Lion Head is the very distinctive peak on the eastern flank of Mount Washington. It stands as a landmark between the two most well known glacial cirques on the mountain: Tuckerman Ravine and Huntington Ravine. The view of Lion Head from the bottom of Tuckerman Ravine is quite impressive, and it dominates the sky above the Hermit Lake area.
Two prominent trails ascend Mount Washington at Lion Head. The Tuckerman Ravine Trail, which routes below Lion Head, is the most popular way up the mountain, and so most people who travel it get their first views of Lion Head while moving through this area; especially at the Hermit Lake shelters. The Lion Head Trail itself traverses up the steep slopes just
before reaching the bowl of Tuckerman Ravine and ascends very steeply up Lion Head itself. The Lion Head Trail is the most popular route to the summit of Mount Washington during winter months. It’s also the safest route to the top of Washington when the ground is icy and the weather is dicey.
Most people access Lion Head via the system of trails that begin at the Pinkham Notch Visitors Center at Joe Dodge Lodge. A great number of routes and loops can be made from this trailhead.
Joe Dodge Lodge
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