Fun trail. Was a bit slippery after the alpine zone started. Top was great though. I'm fat and kind of in shape so "hard" sounds about right. I did have feelings of "I'm not sure I can make it" about a third of the way in but that may have been me working through the pitcher of beer and pizza from the night before. Overall a lot of fun
Very pretty hike. Tons of waterfalls. Took 5 hrs to the top. Rode the cogway down, which was $50 one way. Not worth that price unless you are really tired.. As others have mentioned, this is a stairmaster of a hike. The middle 0.8 miles is 35%. Don't kid yourself, it's just short of rock climb. I wouldn't call it dangerous unless you don't check the forecast or are in bad shape. I'm 6'0" and 250lb and did fine. But my legs are strong.
This was my first hike up to mt. Washington summit. Was w a friend who has done it about 6 times . Took us 4.5 hours up. A lot tougher than I thought. Be prepared w layers of clothing rain gear hat gloves, and an extra shirt to change into at summit, Due to the sweat. 80% of the time the trail was a stairway of damp slippery rocks. The trail was a little tricky after the hut. When you are in the back of the hut go to the left follow the markers than to the cairns to the summit . We took the cog down which was worth every bit of $48.
This is another one of those must do hikes. Incredible views, tough in spots, and lots of variation in terrain. Ammonoosuc trail is lots of water and smooth ledge. Up to the summit is loose boulders, on the way down lots of scrambling and rock, and then ends with a nice quiet forest setting. I am doing this same route with another group of friends next week, and cannot wait. That is how good it was. we had perfect weather, but so did the other thousand people that were on the mountain. A midweek hike would be best for those that like to be alone. The hut also closes this weekend, so bring enough food and water to make it to the summit.