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Waterville Valley Hosts ‘Denali Challenge’

August 7, 2017

With more than a dozen 4,000-foot peaks surrounding Waterville Valley, NH, an invitation has been issued to hikers to climb five of them in a single weekend of intense hiking, fun, and entertainment.  

Waterville Valley’s 4th annual Denali Challenge will be held on August 11-13. The event is nicknamed the Denali Challenge because hikers will climb five mountains totaling 20,000-feet in elevation over the course of the weekend. That’s equivalent to hiking the highest point in the U.S., Alaska’s Mount Denali.

Participation in the Denali Challenge is free.  Hikers are on their own (or welcome to form their own hiking groups) and can choose to hike five of the peaks listed below. Those who conquer five mountains totaling 20,000-feet can claim the title, “Alive After Five.”

There will also be guided family-friendly hikes offered on Saturday and Sunday. 

Denali Challenge – Choose Five Peaks Totaling 20,000-feet in Elevation

Peaks (Elevation)
Tecumseh (4,003)
Welch (2,605)
Dickey (2,734)
Snow’s (2,800)
North Peak Tripyramid (4,180)
Middle Peak Tripyramid (4,140)
South Peak Tripyramid (4,100)
Osceola (4,340)
Osceola East (4,156)
The Scaur (2,200)
Goodrich Rock (2,200)
Noon Peak (2,976)
Jennings Peak (3,460)

This hiker is ‘Alive After Five’! She successfully completed the Denali Challenge – 5 mountains totaling 20,000-feet in elevation!

Denali Challenge Schedule

Friday, August 11
Although all five peaks can be climbed on Saturday and Sunday, hikers are encouraged to do a warm-up hike on Friday to one of the many scenic outlooks in Waterville Valley.

6-8 p.m. Register for the Denali Challenge in Waterville Valley Town Square next to the info booth. Hikers will receive a free welcome goody bag, t-shirt and hiker card.

6-9 p.m.  Enjoy a free outdoor concert with Doug Thompson in the Town Square courtyard. Pack a cooler, bring a chair or claim a picnic table, and put on your dancing shoes!

Saturday, August 12
10 a.m.  Guided family hike to the Cascades in Waterville Valley.  Meet at the Info Booth in Town Square. Transportation to trailhead is provided.

Denali Challenge hikers bag 2 or 3 peaks.

5:30-8:30 p.m.  Waterville Valley Resort’s 50th Anniversary Poolside Family Barbecue (tickets NOT available at the door and must have been purchased in advance). At the White Mountain Athletic Club. For info, call 603-236-4695.

6-9 p.m.  Live music with Lil Penney in the Town Square courtyard. Pack a cooler, bring a chair or claim a picnic table, and put on your dancing shoes!

Sunday, August 13
10 a.m.  Guided family hike to Goodrich Rock in Waterville Valley.  Meet at the Info Booth in Town Square.  Transportation to trailhead is provided.

10-11 a.m.  Animal Encounter: Owls of New Hampshire in Town Square. FREE and open to all. Presented by the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center.

Denali Challenge hikers finish 5 peaks and turn in hiker card at the Info Booth in Town Square.

For more information call 800-468-2553 or visit

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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