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Denali Challenge – Hike Five Waterville Valley Peaks

August 8, 2018

It’s time once again for indomitable peakbaggers to gather in Waterville Valley for the annual Denali Challenge. Beginning Friday, Aug. 10 and culminating on Sunday, Aug. 12, hikers are challenged to summit five peaks in and around Waterville Valley equaling 20,000 feet in elevation – equivalent to hiking Mt. Denali, the highest peak in North America. 

My son, Tyler, trying to knock off 4000-footers.

Hikers can choose from the 13 peaks listed below to achieve 20,000 feet. Those who complete the challenge can claim the enviable title of “Alive After Five.”

Participation in the weekend is free and everyone is welcome. The hikes are not organized or guided. Hikers choose which peaks they wish to summit, then head out solo or with friends or family. Preregistration is recommended but not required – email  Check-in at the Info Booth in Town Square on Friday, Aug. 10, from 6-8 p.m. and receive a welcome goody bag and hiker card.  As you reach each summit, check it off on the card and turn the cards in at the Info Booth in Town Square on Sunday. Photos will be taken of those who have successfully completed the challenge and shared on social media so you can bask in the glory of being “Alive After Five.”

For those not inclined to peak bag (ahem…me?!), there will be guided family-friendly hikes at 10 a.m. on Saturday (to the Cascades) and Sunday (to Goodrich Rock). Guided hikes meet at the info booth in Town Square.

Denali Challenge 2018

Hike any five of the following peaks to achieve 20,000’ (or a sixth peak if elevation is needed).
Peaks (Elevation)
Tecumseh (4003)
Welch (2605)
Dickey (2734)
Snow’s (2800)
North Peak Tripyramid (4180)
Middle Peak Tripyramid (4140)
South Peak Tripyramid (4100)
Mt. Osceola (4340)
Mt. Osceola East (4156)
The Scaur (2200)
Goodrich Rock (2200)
Noon Peak (2976)
Jennings Peak (3460)

Waterville Valley hosts the Denali Challenge - hike five peaks totaling 20,000 feet in elevation

About Jan Stearns

I've been living in and loving New Hampshire's White Mountains for most of my life. I moved to Waterville Valley in 1981 and quickly realized why it was dubbed a Yankee Shangri-la. Once you’ve experienced Waterville Valley, you’ll want to call it yours. The great team of Realtors at Waterville Valley Realty can help you find a Waterville Valley home that fits your lifestyle and budget.

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