New Hampshire is known for its beautiful hiking trails, but did you know that the oldest hiking trail in America is right here in New Hampshire? This trail isn’t just old, it’s stunningly beautiful as well! The Crawford Path, which runs over the Presidential Range is well traveled and well loved, and once you see these pictures you’ll understand why!
The Crawford Path transverses the Presidential Range, hitting many of the tallest summits in New Hampshire, including the summit of Mount Washington.
The path was first cleared in the 1800s and used as a horse trail for transporting timber to the summit of Mount Washington. Since then, the trail has become beloved with thousands of hikers.
The Crawford Path runs for 15.2 miles, making it one of the longest paths in the White Mountains. The trail is also path of the Appalachian Trail, from Mount Pierce to the summit of Mount Washington.
The open views from the trail allow hikers to see how far they are going - or how far they have left to go!
Along the way the trail is marked by cairns, piles of rock that are used to mark the trail. Even when the weather is foggy or cloudy the rocks keep hikers on this well-worn path.
Of course, signs also kept hikers navigate which peaks they are approaching, and connect then to other trails in the White Mountains.
The Appalachian Mountain Club maintains section of the trails, including the Lakes of the Clouds hut, where hikers can spend the night and even enjoy a pancake breakfast.
The hut is a well-loved spot for hikers who look to be immersed in the New Hampshire wilderness. Plus, it is absolutely breathtaking.
The hut sits next to the truly amazing Lakes of the Clouds, a series of stunning ponds nestled in to the mountain top just south of the Mount Washington summit.
The view from Lakes of the Clouds is breathtaking and unlike anywhere else in New Hampshire. Although it's one of the most beautiful spots on the Crawford Path, the whole trail is full of New Hampshire beauty. No wonder it has been used for more than 200 years.