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Fantastic loop trail. The Jewell Trail up is about as easy as it gets up there. The Ammonoosuc is rocky and slow so budget plenty of time for getting down.

a moderate hike. steady incline with roots and rocks. nothing technical or tricky. one small rock traverse on the Edmunds side after the warning sign.

Sentier rocailleux sur presque toute sa longueur, finale pas mal à pic. dommage qu'on ait aucune vue avant l'arrivée au sommet, il faut de la motivation car ce n'est pas avec les points de vue de la montée qu'on y trouve notre compte, mais la vue au sommet est incroyable. Attention à la descente, abrupte et surtout hasardeuse sur les pierres instables et parfois mouillées.

Great hike. If you bring the dog make sure the dog is tough. The views are awesome.

My boys (ages 9 and 11) and I hiked this trail on 8/25, and had great weather. We actually parked in the Cog Railway parking lot (just in case we needed to take the Cog back down). Hiked Ammonoosuc Ravine up to the summit, and Jewell back down. I usually carry too much water, but this time, I anticipated being able to refill at the Lake in the Clouds hut and at the summit. The Ammonoosuc Ravine is as steep as everyone says - a tough climb to the hut. But, from the hut to the summit isn't too bad. The Jewell trail is much more gradual, and spectacularly scenic until you're back below the treeline. Took us about 10 hours roundtrip, including about 45 minutes at the top. As everyone mentioned - it is a little disappointing how crowded the summit is. Waiting 20 minutes in line to take a photo with the sign is pretty painful. But, the trail up and down, plus the views, plus the sense of accomplishment, still make this a spectacular hike. Strongly recommended.

Incredible views along the ridge.

I hiked this trail on Saturday, 8/25 and had great weather. I parked my car in the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trailhead parking lot and ascended Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail to Lakes of the Clouds Hut for a quick bathroom/snack break. Then I went up Crawford Path to summit Mount Washington. I hung around at the summit for the obligatory picture with the summit sign and moved on. Then, going down, I took the Gulf Side Trail to Jewell Trail, ate a quick lunch with the presidents, and completed the descent down Jewell to the parking lot.

Altogether, it took me about 6 hours. I don’t know that the trail length on this post is correct. It seems longer than it truly is, but I would say it’s definitely longer than 9.5 mi and less than 11 mi. A friend’s gps told her it was closer to 10mi. Nonetheless, it was a great hike with good physical challenge. I saw a lot of children on the trail, along with dogs (some leashed, some not).

Ammonoosuc Ravine has awesome views of streams and waterfalls but was definitely a tough ascent at times. Jewell Trail on the way down was tough due to all the rocks but once you were below tree line it became easier.

I gave this hike 4 stars because the summit was disappointing with the buildings blocking views and the congregation of people that drove their vehicles, and took other means besides hiking to the top. Especially if you want a picture with the summit sign, you have to wait in line with the non-hikers, which doesn’t seem fair haha.

There is nothing wrong with the trail itself...I’m giving one star because the description makes this trail look totally doable in one day. You MUST be a very seasoned hiker and start early to attempt this in one day. I met a guy on the way up who is doing all 48 in one year (Hi Adam and Otto) and even he thought this was crazy. I only made it to Adams and still found this my most challenging hike by far. It makes Mt. Washington feel like Monadonock

If you love waterfall then you will be in waterfalls heaven hiking Ammonoosuc trail. It has so many beautiful waterfalls high up along the trail, all the way up to lakes of the clouds hut that makes this trail unique and special. Don't wait for clear day - the rain and fog will make the waterfalls along the trail even more beautiful. It's similar to the Falling waterfalls trail to Mt. Lafayette, but even more beautiful. We descended down via Jewell trail. There is one small section of the Jewell trail that is all rock near the Gulfside trail that isn't well marked. We met a group of hikers who lost the trail there as they couldn't see far down due to heavy fog. Fortunately I had AllTrails to help guide them back on trail. If you are unsure when you get down to this section just hike down and veer a bit to the left and it will take you back on trail again. Most of Jewell trail is flat until you get to the Gulfside trail which makes descending a lot less demanding on your knees.

Great trail! We followed this down Mt Washington after doing Amoonusec up. It was not easy but much better than the rocks on the other side. It was a clear day so we got great views of the Gulf and the Cog Railroad. It is extremely exposed (more than halfway) so if there is bad weather like lightning or strong wind, I would avoid it. It wasn't well marked on the trail but there were plenty of people to follow. We followed the signs right back to the Amoonusec parking lot.

Hiked on a rainy day. Not too bad. The rocks were slippery but it’s totally doable. In the beginning it’s windless in the thick woods and very humid, which made us very uncomfortable. It got better as we went higher. After we broke the tree-line, we found ourselves in very thick fog, the visibility dropped to 100 ft or even less at some point, plus it’s very windy and very cold around the sign! The wind blowed cold rain to my face. Thank god there are some stone-made shelters on the top. I can imagine how dangerous it could be if you get wet and exposed for more than half an hour.

1 month ago

Climbed Mt Washington via Jewell trail back and forth. Weather was not terrible, it did get cold at the summit from 80 at the base to 45 F at the summit. But it was August. So do bring warm gear. We were prepared for the hard hike, so didn’t come unexpected. Views are breathtaking. It’s actually 5 miles from Ammonoosuc Ravine trailhead to the summit of Mt Washington one-way. The trail is poorly marked once above tree line on the boulders area with only cairns to guide you. We were lucky there were plenty of people on the trial just to see where we need to be. Otherwise, hard to follow the trail in that area. There are blue marks on the rocks in some places, but don’t use them as your orienteer. Views are breathtaking, well worth it. Alpine area was very exposed but breathtaking.
Be mindful that there is another entrance to this trail just past Cog Railway station, but there is no bridge. And you wouldn’t want to get you feet wet before strenuous hike ahead. We wasted an hour looking for a head trail and inquiring,until we headed back to Ammonoosuc Ravine trailhead. To get into Cog Railway parking is $10, so if you at that point- you need to turn around and drive down about 0.4 miles on 302 until you see parking for Ammonoosuc Ravine on the left. Fee is $5, come early- small lot.

Hit Pierce on the way to Eisenhower. Trail is well maintained and a steady incline. Incredible views once you get to the alpine zone. think the mileage is off, we recorded around 10 miles round trip back to and from the Mt. Clinton parking lot.

Omg the views are gorgeous but this trail is very hard. I’m never doing this trail again. Loved it but hated it

Hiked up Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail and then down Jewel Trail. The combination of these is perfect. Ammonoosuc is definitely difficult including crossing 2 waterfalls and a constant rock scrabble to the tree line and beyond then from Lake of the Clouds to the summit it is just a killer stair master climb. Jewel coming down is no picnic as it has its own rock scrabbles but no water so it’s less treacherous. I know they say you can take dogs but being a dog lover I think the rocks on these trails will tear most dogs pads to shreds. The views once beyond the trees are spectacular. Bring something warm for the summit, we started at 80 degrees but the summit was 54 plus 25-30 mph winds.

This was as difficult a hike as I have done in a while. Airline is much more steep and straight than Valley Way. Packs were lighter because we were staying at Madison Hut; lucky us. This hike was totally worth it though. The views once you get to Durand Ridge were phenomenal! If you want a challenge, go Airline on the way up.

1 month ago

First hike of the season, sadly we didn't get any views as we were in the clouds when we got to the summit. We tucked down in the old fire tower remains but it was very cold and no clarity in sight. Cut our losses and decided to try again at a later date. Very steep hike, doesn't ever feel like it is going to stop. I'm sure once I get the views it will feel worth it.

Decided to take the less common route to Washington. Successful day with Washington not being completely in the clouds. Although sadly disappointed that the highest peak in the Northeast doesn't have a complete 360 view without buildings in the way... thankfully we summited Monroe and got the views we wanted. Loved all the water throughout the trail even on the way up to Washington from the hut.

Good hike. Pretty difficult to start. Steep - climbing almost 2,000 feet within a mile, but in a stair-master kind of way. The river and waterfalls are along side you this whole time, so it's not too bad.

Afterwards, you're trekking in the trees with sporadic views, up until the last 500 ft of the hike where you get a nice 360.

Careful going down. Expect it to take you about the same amount of time as going up.

hiked down Mr Washington with scout troop to clog railroad station. a little long but not too steep we had a few new boys to hiking. of course it rained half way down. some great views before fog came it good trail for new hikers

There are beautiful views of the waterfalls on this trail. The rocks and stairs do get extremely slippery so I would recommend bringing hiking poles to help keep your balance. I don't normally hike with poles but figured I might need them on this trail and I don't think I would've made it down in one piece without them. Going down does take much longer than going up so make sure you factor that into your hike time. Overall it's a great challenging hike to a gorgeous summit.

Amazing! We hiked up on 7/27/18. I had super low expectations going in as my family (Mom (46), Dad (51), two teens (15, 13)) had never done anything like this before and now I can’t wait to do it again! We started at the Cog Railway and I’m not ashamed to admit we looked like morons trying to find the entrance to the Jewell Trail. So that you too don’t look like us, if you start at the Cog, walk past everyone in line then cross the tracks and you’ll see the Jewell Trail sign. We’ve had a lot of rain so did have to take our time and wait our turn crossing the river/stream. We took the Jewell Trail because everyone said it was “easier”. I can’t even imagine what the Ammanassouc (so?) is like if Jewell was easier. It took us 4.5 hours to the Summit and frankly, it was tough. However, once you get thru the tree line, it is all worth it!!!! Bring binoculars!! I actually found above the tree line harder because the Trail didn’t seem as defined. Yet another tip for folks... follow the rock formations as that is the Trail. Took us awhile to figure that out ;). I wish I tracked how long it took us to the tree line but I think it was about half our time to get to tree line and then half our time from tree line to Summit. Last tip... if you think you have enough water, you don’t. Pack more as we were down to baby sips the closer we got to the Summit! Overall great trip and surprisingly my legs didn’t hurt the next day! I think they would have tho had we climbed down and not taken the Cog. We had to train it tho as we were so not prepared for the weather that was coming in! Happy Trails!!

Did this hike on Saturday, and decided to make a loop out of it going up Airline to the summit, then down Star Lake to the hut, then down Valley Way. Highly recommend as Airline provides wonderful views and is steeper, and Valley Way stays in the trees and is less rugged. This loop was a total of 8.5 miles. It took me a while to complete, largely because I did not have poles, which would be very helpful for a hike like this as the last mile or so up to Adams (and back down) is awkwardly rocky and can be difficult to maneuver. The summit was too populated for my taste (plus it is not flat so everyone’s awkwardly trying to stand on the rocks) but the trails were often quiet for long stretches. The view of Washington from the summit is my favorite I have ever seen.

We (my wife, 7 year old daughter and I) went up Ammonoosuc to the summit and down Jewell. Saturday was an absolutely perfect day. 4 hours up and maybe 30 minutes on the summit (being such a nice day, it was a mob scene) and 4 hours down. There were parts of Jewell coming down where the bolder scramble was really tough for my daughter but it was an absolutely great time. I did this trail with my mom and sister about 20 years ago and had not come up from the West since, despite probably 10 or 12 hikes up Mt Washington in between. It was the first summit for my wife and daughter and we’re all looking forward to more hikes in the Whites soon!

did this Saturday and it was a first pretty hard but so worth it once you got to the top.

2 months ago

Great hike VIA Edmonds path.

Loved this hike! Incredible views. Nothing too steep. A bit buggy at the top - be careful of the bees. Great view of Mt. Washington - wish we had more time to hike on over.

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