NH Rock and Ice Climbing

The White Mountains of New Hampshire are unique to any other part of the East Coast. The region hosts New Hampshires best rock and ice climbing, as well as backcountry skiing, mountaineering and alpine climbing."Standard Route WI 3" Frankenstein Cliffs, NH Cathedral and Whitehorse Ledge overlook North Conway, NH and are the premier crags for single pitch and multi-pitch rock climbing during the warmer months. During the winter, Cathedral also forms ice routes which are the site for many people’s first time swinging ice tools!

During the winter, there are even larger objectives to tick off in the Whites. Summiting Mount Washington, which holds records for some of the World’s worst recorded weather, is a prized accomplishment. The mountain can be hiked or ascended via technical alpine routes in the Tuckerman or Huntington Ravines. These adventures involve a full day in the mountains and leave you with a full sense of accomplishment.

Crawford Notch, also located near North Conway, is filled with more ice climbing routes. You can find just about any style and difficulty of single pitch or multi-pitch ice line on which to test yourself!Summit of Mount Washington White Mountains, NH  Backcountry skiing is also available in the White Mountains. The region receives on average over 200 inches of snow annually. There are multiple ski trails cut below tree line as well as steeper backcountry terrain above tree line. The trails provide a great classroom for learning alpine touring or telemark skiing before testing yourself in avalanche terrain. 

Area Information

Closest Cities: North Conway, NH/Gorham, NH

Where to Stay:

Maple Leaf Motel is one of our favorite motels in the area. It has clean facilities and is located in a central location in town.   
2212 White Mtn. Highway, North Conway, NH 03860
(603) 356-5388

Hampton Inn North Conway
1788 White Mountain Highway, North Conway, NH 03860
(603) 356-7736

Pinkham Notch Visitors Center  The Joe Dodge Lodge provides accommodations and is at the base of Mount Washington. They also serve 3 hearty meals a day for hikers, climbers, and skiers. 
Jackson, NH 03846
(603) 466-2727

Where to Eat:

There are numerous restaurants in North Conway along the main strip. Listed here are eateries located between Mt. Washington and Crawford Notch which are harder to find. Chances are, you will be ready for a meal before making it back to town after a day of climbing in the Whites!

The Red Fox 
49 US Route 16, Jackson, NH 03846
(603) 383-4949

The Shannon Door 
19 Spencill Hill Rd, Jackson, NH 03846
(603) 383-4211

The Red Parka 
3 Station St, Glen, NH 03838
(603) 383-4344

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