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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

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.

a great hike, we got there early and didn't encounter very many people. our decent was met with a few more people. We brought our doberman who did great both up and down. The summit was more difficult (more rock than trail) than the first 2/3 of the trail, but well worth it. Bugs weren't too bad

hiking
4 days ago

Fun family trip with just the right mix of fun and challenge. Some steep and rocky parts but nothing too tough. I saw people of all ages - from young families with parents carrying babies in packs, to teens and seniors. Nice brook running up the side of the trail at some parts. Nice view st the summit. Can be a bit busy - not the trail you want if you prefer solitude. Well marked. Done with a 10 and 12 yr old, and 4 month old puppy. Nice canopy of trees to shine away the elements.

exhausting but beautiful. Great hike with family or friends.

was a nice hike up today. under the canopy of the trees, air temp/humidity not bad for our group of 5 to make it in about an hour. the kids did fine, though one thought it was more steep than she expected. a great day

So romantic to do with your boo ;)

hiking
8 days ago

Took the trail behind the visitor center to the left. Hiked up 1.6 miles expecting to reach the top. At the end of the 1.6 miles there was another Mt Williard sign for .5 or .6 miles. With sunset coming I did not have the time for the extra leg. This website either needs better directions to the trailhead or to update the hike the 4.4 miles.

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.

Short hike to falls- first part of the trail could even be accessed by wheelchair or with a stroller. Climb up higher on the path to get up to the top of the group of falls. Small waterfalls and natural rock slides - good for all ages but can be very slippery so watch the little ones.
Gets very busy on nice days, go early or go when it’s raining to avoid the crowds.

Great hike! It was rated as moderate (*I see now, 24 hours later that it’s rated as hard) and it definitely was challenging. The views from the top are amazing! The ascent was tough- took us about 2 hours and 45 minutes. It had rained a few times, so the descent was slippery, even with poles. All in all it was 6 miles round trip.

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!

love this app. it keeps you on the trails.

Amazing view, even on the second time around! Took the other side up the mountain this time, got to see the Falls, and encountered some wildlife...

hiking
12 days ago

Definitely a family friendly hike on a well marked, gently sloping trail. Easy for even young children or seniors to climb. Beautiful views of the notch from the top.

hiking
14 days ago

Love this! Amazing views make for a perfect spot for lunch.

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!

Stunningly beautiful hike. Gorgeous forest trails(Weetamoo Trail was especially nice). My threesome hiked the day after 2 days of heavy rains which we thought would be a much bigger problem. Some of the granite face was slippery but over all not as soggy as expected. Will agree with some other reviewers, trail markings can be sporadic. Summit was unfortunately crowded, which I understand considering the awesome 360° views. If you take the Carter Ridge trail as your ascent plan on less then 1mph. ~Get lost!.....go hiking

hiking
14 days ago

So much fun and the view is to die for !

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.

Great hike with an amazing view.

on Mount Willard Trail

16 days ago

Great hike and view at top. 2 streams at beginning to cross and ledges at top that need to be careful with little ones.

Love love love this hike!! The views from the top are amazing and the scrambles were a lot of fun! Definitely will do this again in the future and would highly recommend! :)

Very crowded, couldn’t park. Turned around. Disappointing, as we have hiked here a few years back and enjoyed it thoroughly.

walking
17 days ago

Fun spot! A must stop for a familiy..
Crowdy, parking was full at noon.
And like the other comment please bring back your trash

Well marked until you reach upper elevations, so look carefully for the faded yellow blaze marks and the cairns.
Challenging hike, but worth it. the views are spectacular!

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

hiking
18 days ago

Great, reasonably easy hike, fairly short but challenging enough to feel as if you still accomplished something, and you got a great view at the top! Took us about and hour each way taking our time. Quick warning, however, we went after two days of somewhat raining weather. These are very wet and muddy trails after rain. A couple of places we had to walk through shallow, moving creeks. We had our waterproof hiking shoes so the mud and water didn’t bother us, but saw many people with sneakers struggling to get through the creeks and mud on slippery rocks. This is not a sneaker trail!

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