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Beginning of the trail is closed so we took the detour up the ski trail. It was probably the worst part-straight uphill on dirt with no traction in multiple spots. Once we got to the ravine, it was beautiful! It was steep but more actual hiking. Pretty warm and humid today until we got above the tree line. There was a nice breeze for the rest of our climb to the summit. I definitely recommend hiking shoes. Lots of rocks and even kind of a scramble-like hiking on the way to the top. Because of the waterfalls/small stream coming off the rocks, your shoes will inevitably get wet. I saw people in sneakers though I wouldn’t want to do it. Hike ended up being about 6 hours and we also stopped at the top for quite a bit. I think the weather really determines the capability of this hike. We had a perfect day and saw a ton of people who were probably in average shape that were doing just fine. If the weather wasn’t on our side, I can definitely see how it would get treacherous, with all the rocks on this route and on the way up to the summit. Just make sure you check the Mt. Washington weather site.

Marcy is the ultimate balance of challenge and reward. It’s a long, challenging 15 mile day with a lot of elevation gain, but it’s the peak that got me addicted to High Peaks Wilderness. It begins with a easy 2 miles to Marcy Dam, which has great views of Mount Colden. From there it’s 5 miles of rocks and badly eroded trail. The mountain runoff turned this place into a river on the rainy morning we hiked it. You don’t get any views until you begin the final push through the alpine zone. The above treeline summit of Marcy has spectacular views in all directions, you can see the whole range in all it’s glory. The clouds cleared for a brief 10 minutes as if the reward us for our efforts. When they came back, we headed out. Definitely would recommend this to anyone who likes strenuous mountains.

From the start of trail always climbing upwards till the top . Good exercise for a good night sleep !

tuckerman up , lions head down. it seemed like tuckerman was steeper but I'd rather do that for both ways next time as it was a better trail overall.. 3 hours and 20 mins to get up. 2 hours 20 mins to get down. had some chilli from the cafe and snapped a few pics. saw some guy who needed first aid . the fatality board inside was interesting.

hiking
2 days ago

This was one of our primary goals on our visit to the ADK region. It didn’t disappoint! Our trip up was approximately 4 hrs and approximately 4.5 down. Very well maintained trail. Impressed with the fact the steward does a high peak 5 days a week. The views today were awesome from the top. Clear and cool on the top! Loved it. Its about getting the 46! One group made this this their 46th. Awesome to be there for that!

We hiked the Tuckerman Ravine Trail up and the Lion Head Trail down. The last mile and a half is definitely tough going over all the rocks and boulders but it was a lot of fun and well worth it! If I were to give advice I would say wear sturdy shoes, pace yourself and have fun!

We hiked in from the Garden using the North Side Trail to Grace Camp on the first day and slept in the cabin near Johns Brook Lodge. The next morning we hiked the Phelps trail to the summit of Marcy for my sister's 60th birthday and then descended via the Hopkins trail back to Grace Camp where we got some well-deserved rest before hiking out on the disappearing South Side trail back to the Garden. Beautiful hike/camp experience. First 46er for me as well. My boots completely disintegrated (25-year old Vasques with dried out glue), so I hiked out in Chaco sandals, adding to the adventure. (Hike date was 9/12/2012)

We liked this hike just fine. It does have several points where you are just walking along a road or through parking lots, which isn’t ideal when looking for a good nature experience. There’s lots of water features and a lot of fun places for kids. The biggest drawback is probably the number of other people on the same hike and in the same area.

It was very fun but very heavily trafficked.

Did this in 2015, no views at the top that day but still a great climb.

We hiked up Lion's Head (it's steeper) and down Tuckerman's and it was absolutely gorgeous. Incredibly difficult and we were sore for days, but totally worth it. We went at a fairly fast pace with a few stops and it took us 3.5 hours to get up and 3 to get down.

The hike can be divided into three distinct parts: the first third is fairly easy, then you hit the rest area with a water refill, then the second third is very rocky, and the last third is a seemingly neverending scramble on very uneven rocks that will break your spirit.

Overall, the Tuckerman's Ravine Trail is incredibly beautiful and has a waterfall, and next time I would definitely do this trail both up and down, as Lion's Head is just way steeper with lesser views.

In terms of clothing, you'll get very warm while hiking, but the top third is so windy and cold, you'll want to bring a hat, warm layers, and probably a windbreaker. Hiking boots are a must!

Did this on July 9, our 17th highpoint. Weather was perfect. This hike is no joke. I see other posts saying “anyone can do it” I disagree. It’s certainly not impossible but it’s long, and coming down seems endless. I would suggest bringing more water than you think you need, and get some training in before you do it. It took us 10 hours with a considerable break at the top. All that said it is a tremendous view and a well maintained trail. Good luck.

It was an awesome hike . The only problem was we started really late (930 am ) for such a long hike ! This meant that we could not take longer breaks . We just did like 10 minutes at the summit and few ones here and there . This considerably slowed us down on our way back . In terms of technically I would term the last 3/4 mile as difficult with boulder and rock scrambling . But nothing too crazy ! The first 2 miles to the Merci dam is easy and then there is a steady climb along boulders from Indian falls for next 3 miles or so . The distance gets to you at the end . We did the last half hour in the dark !! So one should definitely start really early for this one . It is definitely challenging and your legs will tell you that when you wake up the next day !

Speechless. What a hike! Tuckermans Ravine/Shurburne ski trail + Lionshead. Hardest thing I’ve ever done. In serious pain, but what a sense of accomplishment. Well worth it. Prepare, drink a lot of water, and be ready to face challenges.

Good luck!

Each water fall is fantastic and there are multiple spots to take a dip. The stone work and stairs make it seem like some pathway to a castle out of a movie.

on Rim & Gorge Trail

8 days ago

beautiful scenic trails. started at lower rim trail ro upper rim trail. would not have seen Lucifer Falls had we not continued on upper trail. took the gorge trail back down. moderate for beginners, but not impossible.

7/7/18 left from Pinkham Notch at 7am. The weather was cloudy with rain forecasted so the parking lot was fairly empty. Took Tuckermans Ravine trail but there is a detour from the south end of the parking lot you have to take due a closure at the start of the trail. The detour is a steep ascent out of the gates which gets the heart rate up quick. Rocky ascent up to the lake shelter took about 1.5 hours and then the fun began. We stayed on Tuckermans from there as it is less exposed than Lions head and the weather wasnt looking promising. We almost turned around but we had the right gear so pushed through. From the lake shelter until about .5 miles to go we got poured on and visibility was low. Wind picked up towards the top. Last .5 miles was a mental test. Wind was 50-60mph and visibility was nil. We went from Cairn to Cairn. As you got to a cairn you could barely make out the next one. We moved like this through the wind and and foggy mist until the summit. It took 2:47 moving time according to the app. We decided it wasnt safe to descend so we took the shuttle down. This was a mental accomplishment and Luckily we were prepared with pants, OR Helium 2 rain jackets and multiple layers and a dry bag to keep everything dry. I would not recommend this hike if the forecast is anything but “clear”. We read the next day 2 diff groups of hikers had to be rescued that day due to not being prepared. We saw one of the groups earlier in the day.

This hike is awesome. I was debating doing it cuz I had never done one this long but its totally doable and for my first high peak hike I couldn’t be happier. I made it to summit in 3.5 hours and was passing most people on the way. “It’s not that bad” is the perfect description. Anyone can do it! The incline is gradual. Mile 4 and mile 6 are the hardest. Very rocky and muddy throughout; hiking boots are a must. The last half mile is no joke, at some parts I was on my hands and knees climbing. Hiked it July 7th and very cold at top I was SO glad to have brought a coat. Also there are outhouses after mile 2 and around mile 6. Roundtrip is about 15 miles. Shoutout to all the dogs on this trail yall are champs!

My partner and I hiked this trail on 6/16. We got to the parking lot at 7:45ish in the am. The main parking lot was already filled and we circled back and found parking in a nearby dirt opening. I highly recommend starting this hike shortly after sunrise or as early as possible if you would prefer not to deal with the crowds. We read the signs at the trail’s entrance which indicated that sections of tuckerman’s ravine was closed due to an accident and falling boulders... yikes! And then began our ascent! This hike is really nothing short of incredible. In terms of our fitness level, My partner and I are avid hikers. We did 25 ‘hard’ trails in 17’ and aimed for 30+ this year. However, due to an accident earlier this year, we got a slow start to our hiking adventures. Mt. Washington was actually our 4th hike for the year to date. Not a lot of practice and perhaps out of our normal hiking Rhythm. Nevertheless, we comfortably made it up to the summit in 3.5 hours. We did tuckerman ravine to lions head. The final 1 hour ascent is the hardest. You are out of the tree line and exposed to the elements. For us, on that day it was the sporadic high winds and temperature drops that we found most interesting. When we made it to the top there was a race going on. Runners took the auto trail up to the summit along with supporters who drove up as well as others who took the train. It was chaotic but exciting. It certainly did not take away our feeing of accomplishment and excitement. We spent 2 hours at the top exploring the area, taking pictures, and finally grabbing some hot soup. At that point, we were freezing cold from the low temperature and high winds at the summit and also hungry. The soup might as well have been the world’s best soup.. hehe. Don’t forget to bring some pocket change to have some hot soup. The hike down was fun for us but we also felt some of the light pressure. We decided to run the last 30 minutes of the trail.. at that point, I could not feel my toes so no worries. All in all, I encourage you to do this hike. It is an amazing unforgettable experience. This trail does not require excellent physical fitness however, you need to have some basic hiking skills/experience and mental strength to keep going up the steep climb. If you are really concerned about fitness, try doing some similar smaller hikes to train for 1 month. On the trail, you will see and meet many hikers, some who are extremely fit and others who are not quite fit so do not be too worried or discouraged. An important note that goes without saying; hiking boots are a must. You’ll thank yourself later. Don’t forget to break them in.. As far as load, our pack was 60lbs. Two 46oz water bottles, 2 sneaker bars, 2 power bars and sweaters. My partner drank no water on the way up. He felt that it would interfere with his focus.. I drank approx 26oz.

hiking
9 days ago

Beautiful hike- just too populated and the trails are narrow. We completed the entire hike- all 5.6 miles, just out of preference, I would opt another trail purely for the sake of ease of manipulation of crowds.

this was a brutal hike to do in 90+ weather in a day. Save marcy for last and stay in the tree cover out of the sun that way. I burn through water so bring a filter. I'll be coming back to do it again!

hiking
10 days ago

Great trail! We did the Rim Trail all the way up to the upper level. There's tons of spots for great pictures. Some people venture off the trails (Although, I'm not sure it's allowed per park signs) and waded/ sat in the rivers. We wore boots even though a lot of the trail was paved/gravel, an old pair of tennis shoes would be fine. There are some inclines if you go up the Rim Trail to the top, which can leave you winded. Traffic wasn't terrible either until you got to the actual falls, where people were taking pictures.
We were told by some couples to avoid taking the right at one of the splits, as there is no stairs and its just an uphill climb (more difficult). Once at the top we came back down at turned right at the bridge that has a gate on it. After crossing the bridge, it will take you down to the swimming hole where there is lifeguards and a diving board right in front of the falls. I wish we would have brought swimsuits for this. Definitely pack some river clothes, swimsuits if you have kids, its something they would definitely enjoy.

Did this all in one day (including the drive) while living 4 hours away, 3am - 3am when I got back home. Summary: It’s doable, and a fantastic experience. Had an epic day. Ensure that the weather is optimal, and prepare your body for a pretty brutal tenure. It’s all worth it though!

Wow, tough. Parked at 9am. Sign said lot full but we found a spot. Started out on the detour (bridge work at beginning of trail) pretty sure we were climbing sherburne ski trail. STEEP. muddy. Then the detour led us to the actual trail after .25 mile or so... Gradual incline, mostly rock. HOT DAY 7/4/18. Then another detour to more steep ski trail for what seems forever. Then you reach the hermit lake shelter and water 100yds past hut. Then, it’s just straight up from there!! Took us 5.5 hours to top. Many breaks, so hot out. Spent an hour or so at top, 3.5 hours down around 730pm. Would prefer a less crowded trail next time!

Best maintained trail i've been on in a while. A little touristy and as it got later in the day it got more crowded, but not too terrible. A really great day hike & I'd highly reccomend.

We arrived at 7:20am and Pinkham Notch Lot was full! We got the last spot. First half of the Tuckerman Ravine trail was generally easy with nice waterfalls along the way. Had to take Lions Head Trail due to the Ravine having snow. Lions was steep and challenging but breaking the tree line made the challenge amazingly rewarding. Last mile was rocky and open to elements. We had a 70 degree day at the top of Mt Washington so the exposure was lovely and sunny. Took us 4 hours to the top and 3.5 down. Strenuous but completely worth it to experience the view of the presidential range.

Superbe montée!!!!!! Assurément, les bottes sont indispensables!!!!! Je la referais demain matin!!!! La vue est à couper le souffle!!!! Effort soutenu qui en vaut le coup!!!!!

hiking
11 days ago

Great hike! Easy start on flat ground turns to a moderate climb for some miles after Marcy Dam. Finish with some scrambling across rock slabs but not too steep. Windy and cold at the top even in late June! I summited in much less time than I thought, and I was able to add Tabletop and Phelps right from the main trail on my climb back.

My most difficult hike EVER! Worth the view at the top however. I’m 57, and it took me 5 hours up and 4 hours back. 10 miles of the hike are ancient creek bed. Very muddy and difficult! Bring 100 oz water minimum, a change of shoes and socks and Must have bug spray!

Amazing trip! Well worth it, even the hike down.

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