I've been on the mountain in every month of the year, from sunny and warm conditions with no wind, to blizzard conditions at night, to 100 mph winds and clear skies, and night hikes in the winter under the stars. I think I can honestly say there is no other "small" mountain in the world that offers the same conditions of Mt. Washington. You can get the same weather as the Himalayas at 6,288 feet, and you don't get altitude sickness or raped on the ridiculous expedition costs. Plus, it's only a 4 hour drive from my house, which works well :). My brother and I are planning a Denali expedition, and minus the altitude and air temps (after all, unless you go to Antarctica, simulating the air temps at Denali is rather difficult....the coldest Mt. Washington will typically get to is "only" -20 or -30 degrees F.), there is no better way to prepare for the weather than Mt. Washington. You can get 120 mph winds, whiteout blizzard conditions, mind-numbing temps, and the summit is only a little over 4 miles from the road. Can't beat that with a stick.
very windy all day reached whiteout conditions by 11:00 am about an hour from the summit. the wind continued at a sustaind blow of 60mph with gust reaching in excess of 100mph. after reaching the summit and a few very quick pictures we headed down with the use of a compass. the visibility was less than 20ft and the trip took 9.5 hours
Some of my first climbing experiences were in and around that area. I used to dream about skiing tuckermanns but never got around to it.
I am a fairly novice Hiker ( Just a couple of small mountains in the Blue ridge and Catskills) I went up the Boott Spur to the summit this weekend and came down Lion Head. I t was by far the coolest Hike I've ever been on. I spent at least three to four hours above the treeline and the views were incredible.
Have done couple of winter solo climbs of Washington. Presidentials in winter is the best preparation I know for Alaska weather.
Celebrating my Stanford job offer... A nice alpine stroll in the middle of winter, we were blessed by great weathr and calm winds.... See Romain's Mount Washington Photos for some pictures.
Successful climb to the summit after an attempt last year in 70 mile an hour winds and torrential rain. Conditions were: foggy and windy as usual. No view from the summit. Hike down to Lakes of the Clouds and climb Monroe and back down to Pinkham's Notch via Boot Spur Trail.
I've been to this peak 5 times and the summit 3 times, during the spring, summer, and autumn. Both the spring and autumn visits were with snow in winter-like conditions. The first time I hiked up with Rob and Robyn in August and the area above the Tuckerman bowl was cloudy with 15 foot visibility. The second time was with Josh and I did a solo trip the third time. The latter two trips were with perfect weather and clear views from the summit. The other two times were a winter visit where I turned around at Hermit Lake due to weather and an early spring attempt on the Dodge's Drop route, also with Josh.
See more photos: April 25, 1999, December 20, 1998, and August 3, 1997.
Wonderful steep hike for crampon and ice axe practice!
Be prepared for bad weather & big wind!
I have been very lucky with the weather conditions over the years. Always enjoyable. Cheers
I spend a good part of my youth on Mount Washington and the other peaks in the White Mountains of New Hampshire -- a fantastic place.