Recs on Mt Washington base camping?

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Recs on Mt Washington base camping?

by emparader » Fri Jun 07, 2013 9:37 pm

Hi all!

I'd like spend two/three nights out near Mt Washington at a single base camp. Is it possible to set up a base camp, hike Mt Washington and some surrounding ranges from that camp? Any recommendations on camp sites that are within range of summitting Washington, but convenient for other Mts/Ranges as well?

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Re: Recs on Mt Washington base camping?

by nartreb » Wed Jun 19, 2013 5:15 pm

There are a number of roadside campgrounds - Dolly Copp is perhaps the closest to Mt Washington. See ... chapter_21

For relative peace and quiet, hike into the Great Gulf and camp there. You'll have access to Mt Washington and the northern Presis via some of the steeper and more spectacular trails in the East.

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Re: Recs on Mt Washington base camping?

by kozman18 » Thu Jun 20, 2013 12:39 am

Ditto on the Great Gulf. Or, hike up to one of the RMC huts and set up there. You can easily hike combinations of Madison, Adams, Jefferson and, on a long day, Washington from Crag Camp or Gray Knob. And, you don't lose all the elevation returning to base.

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Re: Recs on Mt Washington base camping?

by BDVince » Wed Jun 26, 2013 8:46 pm

I would say setting up camp in the Great Gulf would be your best bet as it is a central location for the Presidential Range. You can easily hit the Northern Presis one day and Washington the next without having to trek very far. There are at least 5 different established campsites along the Great Gulf Trail ranging from about 2,200 to 3,500 feet.

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Re: Recs on Mt Washington base camping?

by Bark Eater » Thu Jun 27, 2013 12:02 pm

+1 for the Great Gulf. Spectacular. We once did a winter trip and camped in there.

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Re: Recs on Mt Washington base camping?

by Seven Hills » Mon Jul 01, 2013 11:14 pm

..add another for the gulf :D

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