Dec. 4, 2016 - Beautiful day on the summit. About 25 def F with light winds. Only a few clouds around Washington. Some ice on the rock face half way up. Used our ice walkers and had little issue. Little over 2 hours up, less time down. Only the dog was tired.
We made this hike on Nov 10th and while it may be rated moderate for the 20-40 group, for those of us in our 70s, it is more difficult than that.
After all it is an ascent of 2568' in 3 miles. And the fallen leaves made for some tricky conditions.
With that said, I'm glad we tackled this one. It was on the cool side, but we were dressed for it and we always take plenty of food and fluids.
The views of the Presidential and surrounding ranges were awesome.
White capped Mt. Washington looked spectacular.
3 hours up, half hour on the chilly, windy top, and 3 hours down.
I won't do any more long hikes after daylight savings ends. The days are too short...it was dark when we got back to the trail head.
Rating: Moderately Strenuous.
Well, we made it to the top, but it took us 3 1/2 hours. It was a beautiful clear October day so the views were fantastic. It took us almost two hours to descend, so the whole hike, including a half hour on the peak, took 6 hours. Plan accordingly! We brought water but no food, which was a mistake we won't repeat. We are inexperienced hikers who had never tackled a hike this high or this long before, so we really had to take our time going up with lots of short rests. We can certainly attest that this trail was much more strenuous that the Black Cap trail we did last year. It's rated as moderate, but from our perspective as amateur 60ish hikers it was much more difficult than we expected.
Great winter hike. Can be done with simple traction devices. Well travelled and packed down. Fire tower at the top gives a full 360 view of the whites and a great look at Mount Washington. Done it in summer too and it's good hike then as well.