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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.

Hiked this in 3 hours with my 16yo son (I'm 53). Perfect weather, great views, very little traffic. We got an early start by staying overnight at the AMC lodge at the base. Two sections are still detoured before Hermit Shelter. Last 1/3 is very steep and exposed, so keep an eye on conditions.

Did this trail with a 30 Pound pack, and including the 35 minutes for lunch at the summit it took us, in a group of 3 to do it in about 7 hours. We got to the parking lot at about 10, and stopped many a time along the way up for water. As there is no water source on this peak, one should expect to bring more water than you would normally think. Otherwise I had an excellent time hiking even though it was very strenuous. If you get there late bring a flashlight for hiking in the dark, as the way down can be dangerous if you can't see your footing.

This was an absolutely breath taking hike. It was difficult but definitely worth it. I DO NOT recommend dogs do this hike. The last mile of the hike had jagged rocks which were unstable and not good for the paws.

Amazing trail with beautiful views but thats all good about it. The difficult of the trail is indeed very Hard and this trail never gives a break in terms of flat terrain but its all going up! There are rest rooms at the Hermit Shelter other than the ones at the Pinkham Notch and the summit.

I will admit, my husband and I were not completely prepared for this hike. This is a tough one. Be prepared to do some bouldering as well. I would recommend some hiking sticks if you have some as there are some spots that are tricky. If you are new to hiking I would hold off on doing this trail until you get some others under your belt. It is a beautiful trail and has some amazing views but make sure you are prepared for a workout.

I did the ascent in about 2 hours 30 minuets, but I was booking it. On the decent it took me about 3 hours 30 minuets. There’s a lot of cool features during the hike. Just a reminder that the earlier you start the less tourism you will have to deal with at the top.

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9 days ago

Amazing 360 degree view from summit. Steep climbs at times. Finished in 4.5 hrs. Great views on bugles cliff half way up mountain. Very tough rock climbing right before the summit.

a moderate hike. steady incline with roots and rocks. nothing technical or tricky. one small rock traverse on the Edmunds side after the warning sign.

We did this trail a few weeks ago on a Saturday and it was packed. I saw all levels of ability on the trail. I'd say it was on the high end of moderate to hard, due to the mileage and the downhill climb. I think we forget how different the down hill can be on tired legs. The detours were clearly marked steep dirt roads. I'm glad to have done this in the summer with great views and little, if any, wind at the summit, an unusual occurrence for Mt Washington

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14 days ago

Tough, but worthwhile hike. Fairly easy ascent up until Bulge Cliff, but scrambles become steeper and more frequent soon after. Be prepared to scale some rock on the final push to the summit.

Did the single day point-to-point with 2 staged cars. The weather and wind is no joke, even if all seems calm at the trailhead. Beautiful views, especially along Monticello’s lawn. Perfect time to do it, first weekend of August. Started at 5am.

Great hike. If you bring the dog make sure the dog is tough. The views are awesome.

This was a truly gorgeous hike. I went along the Caps Ridge Trail and it was comfortably populated with other people, always a good thing to have company on the trails. Definitely don't go if it's rained at all as there are several bald faced spots to scramble up. Also, I wouldn't bring a dog unless your pup is well accustomed to difficult hiking. Overall I thought it was a wonderful challenge. I am a fairly experienced hiker and in moderately good shape, I completed this loop in about 4 hours. Happy trails :)

I've just completed this trail yesterday in 9.5 hours including one hour at the summit. I went up Lion Head and came down on Tuckerman Ravine trail. It's my third time up this trail and this was my toughest mainly due to oncoming cramp. It was foggy and cloudy so can't see much at the observatory but the journey was the reward.

Great view at the top! Clear day. Road is closed, but parking lot for Crawford Path remains open. Took us 1:45 mins to get to the top and 1:30 to come down. Didn’t do the loop, just took Crawford path to the summit and back down. Lots of mild rock scrambles (hands are not needed much), but levels off about 1/2 mile before summit! Overall great hike, was tough at times, but I would absolutely do it again.

Brilliant trail. 5 hours up. Very challenging, yet suitable and confidence building for a 7 year old.

The detour up the ski trail places the steepest part at the base. Views past the hut are stunning.

Tough hike! First mile is easy but then it gets pretty steep with some nearly vertical rock scrambles. It’s pretty fun on the way up (you’ll need to climb up some rocks) but difficult on the way down. Just scooted down the steep sections on my butt! Such amazing views! Unfortunately when I went the summit was in the clouds. Would highly recommend!

Incredible views along the ridge.

Awesome hike, we went up via Tuckerman ravine and came down via lions head.
Specially loved the decent, it was very steep and Rocky.

We completed the hike in 9hrs including an hour at the summit for lunch.
It was very foggy at the summit so could not enjoy the view but the journey deserves the rating.

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20 days ago

Great Hike, We hiked up Airline to Shortline including the Subway and returned on the Valley Way. The Subway was a lot of fun with plenty of bouldering in the area. there was a lot of foot traffic at the summit for a Friday and a few dogs with very soar paws (yikes). The trail is very well marked and maintained.

Awesome trail! Totally worth the climb. My dog struggled a little at the end, but it helps if you have a harness with a handle to help them over the real rocky sections.

Very well maintained trail up to the ravine. Took an hour to get to the cabins. Made the mistake of planning to summit after a night at the campsite. Great camping in the valley. Overnight the wind kept me up, sounds like a freight train coming down the ravine. Woke up before dawn exhausted and unable to see 20 yards in front of me through rain and fog. Weather on the summit read 70 knots of wind and 0 visibility. Called it quits and headed the 2.7 easy miles back to base. Moral of the story, never plan on sleep or good weather, if it’s nice weather take the summit your first day. I’ll be back but won’t stay overnight again.

Awesome hike! The trail is 2.6 miles each way and it took us about 2 hours up and 2 hours back. It was a rocky and steep hike so bring appropriate footwear - it’s easy to trip. The trail was also very muddy and wet in some areas so be aware of that. It’s mostly wooded and when it opens up, you have a bunch of big rocks to climb up. So much fun! Gorgeous views from the top. Worth it :)

Did this trail today with wife and two kids ages 4 and 7. Because of the detours it was much steeper than I recalled but we hit the base of tucks in 2 hours. Decided not to go any further because the hike down from the summit would have been too much for all of us and we didn’t have cash to take the hiker shuttle. Love this hike,can’t wait until next year

Seven of us did this hike on Sat, Aug 25. The weather was absolutely perfect, mid-80s, slight breeze, partly cloudy; just excellent t-shirt and shorts temperature. Even the summit was comfortable with a light windbreaker.

That morning, we arrived at the Pinkham Notch visitors center at 8am. By then the parking lot was already full, and cars had already started parking on the shoulder of RT16. We found parking in the overflow lot. After some last minute restroom visits, we started the climb at around 8:30.

The detour sections onto ski trail were steep but manageable. It seemed to take no time for us to get to the Hermit Lake Shelter. After a short rest, we refilled our water bottles, were soon on our way to the waterfall, followed by the infamous headwall. This was a rigorous climb, almost straight up, with alot of sun and little to no shade. At the same time, it offered a breathtaking vista of the ravine. From here you can see the trail all the way back to Hermit Lake, and an unbroken line of hikers that look like ants making their way up the valley. We were also lucky to catch the tail end of the wildflowers in bloom.

The last quarter of the climb involved a rock scramble over large jagged boulders. I’m very thankful for the folks here who suggested gloves, as poles were less useful here. Towards the top, we would stop every 3-5 mins to catch our breath, then muster every last drop of energy we can to burst forth for another 10-15 feet before running out of gas again. Lungs just could not catch enough air. Leg muscles were in rebellion. Mind is just blank with fatigue. We were definitely running on fumes by the time we reached asphalt. Yup, asphalt. We had reached the parking lot at the summit.

And then there were those wretched stairs. Never have I looked at another inanimate object with more disdain. If The One Ring was created with hate, malice, spite, and cruelty, this staircase would be its close cousin.

In any case, the hike up was crowded, as to be expected on such a nice day. And the summit was even more so. The line to take a picture at the highest point with the elevation sign was constantly 50 people thick. In the Sherman Adams building, it was difficult to find a table that we so desperately needed to sit down at. There were lines for the restrooms and lines to refill water. (There were additional restrooms downstairs) And of course the longest line lead to the cafeteria that accepts only cash and served chili dogs, pizza, chips, and ice cream sandwiches.

We spent about 2 hours at the summit resting, eating, exploring, and snapping pictures from the observation deck. The views are as magnificent as foretold. One minute, thick white clouds would roll in an engulf everything. Then clear up 15 mins later.

Eventually we began our descent at 3:30. We were ever so slightly tempted to take the hiker shuttle down, but it is first-come-first-serve, was already full, and we didn’t have enough cash.

The hike back was slow going. Our aching legs and feet had to learn how to climb downwards. With large boulders to circumvent, lose rocks at every other step, and slippery wet surfaces, it was a treacherous endeavor. We opted to take Lions Head trail down expecting an easier more gradual descent. But it was equally difficult with very steep, wet and technical sections.

The trail just went on for what felt like forever, and we hadn’t even reached the halfway point of Hermit Lake. Morale was draining away. Backs were sore, legs were shaking, toes were screaming. One of our group took a tumble, but luckily got back on his feet with some scrapes and bruises.

We made it to the Hermit Lake shelter by 6:30. As we continue downwards, we were losing daylight quick. As some point we decided that it would be better to follow the Sherburne ski route the whole way down instead of following the detour back onto Tuckermans. It was a wider trail and brighter lit, despite have some steep and muddy sections. Hiking poles definitely helped here. The sun did set at 7:33 and flashlights came out 15 mins later. Unfortunately not all of us were prepared with lights, so depending in poor visibility slowed us down even more. Thankfully, no one tripped and we got back to the trailhead at 8:05, with just enough light to make it back to the car.

It took us 5 hours 15 mins to reach the summit and 4 hours 45 mins to make our way back down. It was an excellent trail, with good variation, amazing views, and ultimately a great time with good friends.

Key takeaways:
1/ With water refill stations at the Hermit Lake and the summit, do not over pack on water, it will just weigh and wear you down.

2/ Start early, at perhaps 7am. Not only do you get more daylight use, you have a better chance to get a decent parking spot.

3/ Never go hiking without a flashlight or headlamp. Never.

4/ Bring cash.

5/ Poles and gloves recommended.

This was a great hike although it was very difficult. We started at 9:30am and hiked up to the Lakes of the Clouds Hut by 12:30/1pm. We took a break and then hiked up to Mt. Washington. Did not do the peak of Mt. Monroe. The views are incredible and the waterfalls are beautiful! We started hiking back from Mt. Washington at 4pm and made it to the car by 7:45pm.

Would definitely not do this hike in bad weather. The terrain can definitely be slippery and tough to navigate. Very sharp inclines with large boulders!

My one feedback is regarding this being dog friendly. There were a lot of dogs on the trail and most (like my dog) were unleashed except when we got to the huts. The first 1/3 of the hike was definitely doable for my very fit dog, but it definitely got very difficult for him. By the time we were heading back it was obvious he was in pain and ended up hurting the pads on his paws. There was also blood on the trail when we were hiking back and we suspected it was most likely a dog. It’s a great hike, but would definitely not bring my dog again on this one.

I hiked this trail with my boyfriend on 8/26. It was a beautiful day with clear blue sky. There are two detours which takes you on a ski trail and it’s a little bit steep. The overall hike is amazing and gets beautiful as you hike up. The path along the waterfalls was my favorite part of the hike. I highly recommend this hike!

Gorgeous views. A few detours this year, but still a great hike overall.

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