There are trails for the brave, the bold and the beginners at Waterville Valley. Hikers have been exploring Waterville Valley since the 1800s, when a group of guests at the popular Greeley's Hotel here formed the Waterville Athletic and Improvement Association. The club took on the responsibility of caring for the valley's many trails, but its members also decided to put on shows, skits and other activities for the amusement of summer visitors.
The association still exists and continues to oversee Waterville Valley’s 100+ miles of trails, which range from easy walking paths to heart-thumping ascents. Visitors can opt for a post-dinner jaunt around Corcoran Pond at the center of town, or work up a sweat by climbing the 4,315-foot summit of Mount Osceola for stunning views of the entire valley. In fact, even 4,000-foot peaks rise over the valley floor. The truly adventurous may set out for the three peaks of Mount Tripyramid, the highest points in the valley.
Many visitors bring their mountain bikes to the valley, to explore the 30 miles of mountain trails where biking is allowed. Mountain bikes can also be rented in town. Some bikers will take the chair lift to the top of Snow's Mountain and ride their bikes down through the National Forest. Everything from meandering dirt fire roads to single-tracks are available.
The Adventure Center, located in the Town Square, provides well-maintained rental bikes for all levels of riders, and instructors to help newbies get started with the proper fit and suggestions on trails to explore.