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Hiked up to the hut at the base of the ravine on 1/06/19, ended up in a mini blizzard but that was the best part, the beauty was breathtaking. Of course we had the right clothing and used spikes for the fresh snow. Lots of people to the hut, but most opted not to go on due to weather conditions, 105 mile winds reported at the top. Even at the hut they were about 30, the air changed right there and the temperature dropped to felt like 20 below. That was far enough for us!

First half of the hike was a steady incline with several small Brooks to navigate. Views to the right of the trails, through the trees were great! You only get them in the winter. Once you get about a 1/2 mile from the peak be prepared for a work out! Plenty of snow and ice make it a slow ascent. Spikes are a must! There are several sets of stairs to assist you in the steepest parts. The views at the top make it all worth it! Fantastic views of Washington in the distance! In the snow, give yourself a good 5-51/2 hours to complete the climb (we started at the rt 302 lot) Snow in some areas was at least 4-5' deep. Hard work,but enjoyable!

Excellent hike, did it with my friend Chadd in about six hours, with breaks as needed. Slid down the flume side. Formidable! Happy New Year 2019.

scenic driving
21 days ago

12/31/18 - Zealand Rd closed right at 302 with no parking, trailhead is inaccessible. Five stars given only because I didn’t want to negatively review the trail.

Hiked on June 27. Nearly 8 hours with a 45 minute break at summit. Perfect weather, not windy. Note that Tuckerman’s ravine was closed once you got to the lion’s head trail, so that was the only option. On the return, the flies started chasing us and no amount of bug spray could deter them. Challenging, but lovely throughout with many views.

This is one my favorite hikes of all time! It begins in a hardwood forest, continues through and alpine zone, and finishes in a huge boulder field. It is by far the most complete hiking experience I’ve done on the east coast. I suggest starting early, if you plan on completing the entire loop before dark.

Visually it is a stunning trail. Once you get to the alpine zone you can see how the glaciers meticulously carved this landscape, years ago. The boulder field at the top of the mountain is other worldly and really takes some thought to get through. My buddy and I really had an adventure on this hike!

The last thing to consider is the weather. We did this trail in late July and had great weather until... the boulder field! When we reached this zone a storm rushed in bringing thick fog, hail, and a quick 20 degree drop in temperature. Make sure to layer and bring a hat and gloves, even in the summer.

Fun boulder scramble and great views!

hiking
1 month ago

12/8/18 Trail journal with conditions, photos, and gear list up at packandpeak.com now.

Plan a two or three day stay, the weather pattern changes by the hour.

hiking
1 month ago

Conquered this hike yesterday! Starts out as a moderate grade then becomes quite steep the last mile. Micro Spikes a must at the higher elevations. Beautiful views at the 2 outlooks near the summit.

hiking
1 month ago

Favorite hike for years, first hiked around 12yo

Hard but worth it every step of the , MT. Washington , MT Zealand are all worth it the view is incredible

Nice winter hike with some sneak peaks of the rock pile.
There was about 6 inches of snow on the peak and a little ice on the upper 500 feet of the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Moderate hike with some steeper sections in the final third. There were ladders going over the steepest sections. The summit itself is entirely wooded with a small cairn. However, there is a nice outlook right before the summit itself. Most of the hike was icy/packed snow, so micro spikes are definitely recommended.

Awesome must-do hiking experience.

hiking
2 months ago

Went yesterday. Started out on Ethan Pond Trail and then went up Mt. Willey. Summit is a pile of rocks in the tree lines. There's was very little snow and ice on the ground. In the first 1.6 miles, lots of fallen leaves. The section after has the snow/ice. It was a good hike. Moderate in the beginning and steep near the top. You have to climb up roughly 6 man-made ladders. Because of snow and ice while climbing them.

One of my "go-to" trails in the Northeast!! Absolutely amazing!

Sweet little hike

Deceptively easy at first, the ascent was steep and slippery. Probably one of the toughest climbs in the area. Views at the top are great. My recommendation would be to go up Mt Flume and down from Mt Liberty.

Low 30s, I thought it was perfect weather for hiking. Got warmed up once we got moving and don’t stay too long in one place because you will get cold! Gloves/mittens were a must. Hiked in this order: Avalon, Field, willey, then Tom. Went the wrong way passing willey adding an extra mile but we did the whole thing including breaks in about 8 hours. Got to feed a bird at the top of mount field! Bring bird seed! The three 4000 footers did not have good views but Avalon was very pretty. Personally wouldn’t hike it again but glad to get 3 4000 footers out of the way.

hiking
3 months 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.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail gets very steep, very fast. If you want a 4000fter they give it to you, quickly. The trail takes you straight up rocks but opens up to some amazing lookouts before reaching the gondola at Wildcat. It was a cloudy/foggy day for our group, which made the hike a bit more mentally challenging because you couldn't quite place where you were. A lot of up and down to get to all the peaks. Overall, good trail and would recommend especially on a clear day. Tough trail but worth the views! If you have time, I suggest also hiking Lost Pond at the bottom of this trail head.

Hiked the flume slide trail today with my experienced hiking dog, unfortunately the rocks were soaked and we both slipped... a lot. Must say the trail is very well marked up until the rock scrambles, so be cautious of that if you chose to walk along the trail which it appeared many have done. Overall if we didn’t summit in the clouds then the hike would’ve been VERY rewarding. Just know it’s very difficult for that last.. maybe 0.8 mile section before you reach flume summit.

Liberty springs was awesome, we were able to run the whole day down without any incidents, even with soaking wet rocks. That last leg of the hike on whitehouse is painfully boring and lasts forever.

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.

Very nice hike. We started by going to the waterfalls, which were great. Then headed up to the summit. Which has a very scenic lookout just before the peak. I would say it was a moderate trail which has wooden stairs/ladders over the steepest sections. Not a ton of long overly steep shoots.

Out and back in about 2 hrs and 45 min. Keeps a steady stair-like incline. No view at the top, but it’s a straight-forward path and the quickest 4,000 ft white hike I’ve found. Perfect for a rainy day, or in my case a beautiful day with a really late start. Started at 3:30PM and finished 3 minutes before sunset at 6:15PM. A bit slippery from a couple small creek crossings, especially on the downhill, so finish it before dark!

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.

A great all around hike with different terrain throughout. Some narrow spots, lots of mud but a good day hike. A few river crossings too for a pup to cool off in.

For those wanting a view — not many look out points but the one at Mount Willey is stunning especially in the fall.

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!

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