Just adding my name to the list. Fun route, but odd to run into a parking lot at the top. It's not like I didn't know it was there, but odd.
Started at 5:30 AM from parking area. Climbed with my 16 year old son Ryan. Had a great hike through the forest and along the Ammonoosuc River up to the Lake of the Clouds hut. Met some other hikers who had been on the Appalacian Trail for weeks. Reached the summit and stayed on top about an hour. Came down a different route on the Jewell Trail. Very hot and no wind! Unusual. Fun climb after having done Mount Mansfield in Vermont the day before. HP #3.
Unplanned late summer ascent....determination and a lot of spirit took me to the top. Had quite a descent though via the Auto Road as the trail became overtaken by heavy fog and winds....
Was with my wife who found it difficult. As for myself, it was a nice hike. We slept at the Lake of the Clouds hut and then summited the next morning.
Sun was 100 %. Trails were in good condition, the snow was some what packed. No postholing. One scetchy move crossing the river. With a pole, the crossing is not a concern, counter-balance works wonders.
Several blow-downs on Hunington. The talus field was covered in snow and (fan) was stable as was snow in Central gully. A very fun snow climb.
Topped out, descended via Escape hatch and back the way I came up.
My first mountain...didn't know what I was doing, but carried plenty of clothing, food, and water. 70 dgrees when we started and about 20 degrees on top. I guess since my first mountain was so crowded, I've never been suprised by the numbers on Colorado 14ers. Great to take advantage of ammenities....bought a hamburger in the snack bar at the top! That made topping out in a parking lot not so bad.
The Boott Spur was the kind of trail I love; narrow through the forest and amazing views above treeline. This was a fantastic climb up for me... Tim and I spent an hour at the top - but the clouds didn't break for us. The ravine was great to climb down as well. Overall, one of my favourite mountains yet.
Climbed mt. Washington many times over the years. Not sure which trail is my favorite, but I've been up Glen Boulder, Tucks Headwall, Lions Head, Huntingon Ravine Trail, Crawford Path, Gulf Side, Amonosuc Ravine Trail and the jewel trail. I think my favorite is the Glen Boulder because it is less traveled and has amazing views into Tuckerman Ravine. My favorite day on Washington was this year though when we climbed Damnation Gully in Huntington Ravine, Wait Until Dark Gully in The Great Gulf and the Tuckerman Ravine headwall in Tucks in 9 hours. What a great time!
8 peaks - we missed the last one on accident - in 19.8 miles. I slept REALLY well that night!
Positively loved this mountain, it gives me a whole new respect for the eastern peaks. I imagine there are many peaks out west (that are considerably higher) that would pale in compariosn next next to this. Great day, great peak, glad we took the spur.
Climbed this mountain around 25 times in all kinds of weather and never get sick of it.
a perfect way to combine hiking with climbing. The five or so pitches of alpine granite, though mostly very easy, are a nice break from the relentless foot plodding that the ascent of the mountain otherwise requires.
Day 4 of Franconia to Pinkham. Thrid time on the summit. Clouds broke great views. what a treat, coke and flush toilets. We got the news of the Katrina catastrophe from the rangers here. Spend a comfortable hour before heading out to the Gulfside Trail en route to the Madison Hut.
Reached the summit around 1 pm, after leaving the Nauman Tentsite around 9:15, going over Pierce, over Eisenhower, and around Monroe.
Views today were beautiful, and the crowds on the summit were plentiful. It is always nice though to pound down a cold diet coke, and no trip to Washington is complete with at least a bite of a Whoopie Muffin.
The hike from the Lake of the Clouds Hut up Washington is no joke, we were gassed.
While hiking the AMC for a week, heading South.
Had to turn back to guide down one of our party members who's face mask holes froze up. Pretty serious cold for such a small mountain, come prepared.
Nothing technical was required beyond ice axe and crampons.
First real mountain, had some slight difficulty but was so happy when I made it to the top. I felt down Tuck was OK, a little steep. Had a great time over all, I just wish they built an escalator instead of the stairs at the top of the mountain. Were those hard to get up or what?
Hiked this on a school trip. It was very cloudy and cold at the top - fitting for a mountain famous for bad weather!
fun mountain - much better in the winter -