We were lucky with the weather this time. The photo is actually from two years ago.
Over two days, staying at Lake of the Clouds hut, very rocky, steep, strenous, and exposed route, exceptional hike...
Was planning on hiking 6 Husbands then Jefferson to Clay to Washington, but a steady downpour prevented that. My brother and I headed up the Great Gulf River, er, Trail from the Bluff.
The first section was either muddy or was an actual brook, and every time we'd brush up against a tree you'd get soaked. Once we got to the treeline however this became a fun hike. The boulders were more challenging than probably normal because of the rain. Visibility was about zero, but it was quite a surreal experience to hear the cog train, then see it at the last second as it "flys" by.
Enjoy the meal at the summit. If you're hiking with my brother, make sure you get a bite of his whoopie cookie before he devours it in two huge bites.
I will NEVAH-EVAH go near that place again. I have nevah been so frightened in my whole life!!!
Tuckerman's was closed. We made it up Lions Head, but conditions were bad towards the top, and so was visibility, so we had to find our own way, straight up the rocks, with 75 MPH winds, and -4 degrees windchill.
They told us to go right to the shelter in the summit area, but I summited anyway.
First mountain summit.
This is a long climb for only being just over 6000' high! Spectacular scenery.
Magnificent day for a climb. Summit Conditions at 6:00 AM: 11 degrees, 40 mph winds, 110 miles visibility. Winds were non-existent early, even above tree line and around Lion Head. Not until above alpine gardens did winds pick up.
Bagged this peak many times via Jewell, Boott Spur, and as part of a traverse up the Jefferson's Caps Ridge, over Clay, Washington, Monroe, and down the Ammonusic Ravine. The worst part about that one is walking back up the road to the Caps trailhead. The most fun was on February 12, 1997, up and down Tuckerman's. Air temp in Pinkham notch was about 15F and the winds were pretty calm. Snow conditions were excellent for hiking, no snowshoes needed on the lower part of the mountain, thin crunchy rime and hoar up on the summit dome (no crampons needed). Fun!
This was my first trip to the White Mountains and definately won't be my last. I took the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail to the Lake of Clouds hut and then climbed Mount Monroe as well. Then I took the Crawford Path to the summit. The views were more than undescribable. It was a wonderful day for a hike and we had some fun on the scrambling sections. The winds were about 35mph avg. The temp. hung around 45 the entire day and it was beautiful. We descended via the Gulfside/Jewell Trail to see the Great Gulf and it was beautiful. I'll definately be making the trip again and I'd like to do the Northern peaks as well because we had bad weather the rest of our stay. It is a wonderful trip and the views are amazing.
1st Successful Winter Summit. Have been 3-4 times per winter since then. Last summit was November 16th, 2003. Clear and sunny, not typical late fall weather.
Unfortunately most of the snow had melted and conditions were pretty good. Some good wind gusts.
My first hike after 20 years. Became addicted. Started hiking Washington every month. Provided great training for western mountains.
My first of many climbs to the summit of Mt. Washington, this was my first real climb.
This is a great hike. Great elevation. The only negative point: There is too much people on the summit!
This is a great hike. It also has a great elevation gain for an eastern mountain (about 1300m). The only negative point to this mountain is the Auto Road (too much people on the summit with no effort).
Easy hike up via Lake in the Clouds Hut and on to the summit. Summit visibility zero, bunch of cars, trail crowded with kids, dogs , AT hikers, bleeding teens carrying canoes.
Multiple ascents in summer and fall in college; snow in August on multiple occasions (including my very first ascent- via the cog railway as a little kid!)
A Wonderful Walk, with the Autumn foliage in full color. A highly recommended time of year !!!!
Crowded on the bottom, cowded on the top - came across few in between.
Notorious weather was nowhere to be found. Sunny and felt like mid-50s at the top with a moderate breeze.
Came down Lion Head