Extreme Day Hike
Extraordinary event through the Presidential Range of New Hampshire with a fabulous short hike of 23 miles for the Full and 9600'+ change in elevation, or 14 Miles and about 4800' elevation gain for the Half, so a a walk in the park across the worst weather crest in the USA, with over half of it above tree line! The White Mountains are a majestic pile of granite rocks, so as usual we are going for it and repeating one our all time classics, so this will be a blast and unbelievable adventure story no one will be able to top around the water cooler when and IF you return! ;-) So let's saddle up for another one of those trips you have to do....before you die...Mt. Washington and the Presidentials!!! As the Full Presi is the toughest one day hike in the East, you must be vetted by Dave, Peter, Joffrey, Holger, Joey, Steve or myself after doing several training hikes and will only truly be "In" after that. Don't believe me? Read the sign at the beginning of our "Adventure" above....it says, "TRY THIS TRAIL ONLY IF YOU ARE IN TOP PHYSICAL CONDITION..." and trust me...it is not exaggerating, hence our training hike series you must participate in.
Since the "Half Presi+" was such a hit last year, it is now a part of this all time classic adventure and there for you just in case you want to "dip your toes in the water" first before moving up to the Full! This way people who are a little unsure but know they can hike up Mt. Washington can meet us at the observatory around 1PM, where we will eat and rest a bit then walk out together on that fabulous above tree line ridge soaking in all those one of a kind Presidential views! We will camp at the campground and do the Traverse and Half Traverse+ on either Saturday or Sunday depending on weather. you must agree to the Washington Backpackers Meetup Group Liability Waiver here:
and answer all questions asked. We will also be planning another hike or trip up there as well, so more details to follow soon!
Campground info here:
BARNES FIELD CAMPGROUND, NH Status: Closed through Fri May[masked] Season Dates 11 site(s) found ALL (11) GROUP STANDARD NONELECTRIC (7) GROUP TENT ONLY AREA NONELECTRIC (4) Campground
List Date Range
Availability Overview Located six miles south of Gorham, New Hampshire, at the base of New England's tallest peak, the historic Barnes Field Campground is a group camping facility that provides a scenic and private space for organizations, families and others to gather. It provides access to some of the most popular hikes in the White Mountains.
The campground is one of a few in the area that remains open in winter, providing first-come, first-served winter camping for individuals or groups. It is adjacent to Dolly Copp Campground.
Lush forests, spectacular mountain views and convenience to outdoor recreation and scenic driving draw visitors to Barnes Field. The surrounding White Mountain National Forest encompasses nearly 800,000 acres in New Hampshire and western Maine, and is one of the most popular forests in the country. Natural Features:
Barnes Field is situated in a mixed hardwood, spruce and pine forest at the base of 6,288-ft. Mount Washington, the highest peak north of the Smoky Mountains and east of the Mississippi River. The Peabody River and Culhane Brook pass by the facility.
The national forest is home to many species of northern wildlife, including moose, white-tailed deer and black bear. Almost 200 species of birds, including the rare Bicknell's Thrush, live in the White Mountains.
Summer temperatures are often very pleasant; however mountain weather can change drastically, putting visitors at risk for exposure to cold, rain and snow even during summer. Winters bring bitter cold and infamous severe weather. Campers should come prepared.
The campground is a popular spot for groups to camp, picnic and hike. It is a hub for hikes into the Presidential and Carter-Moriah Ranges. The Daniel Webster Scout Trail leaves from the southern end of Dolly Copp Campground into the Great Gulf Wilderness on the northeast side of Mount Washington. Many more miles of trails can be accessed within a short drive.
Within the facility, anglers can try their luck for brook trout in the creek and river. Families can learn more through educational programs presented at Dolly Copp on weekends in July and August. The end of the camping season may also bring great opportunities for viewing fall foliage, and winter brings much fun for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and ice climbing enthusiasts.
Learn more about recreation in the national forest.
The campground is organized in a single loop on a field that was farmed in the early 1900s. It features large, open sites designed for larger than normal camping parties and large organized groups. Both standard and tent-only sites are available. The facility provides water and restrooms; Dolly Copp Campground has additional amenities.
Winter camping is first-come, first-served for camping parties of any size. Individuals camping in winter may need to share these large sites.
Numerous hiking trails, mountain biking trails and rock climbing routes are within a short drive of the campground. The nearby towns of North Conway, Jackson and Gorham provide shops, restaurants, supplies and other conveniences.
In summer, confident campers can try the drive up the steep Mount Washington Auto Road to catch a view from the Northeast's highest peak. Guided tours are also available. The Cog Railway ascends the other side of the mountain, and is about an hour drive from Dolly Copp.
The White Mountains region hosts four alpine and five nordic ski areas, which provide year-round recreation opportunities.
Activities and Amenities Within Facility
- Campfire Rings
- Cross Country Skiing
- Drinking Water
- Group Camping
- Vault Toilets
Know Before You Go
- Because of its potential to carry invasive insects that destroys forests, absolutely no firewood is allowed that originates outside of New Hampshire and Maine; leave firewood at home; use local sources and burn it on-site; more information
- Fees are by number of people in group May 19 - Oct. 10; by vehicle the remainder of the year
- Campsite fee includes parking for one vehicle; second vehicle fee of $5 per night collected upon arrival
- All camping gear must be kept on gravel (tents, tables, RVs)
- Must bring voucher/confirmation to campground and display on windshield
- This facility is open on a first-come, first-served basis outside the reservation season
- Visitors should be prepared for rugged trails and changing weather; more information can be obtained from Hike Safe
- Be bear aware; keep all food out of site in approved containers or locked inside a hard-sided vehicle and remove all food from area after eating
- White Mountain National Forest website
Getting There: BARNES FIELD CAMPGROUND
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
A nice topo map of the area can be conveniently browsed at caltopo.
In addition please read the "Hike Safe" website:
as it is what we do in our group and gives you the information you need to be fully prepared on this or any of our adventures!