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 Most Exciting 4K?
I see the bad list. What's on the good list?


Thu Apr 19, 2012 2:48 pm
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Not a 4k technically but any hiking in The Great Gulf, it's a wild place. So Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Madision


Thu Apr 19, 2012 3:11 pm
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Weather conditions...mood.....OP...all play a role in how good or bad a summit is. Then there's then technical question about NH's 4K's....Clay is a 4K and AWESOME...so is Franklin....N Lincoln.....had a killer hike recently to E Garfield and was surprised at the views. never saw the Pemi from that point of view
But if I had to pick one it would probably be W Bond. Every time it's been clear with incredible views.
Carrigain might be second mainly becasue of Signal Ridge

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Adams is near the top of that list imo. Really the 3 Northern Presis for that matter (Jeff and Madison too), not for just the summits, but the impressive terrain surrounding them, both on-and-off trail.

Carrigain is awesome, though more for Signal Ridge than the summit (which does have great views don't get me wrong!).

Pick a peak on Franconia Ridge (including Liberty and Flume here), all are great (even the "non-4Ks").

W. Bond is great.

South Twin is great.

Really, a lot of them are terrific in many different ways, I'd be hard-pressed to pick a best one.

As Pucknuts says, there are also plenty of good 4ks that just don't make that col requirement ;)

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My favorite (I'm not sure this is the same as exciting) official 4K peak probably would come from this list:

Isolation
Jefferson
Pierce
Garfield
Bondcliff
Lincoln

The close-but-no-cigar peaks of Guyot, Clay and Hight are certainly worth an honorable mention. I like the views across the Great Gulf, or Oakes Gulf, or Pinkham Notch to the higher peaks on the far side.

I have not hiked in the Great Gulf yet, so I will reserve judgement until then, but for now, Huntington Ravine Trail up to Washington is perhaps the most exciting and spectacular hike, i.e., for the entire length of the hike, it is outstanding.

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I'm of the same mind set as the previous post. How do you qualify spectacular?

Kinsmans were spectacular b/c we finally made in on the 3rd try and had the shelter to ourselves for the overnight.

Tripyramids spectacular b/c again, we finally made it on the 3rd try.

Moosilauke spectacular b/c we had 100 mile views on a beautiful foliage day.

Jefferson spectacular b/c we worked so hard to get it.

Pierce spectacular just b/c it's Pierce

Hancocks most recently spectacular b/c of the expression on my friend's face when the gray jay landed on her hand

Washington spectacular b/c that's where TOC and I started our quest (though we didn't know it at the time)

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West Bond.

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I always like Moosilauke. Anyone know where I can go tomorrow -4000 footer- that has no snow?


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I always like Moosilauke. Anyone know where I can go tomorrow -4000 footer- that has no snow?


There might be a little snow and ice, depending on how you go, but we bare-booted on Saturday via Glencliff, and saw a few Dartmouth kids in sneakers.

Yep. One of my favorites, too, if you get there early in the day.

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I've only been to 15 to date, NOT including so many favorites like Moosilauke, the Bonds, Carrigain, Twins. But probably my favorite so far was Eisenhower, of course because I managed to hit it on the most spectacular day of the year. Also loved Canon. There was a tour group on the observation tower when I was there, and I enjoyed the knowledge that the view I was enjoying was far better than the view that they saw, and of course it was another beautiful day.

Looking forward to many more, hopefully soon!


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Depends what you mean by exciting but for me the trail you take and the season you do it in can make all the difference.

I agree with Tim that Washington via Huntington Ravine is as exciting as trails on NH 4K's get. Knife Edge on Katahdin is just as exciting, but in Maine of course. Still a 4K though.

If you mean most exciting summit it's hard to beat either West Bond and it's tiny point like summit area and/or Bondcliff with that famous photo op and of course the cliffs in general.

In winter any of the northern Presis or Washington can be very exciting via any route.

All season and just exciting mountain overall I'd have to second Adams. The Subway, Ravines, Ridges and views from the high above treeline summit make it the overall winner in my book.


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Non 4K's, but exciting:

Mahoosuc Notch

South Baldface Cliffs

Exciting 4K's:

Bondcliff
Whiteface up Blueberry Ledges
Wildcat up WRT

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flume up the flume slide. Very exciting, can't wait to do it in winter.


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Very interesting discussion... different strokes for different folks.

While it is hard to go wrong with any of the three northern Presis, I prefer Jefferson to Adams because I like to look AT Adams from next door. Clay has the most fantastic fall-away view of the Great Gulf and I try not to miss it when I am in the neighborhood.

While the Bonds are spectacular, I personally find West Bond the least of the three, because Bond blocks a lot of other peaks and isn't itself that interesting to look at.

While Carrigain can see 43 of the other 48, none of them are "right there". Same for Moosilauke. Both are great peaks. Moosilauke along with Eisenhower are too dome-shaped for my preference - I like summits with a plunge - giving me a vertical panorama to go wiith the horizontal one.

The most excited I have ever been to reach a summit, in order: Bondcliff (first time, I got giddy and started running), Jackson (any-season 48 finish with my family along), Zealand (winter 48 completion) and Jefferson (single-season winter finish 2012). Three of the four of these were situational and/or who I was with, especially Zealand.

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Granite Guy wrote:
Depends what you mean by exciting but for me the trail you take and the season you do it in can make all the difference.


I couldn't agree more. Perhaps that's why I frequent them so much. I try to pick a different route each time. If I had to pick just one I would go with Adams. Second talles and a pointy peak with many fun trails to get there.

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