hampshire

Mount Washington is famous for its beauty and the difficulty of this 7.9 mile hike. Located in Gorha, New Hampshire, this is the highest mountain in New England. Expect to see waterfalls, rare plant species, and several viewing platforms on the way up the mountain. The summit has a panoramic view that stretches for miles, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Adirondack Mountains.

3.     Mount Lafayette New Hampshire

This 7.8 mile hike is located in Franconia, New Hampshire. The trek up the mountain requires climbing skills and stamina, but it also features waterfalls and rock formations on the way up. At the summit on a clear day, you are unlikely to find a more beautiful view of New England anywhere else, making this one of the best hikes in New Hampshire.

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