Here are a list of the Backpacking trips we offer. Click the boxes to find out more about the specific trips available and the awesome Batesies who lead them!
Northern Prezies (Level 2)
Northern Prezies Leaders:
The northern Presidentials are dominated by the 5,774-foot summit of Mt. Adams, which is the central destination of this trip. Hiking up one of the most popular routes to the summit of Adams—the second highest peak in New Hampshire—calls for some beautiful scenery both above and below the tree line. You will be able to soak up the expansive landscape from the ridgeline and become familiar with New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Averaging a little over two miles per day, your leaders will direct you at a steady and relaxing pace up Adams, making stops at the Log Cabin and Perch campsites along the way. The Sam’s Summer Trail is a great introduction to hiking and provides ample opportunity to meet your new classmates.
Mileage: 8.5 miles
Exploring the Whites (Level 3)
Exploring the Whites Leaders:
This trip is meant to do exactly what its title indicates. By piecing together hikes from different areas in the White Mountain National Forest, you will get a taste of a wide variety of moderate hiking trails while still able to be in the midst of the famous and spectacular White Mountains. Camping along the famously scenic Kancamagus Highway, you will not be short of spectacular views and will get the chance to summit South Moat Mountain, Mt. Tripyramid, and Mt. Chocoura on individual day hikes. It’ll be a fun adventure!
Grafton (Level 3)
Grafton I Leaders:
Grafton II Leaders:
What better way is there to explore your new home than to see Maine’s expansive wilderness from the top of a mountain? On the western half of the Grafton Loop Trail, you will summit Stowe Mountain, Sunday River Whitecap, and the 4170-foot Old Speck Mountain and experience the beautiful landscape that Maine has to offer. This trip that takes you up a steady incline for three out of the four days also offers some challenging sections of trail that will be well rewarded once you are standing at the top of Old Speck looking at the beautiful views. Grades are mostly easy to moderate with a few short steep pitches. Sharing the trail with AT through hikers and sitting around the campfire at night calls for some new and exciting friendships to be made. On the easter half of the Grafton Loop Trail, you will summit both West and East Balpate and Puzzle Mountain. Grafton II is slightly longer than Grafton I but are similar in challenge and beauty.
Mileage: 20.1 miles/21.5 miles
Pemigewasset (Level 4)
Pemigewasset I Leaders:
Pemigewasset II Leaders:
Pemigewassett explores the largest Wilderness in the White Mountain National Forest, spanning from Franconia Notch all the way to Crawford Notch. The section of trail you will be hiking runs over some of the highest and most scenic mountains in New Hampshire outside the Presidential Range. You can watch the sunset from the summit of Garfield, take a dip in Ethan Pond, and spend some quality time up in the alpine zone. Stopping at AMC’s Galehead and Zealand Huts for lunch, breaks up the challenging trail. The steep climb to the summit of South Twin Mountain is worth the struggle because the views from the top are gorgeous. Next, you will find your way through the maze of boulders to the summit of Mount Guyot, one of the more remote peaks of the White Mountains. Guyot offers a panoramic view of the entire Pemigewassett Wilderness and on a nice day, you can even see as far as the Presidential Range. You wont be disappointed if you choose Pemigewassett as your trip!
Mileage: 22.5 miles
*Pemigewasset Wilderness I & II share the same itinerary, but are run in opposite directions.
Baxter Bushwackers (Level 4)
Baxter Bushwackers I Leaders:
Baxter Bushwackers II Leaders:
Baxter State Park has some of the wildest and most spectacular terrain in New England and includes Maine’s highest peak, Mt. Katahdin. Following a rigorous schedule and strenuous days of hiking, this trip is open to experienced hikers who want to challenge themselves and accomplish the feat of summiting Katahdin. Traversing the ridge between Pamola Peak and Baxter Peak, this trip takes you up Knife Edge, the most famous trail to the summit. You will be sure to catch a glimpse of everything from this 5267 foot peak and you won’t be let down by the views.
Mileage: 23 miles
Saddleback (Level 4)
Saddleback I Leaders:
Saddleback II Leaders:
The traverse of Saddleback’s ridges is known to stand out as one of Maine’s premier mountain ranges. Saddleback Mountain, part of the New England 4,000 footer list also includes Saddleback Junior, and the Horn, which provide spectacular views in all directions. Saddleback I starts at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain, the third highest peak in the state of Maine, and ascends to the summit, which offers unmatched views of the area and surrounding mountain ranges. Saddleback II begins at Piazza Rock and on the second night, the two trips have the opportunity to share stories around a campfire. This trip offers students to hike nearly twenty-four miles on the Appalachian Trail and experience the beauty of the mountains and valleys of Maine.
Mileage: 23 miles
*Saddleback I & II share the same itinerary, but are run in opposite directions.
Presidential Range Traverse (Level 4)
Prezies I Leaders:
Prezies II Leaders:
What better way to start a fresh beginning before college and meeting your classmates by working together to scale New Hampshire’s highest peaks? The Presidential Range includes the highest peaks in the Northeast and by taking this trip you will trek up Tuckerman’s Ravine, and summit Mt. Washington, Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Clay, Mt. Madison, and maybe even Mt. Adams. This hike calls for experienced hikers who are able to keep up with the strenuous trek over the Presidential Range of New Hampshire’s White Mountains. This string of summits offer spectacular panoramic views and you will never get bored of the trail, seeing that nearly half of this traverse occurs above tree line. Joining forces with the opposing Presies trip on the second night out strengthens friendships and allows for the opportunity to meet more Batesies. You won’t be disappointed with your decision to embark on this journey!
*Presidential Range Traverse I & II share the same itinerary, but are run in opposite directions.
Mahoosuc (Level 5)
Mahoosuc I Leaders:
Mahoosuc II Leaders:
This trip is crammed full of interesting highlights moving quickly from one to another including Old Speck Mountain, the precipitous descent of Mahoosuc Arm, Mahoosuc Notch, South Peak vista, and most of the Mahoosuc Range. After conquering one of the most difficult sections of the Appalachian Trail on the second day, known as Mahoosuc Notch, where you will scale a glacier-carved gash, you will feel accomplished for sure! Crossing paths with other Batesies, you will have the opportunity to meet more determined hikers like yourselves and get to know your new classmates. The Mahoosuc Range provides a challenge to experienced hikers who are willing to push themselves and enjoy Maine and New Hampshire’s beautiful peaks.
Mileage: 23 miles
*Mahoosuc I & II share the same itinerary, but are run in opposite directions.
Franconia (Level 5)
Franconia I Leaders:
Franconia II Leaders:
This backpacking trip takes you through the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire summiting peaks and dipping into the valley to get a wide range of exposure to the wilderness. Located in the heart of the popular White Mountain National Forest, Franconia Notch is a spectacular mountain pass that offers a trip full of adventure and excitement. Merging with a section of the Appalachian Trail calls for some steep inclines and experienced hikers. You will summit Little Haystack, Mt. Lincoln, Lafayette, and Garfield and will walk the ridgeline to witness breathtaking views. Franconia Notch offers a beautiful hiking experience that is sure to be challenging yet rewarding.
Mileage: 32 miles
*Franconia I & II share the same itinerary, but are run in opposite directions.