Route: RanBar Traverse (NH)

Submitted by mattcarbone on Sat, 04/29/2023 - 03:02pm
New Hampshire, US
24 mi
Vertical Gain
8,000 ft

The RanBar (Randolph to Bartlett, NH) Traverse rolls through the northern Presidential Range and continues on through the Dry River Wilderness via Davis Path, Mt Parker Trail, and Mt Langdon Trail. Unlike the Presidential Traverse it does not go to all the peaks but is a very scenic path. This route uses Airline Trail, Short Line Trail, slides to King Ravine Trail, then Great Gully Trail, to Gulfside Trail, then Westside Trail, shortly on Crawford Path shifting to Davis Path (it would be ok to use Davis after Westside), then goes to Mt Parker Trail, and lastly Mt Langdon Trail. Overall, it offers a different experience and feeling.

It is a challenging route that offers amazing views and a wide variety of terrain. Going SoBo, you'll move through jagged terrain, skirting the northern presi peaks. As you continue down Davis Path and beyond, you'll drop into a wilderness forest with rolling elevation changes. The amount of traffic in the south is significantly less and has a remote feeling.

The route has been run by Andrew Drummond and Ryan Gibbs in 7:59:10 according to this Strava. Also documented in a video.


Related routes:

Presidential Traverse and Washington to Winnipeesaukee

GPS Track


I believe the current overall FKT for the RanBar is held by Hilary McCloy with an elapsed time of 6:45:44. Strava

Andrew also ran a modified version of the RanBar (which included Mt Washington as part of his 100 day Washington streak) in 2023 in a slightly faster time (7:39:28) than the original effort: Strava

Larsen has also done the modified Mt Washington variant in the winter in 9:00:49: Strava