Waterville Valley’s proximity to some of New England’s highest peaks makes it a great hiking destination. With more than a dozen 4,000-foot peaks surrounding Waterville Valley, hikers are being challenged to climb five of them in a single weekend in a fun hiking event known as the Denali 5 Summit Challenge.
The Denali Challenge will be held the weekend of August 14-16. Participants will hike (or attempt to hike) five peaks. There will be a choice of 13 mountains to climb and the five peaks chosen must equal 20,000’ or higher (almost the height of the highest point in the U.S., Alaska’s Mount Denali).
This year the peaks include:
North Peak Tripyramid 4,180’
Middle Peak Tripyramid 4,140’
South Peak Tripyramid 4,100’
Mt. Osceola 4,340’
Mt. Osceola East 4,156’
The Scaur 2,200’
Goodrich Rock 2,200’
Noon Peak 2,976’
Jennings Peak 3,460’
Those who conquer five will be proclaimed “Alive After Five.”
The weekend will include intense hiking for some, but will also offer easier hikes for families and post-hike entertainment.
There is no fee to participate in the Denali Challenge. On Sunday after the hikes there will be a barbecue at Legends. There is a $10 charge, which can be paid in advance or at the door.
Denali Challenge Schedule*
Friday – Hikes can be done on Saturday and Sunday, but hikers can choose to get one of the mountains out of the way on Friday. A warm-up hike on Friday to one of the many scenic outlooks in Waterville Valley is encouraged.
Friday Night – Register from 6-8 p.m.at the Information Booth in Town Square.
7-9 p.m. – Open Mic in Town Square.
7:30 p.m. – Village Harmony: Teen world music ensemble will perform at the Rey Center in Town Square.
Saturday – Bag 2 or 3 peaks.
9 a.m. – Free guided hike with WVAIA to The Scaur. Meet at Town Square gazebo.
Saturday Night – 6-9 p.m. – Free outdoor concert with local duo, Bryan & Nick, at Town Square gazebo.
Sunday – Finish 5 peaks.
Sunday Afternoon – All are welcome to a gathering at Legends in Town Square.
* Schedule is subject to change.
For more information, call 800-468-2553 or visit www.visitwatervillevalley.com.