In 1979, a group of retirees living in Sandwich, NH got together and began hiking. Starting small and local, these like-minded friends would eventually become known as the Over The Hill Hikers, whose outdoor adventures would reach across New England and even into Europe, led by their legendary "den mother" Lib Bates.
After completing the prestigious New Hampshire 4,000 Footers, the group sought out a new challenge and decided to create a hiking list in 1990 to complement the higher mountains — a selection of 52 hikes under 4,000 ft. which offered spectacular views.
Compiled and edited over a period of years, this guide is tailored toward both experienced hikers as well as beginners — young and old — for which this list attracts many. It is the first comprehensive guidebook for these scenic peaks.
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"Every year there is always something in the White Mountain genre that rises to the top," said Laura Cummings, owner of White Birch Books, which sits in the heart of the Whites in North Conway. "I would say for sure this year it's 'New Hampshire's 52 With a View.'" — For your gift list: Books with a New Hampshire accent — New Hampshire Union Leader, 12/15/2019
"User-friendly, well researched, and well written. A much needed reference for this list!" — Christine
"This book was so helpful in planning the Moats traverse I did with my husband last week! Thank you for making it a reality!" — Jessica
"It is a great guide for the 52 WAV, highly recommended! I have already put it to use!" — Reid
"Extremely well researched and presented. Mr. MacGray shows a definite love of his subject for all of us to share." — M
"Great guide. Lots of information. Well done!" — Claire
"Awesome book. The 52WAV bible." — Mike
"... what I have read is well executed and a wonderful 'read'. You should take a lot of satisfaction and pride in your guide. It's a great book." — Jim
"If you haven't picked up a copy, I'm not sure what you're waiting for. Go buy it! Ken described this hike [Mt. Tremont] perfectly, with just the right amount of detail, cautions, what to look for, etc. and if he did it for this mountain, I'm sure the same is true for the other 51. [...] Again, buy Ken's book. You'll be glad you did." — Gary
"Ken's book is the best. Highly recommend it. It saved our bacon this past weekend on Blueberry. With the recent snow we lost the trail. Thankfully we had a copy of Ken's trail description which helped us immensely." — Peter
"MainSt. BookEnds can't keep this one on the shelf." — Katherine Nevins, MainSt. BookEnds, Warner, NH
"Great book with the most accurate trail descriptions and relevant info on parking and winter conditions. Highly recommended." — Ken Bosse, NH author
"The book arrived quickly, and was a helpful reference for us to hike Mt Crawford." — Chris
What's new in the 2nd edition (2020)
Reflects the current 52WAV list, which was officially revised in May 2020
Revised and expanded trail descriptions for each peak
Over 50 photographs depicting scenes from each peak
Expanded alternate routes with more detailed trailhead locations
Expanded and updated information for hiking each peak in winter
Updated peak elevations per the latest LIDAR data
Overview map of where each peak is located within NH
Historical overview of the Over The Hill Hikers and how the 52 With A View list was formed
Detailed recommended route descriptions for all 52 peaks (plus the delisted peaks), including historical tidbits, parking & road access and summaries of additional routes
Information on overnight options for campers and backpackers
Tips for hiking and driving to each peak in winter
Highlights of the views from the summits of each peak, as that is what this list is all about!