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14 hours ago

Great run! I would recommend starting counterclockwise.

Steep and challenging but well worth the views! Loved this hike

Hike is tough but worth it. Beautiful views throughout.

Hiked this on Sunday, Aug. 12. There was a steady drizzle most of the way up and solid rain showers coming down. This made for lots of muddy areas on the ski detour trail. The detour trail was very steep as others have stated and there were no views to be had on our day. We are experienced hikers and like to move fast with very few breaks on the way up. We made it up the mountain in a quick 2.5 hours, but coming down on wet rocks (via Lions Head Trail) took a lot more work and 3.5 hours. Glad I brought along some gloves to hold onto all of the rocks as it was pretty much wet and jagged rock hand holds for a long ways down. My husband slid down one rock slab on Lions Head and got a deep puncture wound from a tree root into his shin. Glad we had a first aid kit to treat it, but it definitely slowed him down a bit. Bottom line is come prepared for this hike - rain gear, trail shoes, layers, gloves, and first aid kit. Hope to be back one day when the skies are clear and the main trail is open again.

The trail is rated hard and it is. Recommend to have experience doing this hike. It’s no joke. Coming down gets tuff too
Will do it again in the fall, summer hikes are busier times on the Trails

As noted by many others, this trail starts off fairly benignly, and is totally manageable for the first 2 miles. I was expecting things to become steeper and more strenuous as we ascended, but I was not prepared for the frequent scrambles up enormous smooth boulders peppered throughout that last mile. While others scampered up with no trouble, I was terrified I’d lose a hand or foothold and tumble perilously off the rocks. If I weren’t even more afraid to go back down the trail, I would have definitely given up. I should say that conditions were ideal on the day of our climb (8/10), so that was not the issue. I guess it was just more than this 62 yr old fit but somewhat inexperienced hiker should have bitten off! Thank goodness my husband was with me to lend a helping hand! Btw, the hike from Lake of the Clouds to the top of Mt Washington was a piece of cake in comparison, and views were breathtaking!

Hiked this once in July 2016 and then again July 14th, 2018. First time we had a tough time after the hut, and lost our way due to fog. Made it to the top but took the shuttle down.

7/14/18 was much better. The detour was annoying, straight up and all mud. But once you got to the hut it was beautiful views, and a difficult but rewarding hike. Once you reach the signs for the summit (all scrambling from there) it is pretty tough! Wind and fog can be disorienting but if you are there at a busy time, there are plenty of other people to follow or at least gauge where you're going. We will definitely be back in the future as it is such a tough but breathtaking hike.

Very difficult but worth it!

5 days ago

Great a trail! Just make sure you where proper shoes. Fairly easy trail to walk with proper footware. Trail markers can be a little confusing so pay attention, lots of little side trials.

exhausting but beautiful. Great hike with family or friends.

nice trail

Nice trail. Hiked in about 7.5 miles. Then made camp. Back out the next morning. Fairly steep trail, pretty overgrown in some areas. We saw one single hiker and a couple. Bumped in a couple with horses and a few mules. Lots of horse poop on trail. Camps are nice down by water, some have nice level sandy areas for tents. A few had logs to sit on as stools. Pretty buggy in the swampy shadowy areas. Yellow Jackets would not leave our food alone. Over all a good trail to hike. I would like to go all the way to the lake sometime

Wonderful experience, More climbing than expected

The App works well

There is a lot of Detours in the Tuckerman Ravine.
Some of them not do not specify where it takes you.
Beside that, there is a magical view of the waterfalls in the ravine area itself.
And breeze along the trail with beautiful Tundra plants and wild flowers.
Today was muddy. Also, walking into waterfalls part of the time, but wast refreshing on the open, exposed trail.

I hiked this on Sunday. the detours are steep and muddy. I hiked alone and prior to this hike the highest I'd ever hiked was 1,400ft. It was definitely challenging especially the last .8 miles. While you are very much on your own there is an underlying sense of comradory with all of the other hikers on the trail. The views are very humbling and almost brought tears to my eyes. Initially I said I'd never hike this again but after some rest I most definitely will!

Took us four hours and 15 min to hike to the summit. We were too exhausted and felt that the hike down would be too hard so took shuttle back to parking lot.
Loved the views but the two worst parts/hardest parts were the beginning ( walking the ski trails because of the detour. It was straight up and muddy) and the last 0.8 miles ( poor trail markings).
I was asked if I would ever hike Mt Washington again.... this is like asking a new mom if she is ready to have another baby. Right now, NO! But give me time to recover and then I might in a couple years.
I wish I had hiking gloves for all the rock scrambles and hiking poles for the first mile going up (if I was hiking back down).
You definitely need to be prepared with hiking boots, water, and other hiking supplies. If you have kids, they need to be older and not prone to whining.
This was serious hiking! The “hard” rating was legit!

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.

Hiked this trail on Sunday. There are currently 2 detours- 1 in the beginning up a ski trail and the second in the middle up another ski trail. Both detours are very steep and bery muddy. This trail is the first “hard” rated trail that I have actually found physically challenging (a good challenge). The detour makes the trail 5.8 miles rather than 4.1.

Take this trail VERY seriously and do not attempt it unless you are a very experienced hiker. About halfway up, you climb up the waterfalls. The trail is only about 2 feet wide at that point, the rocks are wet and it requires some serious crawling and manuvering. The views are absolutely incredible at this point but the drop down is terrifying. You can see Tuckermans bowl and the Presidential range.

We hiked from the bottom of the ravine trail to the hut. When I read about the trail, I didn’t realize the extent of the ledges (which were slippery with water running over them yesterday). I love hiking, but this ruined the first half of my day, due to an extreme fear of heights. Yes, I’m aware I was hiking a mountain - but there’s hiking, and there’s rock climbing, which is what the last almost mile and a half of the trail felt like to me, until you reached the hut. The trail was deceiving too - the first two miles were very easy, I was actually wondering why the hike was classified as a hard hike. I soon found out why.

Thankfully the Crawford Path was available to take us back down the mountain, because there is no way I would have tried to go back down that trail. There were a few people going down the ravine trail as we went up. Kudos to them, but not for those with any sort of fear of heights.

You can call this trail moderate but after you do it you won’t feel that way, lots of short bursting ups and downs that over time will take their toll. Secluded except for the occasional motorbike / ATV that roars through illegally. This happens because of the primitive nature of the area, and the fact that over 20 years ago it was a known destination for 4 wheeling clubs.. so ignorant fathers who once rode there legally as a kid bring their kids out there thinking it is still ok. It’s not FYI the state of CT out it’s foot down on this. If you come across these 4 wheelers make you let them know this is no longer a permitted activity.

I guess after all is said and done this is the risk you take when you attempt to hike this loop.. might be better off heading south into the Yale forest and get on the Nipmuc trail there, that forest is beautiful and the ridge at Boston Hollow is killer. Not as strenuous as breakneck pond. Google it.

Finally - bigelow hollow is a mob scene on the weekends in the summer - ethnic groups have been gathering in hoards that leave a lot of trash around and make it difficult to enjoy the solitude of nature with their loud music and sheer #s of gatherers. I respect all people, but many aren’t aware of today’s norms for respecting these parks and the wilderness. They come to the wilderness equipped as if their were having a barbecue party on the beach..

Did this in August 2015. We got there around 8am and were back down by 830pm. Theres a hut about half way. Some hands needed on the steeper parts above the treeline, but nothing too crazy for the average person. We took our time at the peak and it is COLD. Definitely worth the climb though. It was my first trip up the mountain and has a great view of the presidential ridge and White Mountains as a whole. When I went there was still frozen snow near the top. Super cool area. The decent we

Just a word to the wise and dog lovers/owners - learn from my mistake. We hike a lot and I didn’t think bringing my dog would be an issue. If you bring your dog with you - make sure to do something to protect her/his feet. We had great weather and a great time but my poor 95 lb shepherd mix pups padding wore off his feet from the rocks on the trail the last 1.5 miles. It took us 6 hours to get down the mountain and several people tried to tape his feet to help him. Unfortunately even still I ended up spending $800 in Vet bills (some of which I’ll be reimbursed for by pet insurance). But please protect your dogs feet if you bring the pup. My dog is fine and his pads should grow back. He’s supposed to be taking it easy for at least the next week maybe up to a month.

the first 2 miles are currently on a detour which is pleasant, but not fantastic. They entire trail is quite steep. the 2nd 2 miles is where the trail gets great. There's some exposure and towards the top, are several ways to summit. we accidentally took the "wrong" way, but found it easier despite added distance. Vans at the top can take you down. Or hike. We spent a leisurely 7.5 hours on the trail. slow/ moderate pace with about a 1.5 hours break at the top.

This trail was my first serious hike in the White Mountain and it was quite memorable. I didn't had a good hiking boot and I really paid the price. But since then I am properly equipped and much better conditions and I've hiked this trail three times now and every trip is truly memorable.

It is especially nice when we add an overnight stay at the Lakes of the Cloud hut. As for the views, it is good but I honestly prefer the views from lower peak like Mount Flume, Mount Liberty, Mount Monadnock and Mount Morgan/Percival better. The best view I think is offered by 2K-3K mountain peaks. Mount Washington's peak is so high that it is all rocky and I am not a big fan of rocky landscape. It does look really surreal the first time you see it.

It is personally very rewarding to be able to scale a 6K footer. There are not that many people who can do that so it gives a special feeling to know you're among those who can do it.

I plan on taking on Mount Washington again next month but taking Huntington Ravine this time.

I hiked up the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail in June and stayed at Lakes of the Clouds before summiting Mt Washington the following day. It was a beautiful, challenging hike that rewards you with incredible views along the way. Don’t let the distance fool you...it’s the steep elevation gain after you pass Gem Pool that is the challenge. Well worth it though. Highly recommend!

Fun hike around Breakneck pond.

My husband and I hiked this trail with our 2 kids ages 11 and 10 yesterday. Wow! We are fit adults (triathletes) but only moderately experienced hikers, and we thought we would have no problem with the trail. We did feel a bit in over our heads- the middle part by the waterfall felt downright dangerous in some places as I imagined one of us slipping on the wet rock and tumbling over the edge. But the views really were stunning. The last 0.8 miles up the rock scramble was the only really physically challenging part. The kids just bounded from rock to rock like little mountain goats but we parents were literally scrambling with hands and feet- it felt like it would never end. Beware, there are some loose rocks too which make it tough- and I can’t imagine doing it in poor conditions. (We had extra gear with us but didn’t need to put it on as the sun was shining at the top and there was little wind. However we heard that just last week 2 separate groups needed to be rescued, suffering from hypothermia after weather moved in).
Overall it took us about 4.5 hours to hike up. This was longer than we expected, and since it was getting into later afternoon we took the shuttle down the auto road ($30 per adult) which took us back to the Pinkham parking lot.
So, definitely a doable hike for a family, as long as you are prepared. Highly highly recommend.

Is there such a fee to walk $5 when it use to be free.
I'm not impressed what so ever.

Awesome trail. Turns into a rock scramble about halfway up the mountain and gains about 2400ft in ~1.6 mi. Great views going up/down the mountain after about the halfway point, but the summit was foggy. The fog clears away just a few hundred feet from the summit to reveal some spectacular views.

Missed a few trails due to poor weather in the AM with all the fog but it took me 4 hours and 15 mins from bottom to top to bottom. I did a little trail running when applicable. The steep climbs around mile 2 were tough but very doable. I loved this hike/trail run. I highly recommend it but to those who try it soon make sure you start around 8 am or so. 6am was a little rough temp wise.

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