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16 days ago

It's hard to judge these trails this year. The amount of snowfall affects all aspects of the hike. For me the trail was mostly packed. Its a gradual ascent from the base to the last half mile. The last mile to the summit hadn't been attempted since the last snowfall. So it began with 4 inches of loose snow on packed base. Then became deep snow (couldn't tell trail from not)... Snowshoes went on about point 7 miles from the summit. The summit was very cold with temps in the negative double digits. The view of the Franconia ridge was epic. I really enjoyed my hike up Garfield. I would definitely recommend it any time of year.

on Mount Garfield Trail

1 month ago

Started in the parking lot with beautiful fall foliage and peaked at the top in 6 inches of snow! Gorgeous but I recommend bringing spikes and poles. Round trip in 5 1/2 hours. Gate still open.

hiking
1 month ago

Used this trail today to attempt to summit Madison (and maybe Adams) after slogging through a few feet of snow to the Madison Spring Hut I had to turn back. The conditions were not conducive to summiting solo. You win this round Madison. The Valley Way trail was a great fall/winter option as it provides a lot of protection from the wind. I had a great time despite being 4/10s of a mile from summiting and having to turn back. Can't wait to get back up there.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike even without being able to see any views at the top due to weather. I thought this trail was a steady climb from almost beginning to end. Not hard but a constant climb. I’ll definitely do this one again with my dogs

Great hike. Beautiful trek up through woods. A little stream crossing at the start but nothing too bad. The summit was very cold and windy when I went in mid October but was worth the hike.

I found this hike much tougher than I was expecting having read the reviews prior to the hike. The climb is steady and unrelenting the whole way, and of course, the last section is very steep. I recommend it, but it’s not easy.

hiking
2 months ago

Steady climb. Not super hard but some scrambling.

hiking
2 months ago

NICE WIDE TRAIL NOT MANY ROCKS. MANY BROOK CROSSINGS.AND IS UP ALL THE WAY. THE BEST VIEW IS AT THE CABIN. IT IS TIME FOR THE FOREST SERVICE TO TAKE SOME TREES DOWN TO IMPROVE VIEW OF MT. WASHINTON.

hiking
2 months ago

Trail is typically pretty rough above tree line. At times lost the trail between cairns. Lower section is due for some maintenance. Still beats driving to the top!

hiking
2 months ago

beautiful and fun hike, would do this one again. favorites

hiking
2 months ago

Fairly simple short uphill walk- seems kind of desperate to include it on the 52 WAV list.

One of the easier 4000 footers in NH for sure! Only the last .2 of a mile were steep otherwise it was a relatively modest climb all the way up. We had a spectacular 360 degree view at the top!

Ambitious group of intermediate and beginner hikers. Definitely more than we expected but 100% worth the trek, lifetime memories. Took detour to Tuckerman’s to Huntington’s. Immediately appreciated so much less foot traffic on Huntington’s. We encountered 5 other hikers on our trip. Straight forward in the beginning following a stream and cool water features. Easy going all the way up as you get to the end of the tree line. Weave and duck your way through a rock slide and now the real “fun begins.”
The boulder pile was challenging but fun. It almost feels like a puzzle as you find the best way to sprawl up. Make sure you pay attention to the trail markers, especially the further you go up. They often directed the best spots to ascend. Still some wild flowers out along the stream. The most challenging/ exciting part was traversing the slab. This was unique for everyone and was basically rock climbing. Between this, climbing some chimneys and the heights, some nerves were frayed in the group.
Eventually you get to the “stairs” and reach the real reward and what feels like the true summit for those who hiked. Views and feels for days. We had awesome weather and visibility. Happy with the extra layers and hats we brought. One last trek through what felt like endless rocks but in no time you are united with everyone who drove up. In total it took us 6 hrs to ascend with a ton of breaks and safety first with the sprawl/ climb. Take your time and pack accordingly. Look forward to taking this route again next time I climb Mt Wash

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike. Very moderate for NH 4,000 footer. Took about 5.5 hours with lunch break at top. 10 miles out and back and very gradual until last brief push to the summit.

Pretty easy/moderate until the last 0.2 miles which is a steep push to the summit. There's another great lookout point about 100 yards after the summit.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail and dog friendly. Only brings you the the hut, so be prepared to hike another 1.5 or so and gain a bit more elevation if you want to summit Washington.

A really good hike for a family and/or with dogs. Relatively easy and consistent climb due to the way the trail was built. A bit annoying descent as you get to the nine and 10 mile mark. The view on top is gorgeous.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a great trail and I found it to be very rigorous. Great views on a clear day as we had one on 8-24-18. You will have to use ‘all fours’ numerous times on the boulders but it’s well worth it. My wife and I hike from the parking lot of the Cog Railway to the Mt Washington summit and took the train back. We’re in our late 40s, a little out of shape but used to hiking. It took us about 4 hours to hike to the summit. We did take time to enjoy the views, take pictures, eat lunch and visit with several hikers. We probably could have done it in about 3-3.5 had we just stopped to rest. I would recommend the Jewell Trail to those not ready to climb over boulders on all fours. It will Take you to the summit as well but it’s much less difficult. All Trails rates the Ammonoosuc as moderate. It’s on the hard side of moderate to be sure. Enjoy and happy hiking!

Wanted a non strenuous 4000 footer and this delivered! Appreciated the long flat parts and amazing views at the top. Did get kinda bored along the way at points ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

hiking
3 months ago

Easy in the 4000 footer sense. Not truly flat the entire way as others indicate here but a gradual ascent. Views at the top are spectacular but it was unbelievably crowded when we summited. The day we went (a week ago) one women sprained her ankle - might have been because of the overly wet conditions. Trail was almost all water the entire way after a week of heavy rains.

hiking
3 months ago

Climbed Mt Washington via Jewell trail back and forth. Weather was not terrible, it did get cold at the summit from 80 at the base to 45 F at the summit. But it was August. So do bring warm gear. We were prepared for the hard hike, so didn’t come unexpected. Views are breathtaking. It’s actually 5 miles from Ammonoosuc Ravine trailhead to the summit of Mt Washington one-way. The trail is poorly marked once above tree line on the boulders area with only cairns to guide you. We were lucky there were plenty of people on the trial just to see where we need to be. Otherwise, hard to follow the trail in that area. There are blue marks on the rocks in some places, but don’t use them as your orienteer. Views are breathtaking, well worth it. Alpine area was very exposed but breathtaking.
Be mindful that there is another entrance to this trail just past Cog Railway station, but there is no bridge. And you wouldn’t want to get you feet wet before strenuous hike ahead. We wasted an hour looking for a head trail and inquiring,until we headed back to Ammonoosuc Ravine trailhead. To get into Cog Railway parking is $10, so if you at that point- you need to turn around and drive down about 0.4 miles on 302 until you see parking for Ammonoosuc Ravine on the left. Fee is $5, come early- small lot.

We hiked up Tuckermans and heeded the detours and returned via the same route. What an accomplishment climbing rock over rock! The best part of the day were the views and the 88 ye old woman hiking up with her 3 sons. We met her just as we started out descent! Amazing day with friends

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike. Very gradual at the beginning and then the last 100 yards or so was a steep climb but SO worth it! 360 views at the top. Beautiful. We started late (1:30pm) and finished at 7:30pm... INCLUDING our 1 hour break. So our hike was 5 hours total from beginning to end (not including break time). I used hiking poles.. and I also wore hiking sandals which I feel slowed me down because there are some rocky parts. Next time I will wear my hiking boots.

Went up Tuckermans and down Huntington this past Monday (07/30)... definitely a challenge descending Huntington's, but can be done. Take your time going down Huntington's and avoid it if it's wet. Had a few spots where the blazes were hard to find. Going up Tuckermans be was straight forward. The detour gets your heart pumping pretty fast and was pretty muddy and potentially slippery in spots.

hiking
4 months ago

This was a quick way to get off of Mt Madison in a stormy situation. You're quickly below treeline from the Madison Spring Hut. It's an easy, albeit quite steep, descent.

Great trail. Challenging but not hard if you are in shape/athletic. There is some pretty steep faces that are essentially rock climbing more than hiking

Good trail just wasn’t well marked at times. If you are patient it’s worth the challenge

hiked down Mr Washington with scout troop to clog railroad station. a little long but not too steep we had a few new boys to hiking. of course it rained half way down. some great views before fog came it good trail for new hikers

This is one of our favorite trails on Mt. Washington.

Very intense trail. The beginning was closed off due to a bridge being repaired. Once on the trail the crowds of people vanished and the scenery was amazing. Following a stream most of the time. The boulders were alot of fun and a local told me to go straight up the left side instead of following the trail. This worked out perfectly. The cliff climb was the best part. This was the closest to rock climbing ive ever done. Highly recommend the trail.

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