As Father’s Day approaches, warm weather and groups of hikers return to New Hampshire’s mountains. If you know where to look, Western New Hampshire has a variety of short, kid-friendly hikes that provide the perfect combination of solitude and wonderful views. Meeting this description, here are three going through New Hampshire’s most underrated mountains – just remember to bring your bug spray!

1. Mount Cardigan via West Ridge Trail – Orange, NH

2.8 miles out and back

This trail leaves Cardigan Mountain Road in Orange, New Hampshire, and climbs a moderate grade for a little under a mile and a half through a mix of conifers and hardwoods. After crossing a footbridge, the West Ridge Trail opens up to the south and west, offering grand views of Vermont and Southern New Hampshire. Once you reach the summit, a completely panoramic scene offers a stunning glimpse of the White Mountains.

[Photo: Dennis Follensbee]
[Photo: Dennis Follensbee]

2. Lake Solitude on Mt. Sunapee via Andrew Brook Trail – Newbury, NH

4.0 miles out and back

Leaving Mountain Road, off NH Route 103 in Newbury, New Hampshire, the trail begins with a cool and quiet climb to Mount Sunapee’s secluded Lake Solitude, following and crossing Andrew Brook in the process. The trail tops off at the White Ledges, with clear views south to Lake Solitude, Lovewell Mountain, and Sunapee Ridge.

3. Bald Peak via Kinsman Ridge Trail and Spur – Easton, NH

4.6 miles out and back

Bald Peak may be reached from NH Route 116, using the Mount Kinsman and the Bald Peak Spur Trails. This route travels below a cool canopy of hardwoods and small cascades, while the moderate elevation gives you access to magnificent views of Moosilauke, the Green Mountains, and Kinsman Ridge.

[Photo: Dennis Follensbee]
[Photo: Dennis Follensbee]