Mount Cube


Mount Cube is a magnificent mountain in the southern White Mountains that is part of the Appalachian Trail. It’s best accessed for a day trip from the north on the Appalachian Trail, heading south. Mount Cube is a difficult hike to climb. The trail is 6.8 miles long with a gain of 2,162 feet in elevation.

At the 2909’ summit are wide areas of pretty ledges made of quartzite. Views of southern New Hampshire and eastern Vermont can be seen from these vast ledges. In the flat sections of Vermont, several tiny hills and villages can be seen, whereas mountains dominate the view in New Hampshire. Mt. Cardigan, Mt. Kearsarge, and Croydon Peak are visible in the distance, but the enormous wooded ridge of neighboring Smarts Mountain is the most prominent feature.


  • Type: Summit
  • Elevation: 2,909 ft
  • Prominence: 20 ft
  • Parent mountain: Mount Cube

Hiking Info

  • Easiest trail: Mount Cube via the Appalachian Trail
  • Trail distance: 6.8 miles (out and back)
  • Trail difficulty: Moderate
  • Trail popularity: Low
  • Elevation gain: 2,162 ft
  • Estimated hike time: 4.5 hours


  • Address: Mount Cube
  • Town: Orford
  • State: New Hampshire
  • GPS: Lat 43.88565 Lng -72.02345
  • Parking notes: The is plenty of roadside parking along NH-25A at the trailhead. The parking area is very lowkey, so be sure to check out the parking directions.
  • Parking directions: HERE
  • Location directions: HERE


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