Huntington Ravine Trail is a 5.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Randolph, NH that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from June until September.
Rock climbing when approaching the cliff. This is NOT an easy trail. Do not get confused. Only the first half of this trail is shown here.
Hiked this trail 14 years ago with my cousin and friends. From Long Island NY it was a 7 hour car ride to New Hampshire. Stayed in the penthouse suite of a nearby hotel and partied the night before the hike. While discussing the next day's hike our friend who was acting as guide told us that we were taking the Huntington Ravine Trail. He was swigging cough syrup with vodka so we all assumed the hike would be a cake walk. However we were warned by two local potheads who stopped by that HR was a death trap. Not quite but dam this was a difficult hike, more like rock climbing and certainly nothing we were expecting at the time. Nevertheless we started out the next morning after a hardy breakfast, arrived at the parking lot and started up a boring stretch of the Tuckerman Ravine Trail for about a mile until we took a right onto the HR trail and hiked for a mile or so up a peaceful woodland path, crossed a stream and were enjoying the great scenery. We quickly reached tree line and saw the headwall looming in the distance. The hike quickly turned into a rock climbing expedition. Very difficult. It was July and there were still some snow fields along the trial. We met a mountain climber coming down the trail who explained that this trail was technically the most difficult on the eastern seaboard and that European Alpine climbers often come here to practice their sport. We began questioning our decision to take this route but were resolved to sally forth. As far as I can remember it took us several hours to reach the Alpine trail beyond the headwall and up to the top of the mountain. There was little to no traffic on HR the day we were there. Strenuous and nerve-wracking, between the rock scrambling and the specter of a sudden change in weather, but exciting, adrenaline pumping. At the top of the mountain it is extremely windy, there is building with cafeteria, souvenir stand etc.. After 7 hours on the mountain we were exhausted and paid for a van to drive us down. That night we dined at a local steakhouse and felt good about the days experience. Looking back I'm reminded that it isn't the destination but the getting there that matters. Great memory. If you are in good shape and experienced then take Huntington Ravine trail up Mt. Washington and enjoy the rush.