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
Hiked with AMC group of 8 people. Entire trip took 4 hours and 15 minutes. Started to pour just below the summit while still on the rocks. There were also lightning warnings issued at the summit. Therefore I decided to pay the $24 and take the hikers shuttle down. While there was nothing to see at the summit, I felt a great sence of accomplishment as this was my first major peak bagged. I also enjoyed a hot dog and cold drink at the summit cafeteria.
Fresh out of school my buddy George and I decided to hitchhike to NH. We Spent some time bashing through the woods around Franconia Notch and then on our way home decided to swing up to the presidentials. We got a ride to the Cog RR and hiked up from there without maps or any idea of trails. We just kept going up. We reached the top in the fog and we thought we had wasted a morning until the wind started to blow. The sun came out and we had the most spectacular weather and views. Idiots luck I guess.
It was a balmy -4 degrees at the summit with 40 MPH winds. My teeth are still chattering.
Believe it or not, the "civiliation" atop Washington is both a welcome and startling sight as part of the Presidential Traverse. Massive summit. You'll appreciate the restrooms, chocolate chip cookies, and chili. You'll appreciate, even more, the remainder of the less-congested Range.
Awesome day for a hike. The rocks on the ravine were dry as a bone (except for a tiny trickle at the slab above the fan). Saw three rock climbers to the left of the slab going vertical. Above the headwall there was almost no wind. At the summit, the place was loaded with tourists. The trail down (Tuckerman Ravine trail on the way to Lion's Head) was very crowded. Fewer people on the Lion's head trail, but still busy. Just a little bit of snow is left on Tucks headwall.....Stopped for post hike food at the new Red Fox on Rt16...tried the wood oven baked pizza...my opinion is to skip the place and get a Flatbread pizza instead.
Gulfside trail as part of a presidential traverse. Driving winds covered everything with frost/ice. Made the rocks real slippery.
I had been wanting to climb Mt. Washington via Huntington Ravine for a couple of years. I finally got my chance when my friend Robert agreed to go with me. We left his house at 3am in the morning in order to get to the trailhead at 8am. Hunting Ravine was as spectacular as I had heard that it was. The boulder field below actually seemed to be the toughest part. While there was more exposure higher up, the slabs were easier. Once we reached the top of Huntington Ravine, we were hiking on the tableland above treeline for about a mile til we reached the tourist-infested summit. Once at the summit, we began descending the Tuckerman’s Ravine Trail. This hike ties for my 2nd best ever! (#1=Katahdin)
Here is Robert and I hiking the so-called "crux" of Hunting Ravine. There was a section much further up that I considered more difficult but overall the route was not that difficult.
We moved a little slow and didn't top out Pinnacle with enough time to hit the summit. Other wise, a great climb on a very fat Pinnacle - 3 full pitches including the last little ice wall exiting the gulley on the climbers right.
Pat, Steve, Scott and Darryl came back in 2003 after not making the summit in 2002 due to weather. Had a perfect day with 50 mile views! Not too many people around for a Friday.
Another gumby classic. Drove there without a clue, bought a map there and spent the night at the Hermit hut area. Then carried all that overnight gear (why?) up to the top with some cool snow/wind swept ice on the structures up there. Got passed by everyone and their brother wondering who the fool with the heavy pack was. It was nice to buy some candy from the hut keeper... what a luxury.
Finally arrived at the famous Mt. Washington. Clouds came in during the short ascent from the hut and I couldn't see anything from the summit, however, they blew in and out while I was up there so I did get to see some spectacular views. A few phone calls from the visitor center and I coordinated an indistinct webcam picture.
The weather could not have been better for my first summit!
I climbed with the Ohio State University Mountaineers Club over President's day weekend. It was crowded, but definatly worth it. Left camp at about 8 am and summited under a clear blue sky around noon. Winds were about 45 mph, but not as daunting as I thought they'd be.