From the parking area at about 5,960', walk south across the road just west of the cattle guard. There is also a barbed-wire fence here. You will immediately pick up an unmarked "trail" that is in surprisingly good condition. This trail essentially leads all the way to the top. Start hiking south up the trail on the north slopes of a 7,000' point
. The trail goes around to the west side of the point, where you will reach a ridgeline at a 6,625' saddle. A barbed wire fence is here. Turn right on the trail, and follow the ridgeline and fence as it bends around to the southeast. You'll see Mount Washington
for the first time here. This ridge goes up-and-down the entire way to Mount Washington. You will first reach Point 6,847'. You will then have to drop down 50' or so, then climb up to Point 7,211'
, locally known as "Veteran's Peak". There is a radio tower on top of Point 7,211'. You will then have to drop down again to a saddle at 6,750' just north of Mount Washington. Once at the saddle, make the final push to the forested summit, where there are no views.
Hiking Distance: 10 miles round trip.
Elevation Gain: 3,000'.