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I just recently hiked this trail in the wintertime and there were (surprisingly) fair conditions at the summit. Washington is known for being home of the world's worst weather so it's extremely important that you constantly check the weather before attempting this climb in the winter. Also, proper gear is crucial!! Be sure to check out Eastern Mountain Sport's Mount Washington winter hiking gear list online so that you know what to bring. Extra layers are a must. Be safe out there!

love it except for the tick. just left the forest and immediately took 3 ticks off the dogs

This was my first time hiking this trail, highly recommend giving it a try. Phone battery died when we reached the hut.

Did it in June tough haul, and in Feb to hermits hut, pack snow temp in 40’s easy like a paved highway and going down on soft pack edges easier!

This place is beautiful, really five star, But this is the second time here, and I have never seen a place with such a tick problem. February 26. I am wearing a coat and I found two In-bedded low near my shoulders. My friend's small dog had at least a couple dozen on him.

I ride my bike here all the time! Great rail path for biking, running, snowshoeing, and strollin’. Great scenery all around you, and cool off-shoots into the Valley Falls Park trails. It can be high traffic around the parking lot areas, but there’s nice quiet stretches in between.

One of my favorite hiking spots if you just wanna get outdoors. Lots of friendly dogs out there. There are a few spots that might be moderate, but overall pretty easy. Bring a simple bug net for your face in the warmer months, just in case. I’ve been swarmed real bad by gnats & mosquitoes on early a.m. hikes.

1 month ago

Had a great hike. Dog also liked it

Great place.

Great for walking with dogs. Not very crowded and plenty of trails for exploring.

Completed July 2017. Took Tuckerman’s Ravine to Lion Head Trail and onward to summit Mt. Washington. Breathtaking views. Hard trail, cloudy at the summit, with clouds breaking slightly.

hiked it on Jan 15 following some flooding which receeded recently. It was a cold day, in the teens, but the ice formations in the river and small brooks were beautiful. Nice trail, easy to follow, and we didn't see another hiker

I have done this hike countless times and it never gets old.

3 months ago

I recommend parking at the Spring St lot. My major gripe with this place is between the parking lot and the summit of Lookout Mountain (the view) the park is very popular and therefore littered with broken glass and lots of foot traffic. I suggest veering right off of the white trail toward the pink trail for a bit more of a challenging and secluded route. After reaching the summit of Lookout Mountain venture beyond the viewpoint onto the yellow trail (which starts in the treeline 180° from the view on Lookout Mountain) toward the summit of Case Mountain. Eventually you will turn left onto the Yellow/Blue trail if you wish to head to the summit of Case. This leads you to a more remote and quiet area of the park, with interesting rock ledge formations, ascents, decents, traversing near large boulders and overhanging rocks, and squeezing through narrow walls created by tall boulders on either side of the trail. This is probably my favorite trail of all in the park. Overall difficulty is easy, there are no scrambles, no very steep grades, the only risky dropoff comes shortly after joining the yellow trail, as it intersects and follows a 30-40 ft high cliff face and eventually descends down a more gradual part as the ledge meets the hillside. There are some rocky areas and clearly some gradual elevation gain, but it never manages to phase me much (205 lbs 6'0").

Would recommend exploring all of the trails offered here, it may not be difficult or the best views, but it is a beautiful and interesting landscape.

Outer Loop Trail, 5 Miles Red blazed

This trail more-or-less rings the park and it’s about 5 miles. The northern half of the trail is pretty woodsy and the very northernest northern tip takes in a nice beaver pond. The southern half of the loop (south of the Gay City Trail) is the most remote area within the park and hits some nice stands of pine and hemlock as well as a few pond overlooks and stream crossings.

3 months ago

Nice loop. We did it counterclockwise. There are many bridges as we followed a stream. The trail was wet with some muddy sections. The are many rocks and roots. Good footwear is advised.

Loved each and every step. I completed this with a friend and a dog. My friend who joined me, isn’t the most physically gifted or conditioned, however, I don’t know a person who is mentally tougher and that’s exactly what it takes for inexperienced climbers to summit. We hopped on the trail around 830 am and got off the trail, back to the lot around 5. It was a long one indeed but once we completed it, the euphoric feeling was indescribable. Yes, once we finished. We were to exhausted to enjoy the top and we were committed to hike back down. This is also a great hike if you have a badass dog. But let me be clear. Get them hiking shoes for their paws!!! My girl ripped her paws open and struggled getting down but again, mental toughness! Above all, if you want views, in my opinion, I thought Franconia ridge to Lafayette was more, ‘picturesque’. But if you want to test your will and challenge your body, Mt. Washington all day!

Tough trail in spots - especially the climb up Mt Everett from the south. Beautiful scenery that is always changing during the hike. Sages ravine was especially beautiful.

Hiked back in early august. Arrived around 9 am and found out that parking was quite a bitch. However we found a spot and headed up the trail. Rocky scramble throughout most of the hike with great viewpoints at the bowl and summit. The last stretch of the trail was insane and the hardest hiking I have yet come to face.

very well marked. this is my goto trail.

Nice hike.

Not much elevation gain but don’t be fooled. This trail is very rugged in parts. The western side is more interesting and has a number of campgrounds you can explore. At the north end and on the east side you can hear the traffic from 84.

We took this trail down in late October. We are average level hikers and it took us less than 4 hours. 2 hours of it was after sunset w flashlights. The closer to the summit, the more difficult it is w the terrain, rocks, small streams, and overall decline. Make sure to start the hike early, dress in warm layers, and bring a flashlight in case it takes longer to hike than expected. Hiking boots are a must because of the terrain.

4 months ago

Great walking and biking for everyone of all ages!

We went Monday, October 23 perfect weather, my husband and I and our husky. I wouldn’t recommend taking a dog and like they are experienced in hiking - which ours is so he did it very well.

Overall the trip was awesome we started around 12 o’clock and finish around 5 PM . 2 1/2 up in 2 1/2 hours down.

My only complaint is obviously when you get to the top it is a bummer having that tram service because there is people up there that did not hike up the mountain, but the positive note is a nice bowl of chili on top after hiking!

Great hike! Definitely will do it again.

The tuckerman ravine trail was pretty but the loop in its entirety was just ok considering the effort put in to it. The views were nice but not the best I’ve seen in the white mountains. Hiking up to Mt. Washington summit is a challenge and it’s quite an accomplishment however, the auto road that allows people to drive to the top spoils the joy when a hiker reaches the summit. The views are obstructed by parking lots and buildings and there’s people all over the place budging in front of you and being rude which is not something you want after a 4,000 ft incline.

Started from the Spring St. lot and went straight up to the top via the white and pink trails. Gorgeous view from the summit...lucky to get a cool, cloudless day my first time out! Continued down the pink trail and onto yellow-red for a while before doubling back. Really beautiful hike, looking forward to making this a regular spot :)

Love this trail! Really beautiful views from the hut to the summit! Was easier up than we anticipated, the way down we were pretty tired by the time we hit the gem pool. Highly recommend this hike for your first time up Washington.

The foliage was at its peak and temps were very comfortable to start with. On the way up Tuckermans Ravine the temps dropped steadily, with wind gusts and sheets of fog. When I started to get wet and cold.I put on a wool jersey, cycling windbreaker, gloves, and wool hat and instantly felt better. I had a down jacket and a couple of space blankets just in case! I stayed at the summit lodge just long enough to take a picture and refill my water bottle. As I progressed down Lionhead trail it got warmer and off came the layers. I wouldn't recommend descending Tuckermans because there is nothing to grab on the way down, and the boulders are huge. Also, wool clothing is the best! The entire hike took just over 4 hours starting from Pinkham Lodge, under ideal conditions and no rest breaks, but this isn't typical so allow yourself more time. The views were amazing!

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