The White Mountains of New Hampshire offer rugged wilderness areas and is still home to the world’s worst weather high atop Mt. Washington in the Presidential Range.
The White Mountains were once called the “Crystal Hills” by the early settlers due to their granite faces that reflected sunlight in the valley below. The same curiosity and interest in those ‘crystal hills’ continues today with thousands of visitors that come to hike, bike and play in the 780,000 acres that make up the White Mountain National Forest .
Within the National Wilderness areas of the Pemigewasset, Presidential/Dry River, Great Gulf, Sandwich Range and Caribou- Speckled Mountain there are 48 4,000 foot mountains that make up the official 4,000 foot list that many White Mountain hikers follow ardently. To quality for the list the mountain must be over 4,000 feet and there must be at least a 200’ drop from other 400 footers.
Learn more about the White Mountain Naitonal Forest at https://www.fs.usda.gov/whitemountain