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Hiking in Waterville Valley
Over 100 miles of well-marked, maintained trails crisscross the Waterville Valley region. With seven 4,000 foot peaks located within the Valley, hikers of all abilites can find a satisfying trek. From the 4,315 ft. summit of Mount Osceola, the views are fabulous. The three peaks of Tripyramid also offer an outstanding challenge, also with views to match.
Those looking for a more relaxed hike will find our network of trails around the valley floor more to their liking. Ranging from cross-country ski trails, to woods roads, to singletrack, the hiking in Waterville Valley allows everyone to enjoy the beauty of the natural landscape.
WVAIA - A Great Resource and Web Site for Hikers
In 1888, a group of guests staying at the Elliot's Hotel in Waterville Valley, NH, formed the Waterville Valley Athletic and Improvement Association- the WVAIA. Its objective was "to encourage all healthful exercise and afford facilities thereto." From the beginning, members assumed care of the hiking trails. There was a lot of informal hiking with group picnics at the Cascades, Norway Rapids, and Greeley Ponds. WVAIA members arranged for the brooks to be stoked with trout fry. Swimming, square dancing, scavenger hunts, race walking, bowling, and croquet were some of the many activities and events which the WVAIA sponsored. Today,the WVAIA continues in its historic mission, supporting North America's oldest network of hiking trails, as well as fly fishing, croquet and social gatherings for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy all that Waterville Valley, NH, has to offer. The WVAIA web site provides suggested hikes, trail descriptions and photos and is a great resource for hikers. The WVAIA Trail Map, available at stores in Waterville Valley Town Square, offers a detailed guide to trails.