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Waterville Valley offers unique challenge: Climb five mountains in a single weekend

Waterville Valley, NH – With more than a dozen 4,000-foot peaks surrounding Waterville Valley, NH the invite is being issued to climb five of them in a single weekend of intense hiking, fun, and entertainment. This is Waterville Valley’s 3rd annual 5 Summit Challenge, a 20,000-foot total that is almost the height of the highest point in the U.S., Alaska’s Mount Denali.

The event, nicknamed “The Denali Challenge” will be held August 12-14 at the resort in the middle of the White Mountain National Forest.

Waterville Valley’s proximity to some of New England’s highest peaks makes it a great hiking location any day of the week. Participants in the 5 Summit Challenge will hike (or try to hike) five peaks. There will be a choice of 14 mountains to climb and the five peaks chosen must equal 20,000 feet or higher. 


This year the peaks are:

  • Peaks (Elevation)
    Tecumseh (4,003)
    Welch (2,605)
    Dickey (2,734)
    Snow’s (2,800)
    North Peak Tripyramid (4,180)
    Middle Peak Tripyramid (4,140)
    South Peak Tripyramid (4,100)
    Osceola (4,340)
    Mt. Osceola East (4,156)
    The Scaur (2,200)
    Goodrich Rock (2,200)
    Noon Peak (2,976)
    Jennings Peak (3,460)

Participation in the weekend is free and those who conquer five will be proclaimed “Alive After Five.”

The weekend will include intense hiking for some, but will also offer easier hikes for families and entertainment, with the performances from Village Harmony and Bryan Conway on Friday, and Sumx4 on Saturday.

On Sunday, at 10:00 a.m., Squam Lakes Natural Science Center will present a free one-hour live animal program about Owls of New Hampshire in Waterville Valley Town Square. The family fun weekend will begin with a welcome BBQ for Denali participants Friday night from 6-8pm in Town Square.

To sign up or to get more information call 800-Go Valley or go to

Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, is a four-season resort set in the White Mountain National Forest, just 2 hours north of Boston.  In addition to winter snowsports like skiing and snowboarding, Waterville Valley offers award-winning tennis courts, golf, biking, cultural activities and summer theater, an indoor ice rink, boating, and a skate and bike park. Lodging choices include traditional inns and all-suite hotels, and dining options range from traditional favorites to elegant eateries. There are miles of hiking and mountain bike trails, a pond for swimming, and activities and programs for children and the whole family at the Curious George Cottage and the Recreation Center. For more information call 800-468-2553 or visit


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