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5 New Hampshire Hikes for Dogs

Updated: Jul 7, 2023

New Hampshire Hiking with Dogs

The White Mountains of New Hampshire are our home away from home but if you haven’t been there before it can be difficult to figure out where to start hiking with your dog. Here are 5 great hikes for dogs in descending order of difficulty. We hope to see some of you up there!

#5 Mt. Moosilauke A beautiful mountain standing at 4,802 feet! This mountains is a great introduction to New Hampshire’s 4000 footers. We recommend taking Gorge Brook trail as it is one of the “easier” ways up and there are plenty of streams for your dog to stop and cool off.

#4 Mt. Pemigewasset At 2,557 feet, this mountain offers wonderful views for a little less effort. Plenty of water breaks for you and you pup and a great introduction to the Franconia Notch area, one of New Hampshire’s most beautiful areas. Get there early as this trail and parking lot fill fast!

#3 Mt. Willard Mount Willard (2,865 feet) is known as the best views for the effort in the White Mountains! This popular hike ascends on a steady grade to some of the most iconic views in the state. Make sure to leash your dog before the summit as the view point is a pretty steep cliff.

#2 East Pond Loop Trail Whether you do the loop or just head to East Pond and back these mountain ponds are pristine and a great place to share a swim with your pooch. We would recommend doing the loop counter clockwise but either way the ponds are gorgeous and there are plenty of streams along the way to cool off in. Be on the look out for moose on these trails!

#1 Russell Colbath Loop This trail starts just past the Jigger Johnson campground and is a nice meandering loop through the woods. Filled with historical spots for the humans and stops at the river for the dog this is a great hike dogs and people of all ages and experience levels.

As always, please be sure that when you go out in nature with your dog that you head out prepared for any outcome. Always pack your dog first aid kit! If you're not sure what your should bring, read out earlier blog on building your dog first aid kit.

Do you love hiking with your dog? We would love to hear about your favorite places to visit together. Share in the comment section your recommendations.

Happy Hiking!

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