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2 days ago

Found it to be a difficult hike. Not because of the elevation or not being in shape, which we were, but the entire trail was walking over large boulders. Coming down was total concentration on where to step to not twist an ankle. Other than that, it was beautiful with great views of the clouds racing by.

Did the loop on October 12 but got started a bit late so took the Halfway House Trail to get up to the Canyons Trail and then eventually met up with the Long Trail to make it to the chin and back down via the Sunset Ridge Trail.

Halfway House was very very steep but offered some pretty views of the valley, especially with the foliage. The Canyons Trail included a lot of rock scrambling but offered some shelter from the wind on the ridge. Also great views on this section. Once we got to the Long Trail, the views were incredible because you get up above the treeline on to the ridge and you can really see the summit, the valley and stowe ski resort. Unfortunately we had a lot of fierce wind during our time along the long trail probably from the combination of elevation and quick changing weather.

Once we started descending via the Sunset Ridge Trail, the conditions were much better and we were able to enjoy the views and get some great photos.

Overall a great hike and worth the views. Strenuous because of steep conditions and rock scrambles. Make sure to check the weather and be ready for temperature drops and wind

Had a great time hiking this trail with one of my best friends. Perfect weather, and beautiful foliage. 10/10 would recommend

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7 days ago

Great trail for a good work out. I would assume that is a great view of Burlington but the clouds were low when I went. Highly recommend.

Summary (TLDR): Halfway House up and back in damp, foggy, and cooler conditions took roughly five hours. Challenging hike but very worthwhile.

My girl and I went over the past weekend (10/6) to see all of the wonderful foliage fall colors and the mountain didn't disappoint despite the weather. For our first time up the mountain, the ranger that was assisting in parking cars recommended Halfway House to the Chin, then back down Sunset Ridge. The conditions that day were damp, foggy, very light scattered showers, and windy at the ridgeline. The temperature was between 45-55F.

Halfway House certainly was grueling the whole way up if you aren't used to mountain hiking. The path has great opportunities for photos along the way and is easy to follow. There were two different areas where things were sketchy and both were towards the top. One is a serious rock slope that has very few areas to anchor your feet. We opted on taking a less traveled dirt path to the right of the slope and made it up without facing the troubles we could have encountered. The final dangerous obstacle was a shallow sloping boulder you have to cross that overhangs a cliff to connect with the trail on the other side. There was no going above or below this. I believe the hike up was around three hours.

When we made it to the ridgeline, we broke into the tundra foliage and it was beautiful! The sight was certainly breathtaking regardless of the poor weather conditions. There was still about another hour to the Chin according to other hikers.

We walked about fifteen minutes towards the Chin and ran into a few other hikers coming down from the Chin. They recommended turning back because it was raining pretty good on the summit and gusts were reaching up to and sustaining at 45 mph. I will also add if you are afraid of heights, walking the ridgeline to the Chin is not for the faint of heart. There is a 1000 ft drop to the right that provides for amazing views but will stunt those who may not be comfortable with heights.

To finish out the hike, we made our way back down Halfway House. Overall, we spent about three hours going up, two hours coming back down, and about an hour meandering around and enjoying views at the base and ridgeline. I'm looking forward to going back and experiencing the trails again. I highly recommend it.

Went hiking on this trail when the rain was heavy and the summit was cloudy, didn’t make it to the summit but made it to both of the other caps. Will definitely pack lighter next time and bring a buddy, but overall, a great and challenging hike!!!

10/8/18 was a great hike and as you continued your climb it became increasingly more steep. It was almost like a warm up for what was to come. I decided to do Wright peak first which I think was a good idea since after I did Algonquin I decided to go the “extra mile” and do Iroquois as well. Not sure I would have had it in me after both of those peaks to come back and do Wright. All in all it was a decently difficult hike. Technically 4 peaks total but boundary isn’t recognized as a 46er because of its close proximity to Algonquin, nevertheless I like to make myself feel better by saying I tackled 4 peaks. Total time for me was 6 hours 15 minutes from trailhead to trailhead using my garmin watch it somehow clocked me at 16.1 miles total. So something might have been off between my watch and the trail signs. I don’t know. The views at each peak were obscured by total cloud coverage so I didn’t spend much time at any peak really but I did stop multiple times on the lower levels to see some foliage and enjoy the beauty of the trails. Would love to do them again on a clear day if I could.

Seems like a breeze, until you’re JUST about at the peak! Didn’t realize there was tram service up there until we redirected some not well-dressed tourists back to the tram as they started making their way down the steep rocky long trail in loafers and polos! Beautiful waterfall stop highly recommended to sit and listen to the white noise of nature.

Tuckerman Ravine is like some foreign alien looking landscape! Absolutely nuts! The glacial cirque is truly a sight to behold. Once inside the bowl, you climb up the headwall, and then another push up a set boulder fields. A fun and very memorable climb! Then, you’ll see the parking lot and cars and craziness that is the top, and probably have to wait in line for a summit pic if that’s your thing. Any serious east coast hiker, would be remiss to have missed out on Mount Washington.

This hike is unbelievable. It was my very first time hiking any of the 46 ADK peaks, and I started right in with Wright & Algonquin! They were amazing to say the least. We did Wright first, very steep 0.4 mile from where the trail splits into Wright or Algonquin. The views were BREATHTAKING! Heart lake looked glorious from up there, and there’s the plaque in dedication to the helicopter that crashed there in 1922 (i think?). The way down was actually just as challenging, which I never took in to account! Very slippery!
Algonquin was 0.6 from trail split, not as challenging but not easy. Unfortunately by the one we got up there we were in a cloud, which was actually quite interesting, but you couldn’t see anything. Looking forward to doing it again, hopefully with a view!

Fantastic hike! Made it in around 5.5 hours. We hiked this mountain in October and the view was incredible!

This is by far the toughest trail in white mountains that I have done. Make sure you do Washington or or adams individually before attempting this. We started at 9 am on caps ridge and made it to jefferson summit at 11 am. The vies were breathtaking of fall foliage in New Hampshire. We reached adams at 1 and Madison at 230 and back to trail head at 730 pm. Got delayed a bit due to high winds in gulf side trail.

Getting to the ridge of adams was fine however climbing adams was quite tough, there is no stairway like path to adams summit and involves twisting and turning your feet in slightly awkward angles, with a little bit of scrambling sprinkled in.

After adams we went a long way down the ridge towards Madison hut. THE HUT WAS CLOSED. We gave some of our water to a couple who had not brought enough thinking they could refill at the hut. we left our backpacks at the hut and hurried up mount Madison. I felt Mount Madison summit was much more breathtaking than either adams or jefferson, with its 360 degree views and fall foliage of high fall season.

Things to note:
1) wind near and at adams and jefferson summit brought the temperature down significantly. We had to thrown on all our layers each time we came near to these peaks. Madison was much more tamer.

2) though the forecast said clear skies for the entire day, it became quite foggy on the way back, which along with higher than predicted winds made the going very tough on the gulf side trail.

3) we avoided climbing adams and jefferson on the way back by taking the gulf side trail and continuing on to the jefferson loop to reach caps ridge.

4) Gps tracker with all trails was extremely useful. Once it gets foggy and real windy, it becomes easy to lose path.

5) make sure each of you bring headlamps and hiking blankets just in case. We hiked the last half hour in complete darkness.

6) fix your turn around time as half the daylight that you half left minus an hour at the beginning of the hike.

Overall this hike got me a fair bit of respect for phrase “exposed over the tree line” hiking. If you are considering doing the entire presidential traverse, I highly recommend doing this trail first to get a taste of it. It pushes the strength of knees and leg muscles to the next level.

If you are fit and weather is good, this is a great hike.

We completed this hike in beautiful weather earlier today. Everything that the others have written about the trail starting gently and then finishing with demanding scramble is ‘spot on’. The views from the top were however absolutely magnificent and rendered all of the hard work getting there, worthwhile. We would thoroughly recommend this walk.

The views throughout this hike can’t be beat. As others have commented though, be sure the weather is solid and you’ve packed gear accordingly. There are a lot of criss-crossing trails and the majority of the hike is rock jumping so it can be pretty slow going. I wound up getting turned around a couple of times but even with minimal stops, this took me 8 hours at a very good pace.

Hiked this route to the summit yesterday. Weather was extreme (sub freezing and 40-50 mph sustained winds) and foggy so no great views, but the feeling of accomplishment was exhilarating. It was challenging but anyone on the fence based on these reviews should go for it. The detour this year is steep and is basically walking up muddy ski runs for an hour. Trekking poles help a lot. Past the hiker cabin the trail changes into a narrow series of steep rock steps up past the waterfall, where you emerge from the trees and essentially climb the waterfall on the face of Tuckermans. It is majestic. This section is more exposed and wet and requires some focus. Gloves are essential from here on. The trees continue to get smaller and eventually when you emerge past the tree line it is a steep rock scramble for what feels like forever but is really 0.6 miles. This is literally finding foot placement over and over on large and small rocks and the angle is very steep so it’s all quads. Just straight up. At no time did I feel like I was going to fall off the mountain, but you don’t want to turn around and look down much. This section is very windy and exposed and layering is a must. Reaching the parking lot and the stairs was amazing, and it was totally jarring to see all the tourists and train people at the stop. Still, Mt Washington should be on the bucket list of east coast hikers and the Tuckermans route is a great mix of views, changing topography and lung-burning exercise. If you’re thinking about it and nervous like I was - DO IT!

Unbelievable hike! Starts off relatively flat and gets increasingly harder as you make your way up. There is a lot of big boulders and rocks as well as big flat rocks that can be quite slippery coming down. The last little bit starting at the fork between Wright & Algonquin peak is quite strenuous, but the views make it totally worth it! We did both Algonquin & Wright which took us about 6 and a half to 7 hours. We did this hike without hiking poles but I would probably recommend them due to the scrambling/slippery rocks. Don’t forget to pack warmer clothes because it is very cold on the top of the mountain. We had our dog with us and she did great! We were advised it can be tough for dogs but it is definitely do-able for anyone wondering! Overall this hike is a very fun one, although quite difficult.

Superbe randonnée via tuckerman ravine et retour via lion’s head. 2h45 pour la montée, et 2h20 pour la descente. La chute d’eau est superbe et après l’avoir passé, le vent s’est levé et la dernière portion est difficile mais splendide!!! Au sommet, rafale de plus de 90 km/h ! WoW. Gants et tuque nécessaire ainsi que de bonne bonne de randonnée. Nous avions la tête dans les nuages au sommet alors aucune vue... Amenez vous du linge pour vous changer au sommet et du linge à votre arrivé au bas!!! Combien plus confortable...
Nous y reviendrons assurément!!

I hiked this trail yesterday with my friend, and I’d consider us beginners, meaning we hike occasionally and aren’t that fast. We started the hike on the Sherburne ski trail detour and then ended back on tuckerman’s ravine (there was one point after the steep incline in the beginning of the ski trail where we weren’t sure if we should go left or right and there wasn’t a sign so we took the wider trail on the right and landed back on tuckerman’s). There was no one in sight for a very long time and we started to worry but then we ran into a woman who let us know we were on the right track and to keep to the left! So we ended up at the Hermit Lake Shelter after roughly 2 hours, then continued up Tuckerman’s trail. It really was beautiful and it was really the perfect day for this hike! The sun was out for part of the hike and then it got super cloudy. We each brought winter jackets, gloves, extra pants, and about 3.5L of water, and that was way too much. We’d always heard about how unpredictable the weather on Mt Washington was so we wanted to be prepared (but I don’t think on this specific day we needed all that extra gear, so our packs definitely weighed us down).
Back to tuckerman’s.. there was this wonderful narrow waterfall we had to cross at this pretty steep section on the way up and that part was a little nerve wracking but after that we just kept moving forward and followed the signs/cairns to the summit. The last part of the hike up is all rocks and you’re using your hands a lot at this point. I will say the rocky section was the hardest for me, every time I thought we were just about finished there were more and more rocks to conquer! Finally we reached the summit after 4 hours and 47 minutes! There’s a lot to see at the top and we met this fellow hiker who we had spotted a few times on the way up, and we all decided to hike down together. I’m not sure how we spent an hour and a half at the top but we did lol we hiked back down about 2.5 hours before sunset thinking that’d be enough time but boy it was not! We took lion head down and while it was beautiful and not as rough as tuckerman’s it was still really hard for us. The terrain was still very rocky and windy (at one point there was a ladder which I was grateful for because I don’t think I would have made it down safely without it!) the trail seemed to be NEVER ENDING. It quickly got dark, and a fellow hiker caught up with us and kept us company. I’d consider these hikers our trail angels because as beginners my friend and I easily would have gotten so discouraged in the dark on lion’s head. Toward the end we came across the bridge thats currently being built on tuckerman’s and just kept on trekking. We ended back at Pinkham notch lodge after a little over 4 hrs, so I’d say the hike itself took us about 9 hrs (not including the time spent at the summit). All in all, my least favorite part was hiking down but the hike up was wonderful in so many ways, and we feel extremely fortunate to have met such nice people all around!

Hike was every bit technically challenging as it was strenuous but huge payout above the tree line. Absolutely breathtaking. Definitely need to watch the weather and pack smart, you are very exposed to the elements up there. It had rained the day before I hiked so the trail was extremely slick. Took me 7hrs with a few short breaks.

I’m not a hiker and this was definitely difficult but it was very pretty. We reached the summit around 10:30am and it was so foggy that we couldn’t see anything. I think the fog burned out by midday but still a little disappointing. It’s not too busy (we went on a Sunday) and we passed our fair share of dogs :). Trail was pretty slippery even though it hadn’t rained in a few days. A lot of DIY rock climbing but worth it.

great hike!
I would say moderate and not hard.
Took us 5 hours in total from the parking lot and back include stops...
Amazing view, wet and a bit slippery forest and impressive pass from the forest to the Rocky summit.
could be better marked tho

Got up early to Pinkham and hit the trail, detours and all. The detours put you on the ski trail, which is incredibly steep, but it’s short and you get back on Tuckerman’s for most of it. It’s an easy hike until you go past the Hermit Lake hut and it’s water pump (fill up, you’ll need it). Dense fog in the ravine prevented me from seeing anything above me as I struggled up the wall. Halfway up the wall the fog cleared above me, demolishing my hopes of being near the top. But it was fun the whole way up. Got above the clouds and into the alpine zone, scrambled up the rocks to the summit. Time up was 3 hours. Hung out, and took 3 more hours working my way down Lions Head Trail. This is an unbelievable view of the ravine and everything around it. TAKE LIONS HEAD DOWN. It’s way easier too. Total time was 0700-1400. 7 hours total. Great hike but exhausting!

Tough to finish In one day, only made it to Adams and had to head back. Did a number on my pups paws, would not recommend bringing a dog for this one.. lots of rocky terrain especially at the top and along the ridge.

My friends and I took Tuckerman's Ravine up to the summit and back down. There were beautiful views. The detour that we had to take right in the beginning, was extremely muddy and difficult to get through but it just added much more conversation during the hike. I would definitely take this trail again.

The best hike I’ve ever been to. The view is amazing. You definitely need good hiking shoes winter jacket hat gloves etc. the summit is very cold and windy. The last half mile hike is no joke all rock climbing. It’s a great experience though we will definitely do it again !

Hiked today with my two dogs on ravine trail. A couple bridges were closed so we took a detour (very well marked detour). Thick fog at the summit so unfortunately no views there but the ravine trail was breathtaking!

Took us 4.5 hours total (including breaks for photos and snacks)

My dogs had no problem with the rocky terrain (lab mix and shepherd mix) but probably wouldn’t recommend for a new hiking dog/smaller dog

The trail to Algonquin starting from the ADK Loj is relatively easy from the trailhead to the Marcy Dam area but gets increasingly difficult as it progresses. Plenty of cobbles to traverse.Continues to ascend quickly. Fun though. The final approach to the summit offers some great views. As does the summit itself.We hiked down off Algonquin over to Boundary then up to Iroquois. Back to Algonquin then down to the base of Wright. Wright is fairly tough as it ascend quite quickly. Great views. Check out the plane crash plaque and debris.The hardest part of Wright was that it was our third summit of the day.But why not get all three while right there. Be in good shape for this hike.

Enjoyed this hike. View are great at the top. Not much of a trail run due to boulders but a great workout. Took me 68 minutes both ways.

Decided to tackle another of the highest peaks of the state, this time in Vermont. Another 3.5 hour drive from home and same back. Decided to go up the lesser traveled route, Halfway House. Glad I chose that, saw 4 people as they were coming down but nobody else. Mile to the long trail but seemed longer. I'm not the fastest hiker out there so didn't want to have to move aside a lot. Another mile to the meetup with Sunset Ridge then up to the chin. A fair amount of rock jumping as you get closer to the final climb but nothing crazy. Halfway House wasn't all that bad in regards to actual climbing, just took time. The top was a little busy not that bad for a Sunday. One thing to keep in mind, as I knew where I was going, I met a couple who weren't sure and almost took the Sunset Ridge to go down which would have taken them down to the wrong side of the mountain. I got them straightened out, just glad I could help. Now the fun starts, heading down. I knew before I started I would go up HH and down Sunset. I just didn't think Sunset Ridge was as tough as I went through going down. I read somewhere that from easy to hard on this side was SR then HH then LC. From going up HH, I think SR is about the same really. Took a couple hours and had a constant thigh burn going but didn't want to stop because I knew I wouldn't want to get up :). Got to Cantilever trail and didn't have the strength to go out and back, maybe another year. As they say, doesn't matter how far or how fast you go, just that you go somewhere. It's always a few steps at a time for me, not bad for an overweight mid 50's guy. Enjoy yourselves!

Completed this trail Saturday. Was breathtakingly beautiful. We went down the Boott Spur trail due to the amount of traffic on the trail. Overall a perfect day with perfect temperatures.

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