White Mountain North Country

Range TypeGeographically-defined sub-range
Highest PointMount Cabot (4160+ ft/1268+ m)
CountriesUnited States
States/ProvincesNew Hampshire
Area933 sq mi / 2,417 sq km
Area may include lowland areas
Extent51 mi / 83 km North-South
29 mi / 46 km East-West
Center Lat/Long44° 44' N; 71° 20' W
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North of the Presidential Range, stretching from US 2 north to the Candadian border, lies an enormous, wild, and little-known area of the White Mountains. The peaks are low by White Mountain standards (only 2 break 4,000 feet), most of the land is owned by paper companies, there is no above-timberline terrain, and trails become more and more scarce as Canada gets closer. In many ways this country is more akin to the huge wilderness tracts of Maine rather than the other, more heavily-visited ranges of the White Mountains.

The North Country begins in far northern New Hampshire near the sources of the Connecticut River, hard up against the border with Quebec. The low mountains and hills here are really part of the Boundary Mountains, which get higher to the northeast, in Maine.

The most prominent landmarks in the northern reaches of the White Mountains are: the Percy Peaks (3430'), prominent twin cones overlooking Groveton; rugged Dixville Notch and its famous old resort hotel; Blue Mountain (3780'), the highest point in this wilderness; and the source of the Connecticut River along the New Hampshire-Quebec border, near Maine's Boundary Mountains. Outdoor activities here are limited by lack of trails, private land, and general remoteness, but bushwhackers and explorers looking to loose the crowds may enjoy these almost forgotten northern reaches of the White Mountains.

South of NH Route 110 the North Country becomes higher, and a large but separate tract of the White Mountain National Forest covers most of the Pilot and Pliny Ranges, which together form a high, forested, and remote letter "L". Mount Cabot (4180') in the Pilot Range and Mount Waumbek (4005') in the Pliny range are the only 4000 footers, and both are completeley forested, have a reputation as some of the dullest 4000 footers in the state, and feature trails mainly because of their height. The Pilot-Pliny area also boasts a number of high 3000 footers, such as Mount Weeks (3890') and others. A relatively recent trail, the 20-mile Kilkenny Ridge Trail, now traverses this range.

On the other side of U.S. 2 from the Presidentials is the Crescent Range, with a high point of Black Crescent Mountain (3070'), whose low summits and outlooks offer fantastic views of the Northern Peaks of the Presidential Range.

Map of White Mountain North Country
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Note: Range borders shown on map are an approximation and are not authoritative.
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Other Ranges: To go to pages for other ranges either click on the map above, or on range names in the hierarchy snapshot below, which show the parent, siblings, and children of the White Mountain North Country.
White MountainsLevel 4 (Parent)
         White Mountain North CountryLevel 5
                 Far North CountryLevel 6 (Child)
                 Central North CountryLevel 6 (Child)
                 Pilot RangeLevel 6 (Child)
                 Pliny RangeLevel 6 (Child)
                 Crescent RangeLevel 6 (Child)
         Mahoosuc RangeLevel 5 (Sibling)
         Western White MountainsLevel 5 (Sibling)
         Franconia AreaLevel 5 (Sibling)
         Presidential RangeLevel 5 (Sibling)
         Eastern White MountainsLevel 5 (Sibling)
         Sandwich RangeLevel 5 (Sibling)

Major Peaks of the White Mountain North Country

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NameftmRange6
1.Mount Cabot4160+1268+Pilot Range
2.Mount Waumbek40061221Pliny Range
3.The Bulge3940+1201+Pilot Range
4.The Horn39051190Pilot Range
5.Mount Weeks39011189Pliny Range
6.Mount Starr King3898+1188+Pliny Range
7.Hutchins Mountain37301137Pilot Range
8.Blue Mountain3720+1134+Central North Country
9.Sugarloaf3700+1128+Central North Country
10.Middle Weeks36841123Pliny Range
Sub-peaks are excluded from this list. List may not be complete, since only summits in the PBC Database are included.
Child Range High Points
RankPeak NameftmRange6
1.Mount Cabot4160+1268+Pilot Range
2.Mount Waumbek40061221Pliny Range
3.Blue Mountain3720+1134+Central North Country
4.Rice Mountain3380+1030+Far North Country
5.Black Crescent Mountain3264995Crescent Range

Photos of Peaks in the White Mountain North Country

Mount Cabot
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"The View" from southern end of Mt Cabot trail looking toward Layfette in the distance. Great place for lunch! (2017-09-01). Photo by Eric Ryherd.
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Mount Waumbek
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Not too cold. But saw bear claws on the fresh snow from the previous night (2015-11-15). Photo by Shriram Mani.
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Percy Peaks-North Peak
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North Percy Peak (2016-10-06). Photo by Robert Garneau.
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Rogers Ledge
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Rogers Ledge, Pilot Range, New Hampshire (2014-07-25). Photo by Maudelle Driskell.
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