With very poor weather looming over the mountain, I chose to drive up the Auto Toll Road to the summit parking lot. What I did not expect, however, was the drastically different conditions at the top. There was thick fog and the air temperature had lowered six degrees (from 39 to 33) in only 15 minutes. Most of all, the wind was increasing, reaching near-hurricane force when I ventured solo to the summit. Everyone thought I was crazy, but I did not come all that way to stop at the summit gift shop and I did not want to wait there as the conditions continued to worsen. I found myself going between the Tip Top House entrance (for a tiny brief wind shelter) and the summit multiple times until I finally was able to get a usable summit photo. The wind was knocking me down, repeatedly, and my fingers were nearly freezing. This was my 46th State Highpoint.
Rain kept us off the mountain for most of the morning. We started up the Tuckerman Ravine Trail around 11, intending to meet friends at the top who were taking the Auto Road. Bad news - the rain closed the gravel portion of the Auto Road, so after attaining the summit we had to hike an additional four miles down the road in the waning afternoon to finally meet them (they never did make it to the summit).
The ravines and the upper mountain are amazing. The summit was kind of deflating. At least they had hot dogs.
Did the winter route up lions head on leap day, wind was near non existent until the top where there were maybe a 10-15mph wind.
One of the most intense hikes I've done in my life. Huntington is by far the hardest trails I've ever done, as it is both physically grueling and mentally intimidating. There were many times when I didn't know if I would make it up certain climbs, especially since a lot of the ones I did were off to the side of the trail. But with sheer will and determination, I made it, and lived to tell the tale. Views were non-existent on the summit, but on the way down Tuckerman, we had a few good ones. Do not do Huntington unless you have had some experience climbing.
This is the mountain that started my obsession. I took Tuckerman's up and Lion's Head down. We stayed overnight at Hermit Lake.
Above the treeline in late August, there are lowbush blueberries all in the rocks and at the peak of ripeness. That gift from the mountain kept me going when I started getting tired.
went up ammonoosuc side on 9/26/10, tuckermans 9/11/2011. both are beautiful trails, lots of waterfalls. totally socked in in 2010, great scenery along the trail despite no view from the top. next time, huntingtons!
I'd been up by car twice, but this was my first time hiking it. Went with a group of friends on a beautiful day. Only a slight drizzle on the way down.
Weather was better than average with bands of flurries and rain mixing with fog and bright sunshine. Visibility was excellent on occasion. Bill Welty was my companion on the way down. Two hours and twenty five minutes up from the Pinkham Notch visitor center to the summit via the Lions Head trail. Still plenty of snow in Tuckermans.
Beautiful day to be on Mt. Washington
visibility was poor on summit. took a while even to find the visitor centor on top.
This bit of fun planted a climbing seed where only backpacking had grown. It's more of a long hike though.
We had a beautiful day on the mountain, started climbing at 7:30am and it was -3 at Pinkham Notch. When we got to the summit the wind was blowing 40-50mph with a wind chill around -30 bellow. But we had crystal clear skies and great views.
Warm weather and low winds made for an unusual January day on the Lion Head winter route.
This climb was not for the weak. Winds were gusting over 100mph and there were full white out conditions. We were the first of the day to reach the summit and not sure if anyone else made it up that day. Most climbers turned back at the crest of loins head due to the snow and wind conditions.
Hit on a traverse of the Presidentials, north to south. HP #2!
Went up Tuckerman's on New Years day. Was hoping to do an ice climb, but ended up being the warmest New Years Days on record! Was still windy and cold and "rimey" at the summit though.
Been up 3 - 4 times, Great Gulf, Tuckerman's, and a Presidential traverse or two, also!
VERY happy memories...
Via O'dells. TR @ http://www.summitpost.org/mixed-technical-assent-via-odell-s/770305
Because of heavy winds and bad visibility was forced to turn around!