The Appalachian Trail's Steepest Mile Is Right Here In New Hampshire
By Ken MacGray|Published October 24, 2023
Hey! I'm a freelance writer and guidebook author. I've authored "New Hampshire's 52 With A View - A Hiker's Guide", serve as editor of Appalachian Mountain Club's "Southern New Hampshire Trail Guide", and and am co-editor of the "White Mountain Guide", also for AMC. I'm currently beginning work on the 6th Edition of AMC's Southern New Hampshire Trail Guide, which will be published in 2025. I live in southern New Hampshire and can usually be found wandering throughout the state's mountains and forests.
Each year, thousands of long-distance hikers travel along the 2,200 miles of the Appalachian Trail between Georgia and Maine. Along the way, they usually get a wake-up call when they hit the rugged terrain of the White Mountains; the sections through New Hampshire and Maine are some of the toughest. The New Hampshire section of the AT is notorious for its rough, steep trails, and nowhere is this more evident than on Wildcat Mountain, which contains the steepest mile of the entire route.
Note: This trail is not suitable for inexperienced hikers or some dogs, should not be attempted when wet or icy, and is not recommended for descent.