New England Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge™

NEW ENGLAND SIX-PACK OF PEAKS CHALLENGE™

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OVERVIEW

The New England Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge offers hikers of all skill levels the opportunity to tackle some of the toughest mountains in the northeastern United States at their own pace and schedule.  The mountains of New England offer a unique set of challenges, with stretches of steep, rugged terrain and often sudden changes in climate.

Four peaks include stretches along the famous Appalachian Trail, four peaks are the highest point in their respective states, three peaks are the largest connected area of alpine tundra in the U.S. east of the Rocky Mountains, one peak boasts the “worst weather in the world” and highest recorded surface wind speed, and another is pictured on its state quarter.  All of the peaks offer incredible views of the surrounding area.

OVERVIEW MAP OF THE NEW ENGLAND SIX-PACK OF PEAKS CHALLENGE

THE PEAKS IN THE NEW ENGLAND SIX-PACK OF PEAKS CHALLENGE

2019 Bear Mountain CT

BEAR MOUNTAIN - Elevation 2,326' (709 m)

At 2,316 feet, Bear Mountain is the highest peak in Connecticut. The moderately steep and dog friendly routes include sections of the iconic Appalacian Trail.  Different types of wildlife and vegetation can be found along the trail with remnants of an old stone tower and wild blueberries awaiting hikers at the summit.

Six-Pack Route Details: Undermountain Trail to Paradise Lane Trail to Appalachian Trail
Distance: 6 miles; Vertical +/- 1,676 ft.

MOUNT GREYLOCK - Elevation 3,491' (1,064 m)

Mount Greylock is the highest natural point in Massachusetts. Although geologically part of the Taconic Mountains, it is commonly associated with the abutting Berkshire Hills to the east. The mountain is known for its expansive views encompassing five states and the only taiga-boreal forest in the state.

Six-Pack Route Details: Gould and Thunderbolt Loop
Distance: 6.5 miles; Vertical +/- 2,267 ft.

MOUNT MANSFIELD - Elevation 4,393' (1,339 m)

Mount Mansfield is the highest mountain in Vermont and flagship peak within the famous Vermont Green Mountains.  The mountain is one of two spots in Vermont where true alpine tundra survives from the Ice Ages.

Six-Pack Route Details: Mount Mansfield Loop Trail
Distance: 7.3 miles; Vertical +/- 2,880 ft.

CAMEL'S HUMP - Elevation 4,083' (1,245 m)

Camel's Hump is Vermont’s third-highest mountain and highest undeveloped peak. It is perhaps the state's most recognized mountain because of its camel-like shape. The views from the summit are panoramic.

Six-Pack Route Details: Long Trail Loop
Distance: 6.7 miles; Vertical +/- 2,739 ft.

MOUNT LINCOLN - Elevation 5,089' (1,551 m)

The hike up Mount Lincoln negotiates what is known as the Franconia Ridge Traverse, one of the most challenging and beautiful hikes in the country. The entire route dips and climbs over 9 miles of rough terrain, three major peaks (Little Haystack, Lincoln, and Lafayette Mountains), with a very respectable 3,875 total gain in elevation.

Six-Pack Route Details: Franconia Ridge Traverse
Distance: 9.4 miles; Vertical +/- 3,875 ft.

MOUNT WASHINGTON - Elevation 6,288' (1,917 m)

Mt. Washington is the highest peak in the northeastern U.S. and the most prominent mountain east of the Mississippi River.  Hikers will endure a 4,000 gain in elevation over some very rugged terrain.  It is often called the most dangerous small mountain in the world, largely due to sudden and severe changes in weather than can occur year round.

Six-Pack Route Details: Tuckerman Ravine Trail from Pinkham Notch
Distance: 8 miles; Vertical +/- 4,169 ft.

BONUS PEAK

MOUNT KATAHDIN - Elevation 5,267' (1,605 m)

Mt Katahdin is a steep, tall mountain formed from a granite intrusion weathered to the surface. Katahdin was well known to Native Americans in the region centuries ago, and to Europeans at least since 1689. It also marks the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail.

Mount Katahdin is not required to complete the 2019 challenge, but when completed in addition to the other six peaks, earns the challenger a special badge.

Six-Pack Route Details: Katahdin Loop Trail
Distance: 8.9 miles; Vertical +/- 3,897 ft.