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

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Mt Greylock: 42.637526, -73.165855
Mt Mansfield: 44.543933, -72.814121
Camel\'s Hump VT: 44.319611, -72.886047
Mt Lincoln: 44.148834, -71.644592
Mt Katahdin: 45.904822, -68.921185
Mt Washington: 44.271140, -71.302814

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

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 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.

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