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Mt. Washington permit?

Postby duzer » Thu Mar 28, 2013 3:52 am

I am going up for the Highpointer convention and want to also summit Mt. Washingon. I have a couple questions for you alpinists:

1. Is a hiking permit of any kind required to summit Mt. Washingon?
2. What trail is the best for a day hike? I'm 70 and just want to summit via the easiest trail that is doable doing a day hike.
We will be hiking in July.
I read another thread and they talked about 60 mph winds. We have winds in Texas, but usually not that bad. The only places I got high winds was on a few Colorado 14'ers .

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Re: Mt. Washington permit?

Postby divnamite » Thu Mar 28, 2013 3:04 pm

1. You don't need a permit.
2. I think Tuckerman Ravine trail is the easiest (8 miles round trip???).

60mph wind is usually in the winter. Summer time, you should be OK, but be mindful of the weather.
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Re: Mt. Washington permit?

Postby nartreb » Thu Mar 28, 2013 6:39 pm

1. No permit, no fees, unless you're taking the road to the summit or riding the cog railway. Parking is free.

2. Tuckerman Ravine is a classic trail, and perhaps the shortest, but not my favorite: it's a long slog into the ravine, then a steep hike up the headwall. Likely to be very crowded, and tough on the knees going down. Consider the Ammonoosuc Ravine trail (from the west side) instead: steady climbing with some nice waterfalls along the way, great in summer heat.

3. Summit wind speed chart: http://www.davidalbeck.com/hiking/worstweather.html See figure 1.
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Re: Mt. Washington permit?

Postby aglane » Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:07 am

nartreb wrote:2. Tuckerman Ravine is a classic trail, and perhaps the shortest, but not my favorite: it's a long slog into the ravine, then a steep hike up the headwall. Likely to be very crowded, and tough on the knees going down. Consider the Ammonoosuc Ravine trail (from the west side) instead: steady climbing with some nice waterfalls along the way, great in summer heat.

3. Summit wind speed chart: http://www.davidalbeck.com/hiking/worstweather.html See figure 1.


Agreed re the Tuckerman choice: in perfect weather it can be spectacular, but so too alternatives without the crowds. A favorite of mine if staying at Pinkham Notch/Joe Dodge Lodge/Porky Gulch is to go up the Glen Boulder trail, scoot over to summit one way or another, and come down Lion's Head. If you're a happy scrambler. consider up Huntington and down Lion's Head or Tuckerman.
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