I was planning to get up and down this one fast enough to also get Mt. Mansfield in Vermont the same day, but I lingered and enjoyed more time on the summit than I had originally planned because the weather was clear and the cool summit air was a welcome respite from warm valley temperatures below. So Mt. Mansfield had to wait until the following day.
Hit the trail by 7:10 AM and got on Tuckerman Ravine Trail, took it up till it intersect with Lion's head then got on Lion's head and took it all the way to the parking lot then to the summit. Despite being the best day in a week, it was cloudy most of the time blocking the views to the surrounding ridges and the wind was constantly blowing in excess of 60 mph at a thousand feet lower or more from the summit and all the way to the top. Forest Service folks confirmed the wind speed for us. Took the shuttle down to the visitor center. Great trip and a tough mountain for its height but nonetheless I bagged this puppy. :)
After a rough couple of days of weather before this, this day turned out to be perfect and clear. Some snow an ice but micro spikes were enough. It was a great, albeit mentally grueling, climb! I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
Good hike with decent weather (75F at base, 35 at summit). Stated at 1000, summitted at 1210.
Summited with LDS youth/scout group in a traverse starting at Washington and ending at Jackson. Extremely fun.
Great time up tucks to lake of clouds three to summit next day
Climbed this as an Atmospheric Scientist, interested in all the research on top, air quality of New Hampshire, and of course, to see how fast the wind was. Well, after a lush beginning on Boott Jack, hiking up conifer to stunted kremmholz I could get an idea for how fast the wind really does go. The constant cairns along the ridge indicated that it can be a safe place even in Winter if you are prepared. My climb was uneventful, with 40 mph wind on the ridge. Next day, Summited again via Huntington Route and it was much quieter. Saw the Harvard Cabin. And the "No Crampons on Porch" sign at Joe Dodge Lodge is precious!
Second time on summitting Mt. Washington.
Low visibility on the summit itself, but really nice views on the way down.
I'd planned to climb Washington on the 14th, but I waited a day for better weather--definitely the right choice. Despite its reputation, even Mt. Washington has its pleasant days, and this was one of them. The sun was out and melting the last of the snowpack as I ascended Tuckerman's Ravine. Aside from a few stray gusts, the winds stayed low all the way to the summit. The top was fogged-in and crowded, but the clouds faded out just a few hundred feet downhill, and the valley unfolded before me all the way down the Lion's Head trail. The going was steep, but the views were worth it!
Hiked this with my wife and what seemed like 300 other people on a busy Saturday.
Presidential Traverse in a day. Amazing hike.
Ran to the summit of Mt. Washington via Tuckerman Ravine Trail from Pinkham Notch. Continued running on Gulfside Trail over Mt. Clay-Mt. Jefferson -Mt. Adams and finally to Mt. Madison. Returned back to Pinkham Notch via Osgood and Madison Gulf Trails and Old Jackson Rd. Total distance: 18.5 miles, total time: 7h35m.
Clearest sky I've seen.... almost had heat stroke!! Amazing climb... but beware... it may awaken the alpinist beast in you.
This summit was for me the beginning of more ascent to come.
A great hike, but longer than expected. Get started as early as possible!
Hurricane Nicole was still unleashing her fury as I approached Mt. Washington. I arrived too late for hiking to the summit so I 'cheated' and rode the Mt. Washington Cog Railway to the highest parcel of real estate in New Hampshire. *hanging my head in shame*
Beautiful at Pinkham Notch. Raining hard with 80mph gusts on top of Tuckerman Ravine. Saw a few kids in cotton hoodies. Dress for success, folks.
I did Washington along with Monroe and Clay.
This was my first "big mountain" experience as a young guy from Pennsylvania. My buddy and I spent a week here back in 2009 and it was an experience that I'll never, ever forget.
We left work at 12 am on a Saturday, and drove the 8 hours straight to the trailhead from Northeastern Pennsylvania. The fog along the highway in New Hampshire was rather wicked and we had both been up for approximately 24 hours already. I'll never forget looking at the "moose crossing" signs and thinking that, if a moose were to cross the road, I'd never see it and my little Subaru WRX would be totaled... Good stuff!
We got to the trailhead, and it was a beautiful fall day with temperatures in the low 70's and plenty of sunshine shining. Despite our exhausted state, we began to rocket up the trail from Pinkham Notch with the goal of getting to our camp at Hermit Lake Shelter. We started with a bang, passing numerous groups initially; however, our fatigued state began to get the better of us, and soon enough, those same groups were re-passing us, as we caught our breath on the side of the trail... Embarrassing!!
After arriving at the shelter, we found that the attendant was not there, which meant we had to wait around for our permit. Because it was rather cold and windy, we decided to drop the bulk of our stuff and continue on up the Tuckerman Ravine Trail to the summit. Screw patience!!
As we got higher on the mountain, the beautiful weather we experienced at the trailhead had completely disappeared. We were now ascending Mount Washington in near winter conditions, with most of our gear back at the shelter. To add to it, we both had been up for over 24 hours at this point and were hallucinating... I felt like I was on Everest or something as the snow came down on us while we gasped for breath and struggled to make progress up the hill.
Slowly but surely, we made our way up the trail, and eventually topped out. It had been a strange (but awesome) trip to the top of the Northeastern United States all the way from Pennsylvania, and it only got more strange when we decided to head out of the snowy weather and into the visitor center for junk food. Exhausted and delirious, we sat and stared at each other as we crammed down donuts and hot dogs, knowing we still had to trek back to camp and set up.
Since that day, I have ascended Mount Washington numerous times from about every way conceivable (Huntington Ravine still stands as one of my favorite scrambles). However, nothing will ever compare to that first ascent via Tuckerman Ravine. To a couple of guys who had only done their hiking in Pennsylvania, that mountain seemed like a giant and that day was as epic as it could get.
Ever since then, I have been hooked to getting outside and spending as much time as possible in the mountains. It really was the trip that changed my life, and the White Mountains of New Hampshire will always be special to me. I look forward to returning one day soon.
Did this as a long day trip by hiking up Edmands path. Couldn't have asked for a more perfect day for hiking! Didn't stay too long though because of the crowds.
I am considering hiking Mt Wash alone in October. 65 and in good shape. Do I need a guide or are trails well marked. Are other hikers around on a Saturday? Cell phones work in case of emergency? Guides want $300 for a day. I appreciate their skill but do I NEED a guide?