This weekend, hikers will be challenged to climb the equivalent of a trek up Denali, the highest point in the U.S., without even leaving New Hampshire!
More than a dozen 4,000-foot peaks surround Waterville Valley. Hikers are invited to hike (or try to hike) five peaks in a single weekend – the equivalent of a 20,000-foot total ascent in three days – just about the height of Alaska’s Mount Denali!
Organizers of the Denali Five Summit Challenge selected Waterville Valley because of its location in the White Mountain National Forest, surrounded by some of New England’s highest peaks.
Hikers can choose between the following mountains – but must choose five (or six if elevation is needed) peaks that total 20,000-feet or higher.
Denali Five Summit Challenge Peaks
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
Hikers who conquer all five and 20,000 feet will be proclaimed “Alive After Five!” at a post-hike barbecue on Sunday, Aug. 17, at Legends in Waterville Valley’s Town Square. All are invited to attend the barbecue ($10 per person), which can be paid in advance or at the door. All “Alive After Five!” participants (21+) will be rewarded with a free Woodstock Brewery 4000-footer beer and an “Alive After Five” t-shirt!
Although the weekend will include intense hiking for some, there are easier, family-friendly hikes, including guided family hikes to Norway Rapids on Saturday, Aug. 16 (meet at Town Square gazebo at 8 a.m.) and the Cascades on Sunday, Aug. 17 (meet at Town Square Info Booth at 10 a.m.).
There is no charge to participate in the Denali Five Summit Challenge. Register Friday night, Aug. 15, between 6 and 8 p.m. at the Information Booth in Waterville Valley Town Square.
Or, call 1-800-GO VALLEY.
Sponsors of the Denali Five Summit Challenge include Woodstock Inn’s 4000 Footer Beer, the Waterville Valley Foundation and the Waterville Valley Resort Association.