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This was my first time hiking this trail, highly recommend giving it a try. Phone battery died when we reached the hut.

Did it in June tough haul, and in Feb to hermits hut, pack snow temp in 40’s easy like a paved highway and going down on soft pack edges easier!

on Mount Katahdin Loop

1 month ago

Strenuous, but very fulfilling! I’ve climbed this mountain twice. It’s life-changing. Do it..

Completed July 2017. Took Tuckerman’s Ravine to Lion Head Trail and onward to summit Mt. Washington. Breathtaking views. Hard trail, cloudy at the summit, with clouds breaking slightly.

2 months ago

This was one of the more memorable hikes of my life. I did it late in the season (knifes edge had just iced over a bit), and was the only one on the mountain. And no bugs! I would highly recommend doing this early winter, if of course the park ranger says it’s not too dangerous. There aren’t many days in life that are memorable, but I’d imagine for most that hiking this mountain is one.

I have done this hike countless times and it never gets old.

This hike was a ton of fun! Completed it on 12/2/17. Decided to do Sawteeth as well. Our route went as follows: parked at the Ausable Club and hiked up Lake Road to the dam at the Northern end of Lower Ausable Lake where we crossed the bridge and began our ascent. Hiked up to the trail junction where we turned left to first summit Sawteeth. Around 8" of snow at the summit there. Then, we headed back to the split and went up toward Gothics via Pyramid. On this trail there was over a foot of snow the entire way (already!!) with drifts up to 2 feet. Made some hot cocoa up tip and had a near-death experience as I slipped and fell and slid at the peak of Gothics. If it weren't for a rock sitting on the summit I would've slid right off the peak. Word to the wise: ALWAYS WEAR SPIKES AT EXPOSED SUMMITS. Overall a great hike that ended up being about 18 miles round-trip.

Loved each and every step. I completed this with a friend and a dog. My friend who joined me, isn’t the most physically gifted or conditioned, however, I don’t know a person who is mentally tougher and that’s exactly what it takes for inexperienced climbers to summit. We hopped on the trail around 830 am and got off the trail, back to the lot around 5. It was a long one indeed but once we completed it, the euphoric feeling was indescribable. Yes, once we finished. We were to exhausted to enjoy the top and we were committed to hike back down. This is also a great hike if you have a badass dog. But let me be clear. Get them hiking shoes for their paws!!! My girl ripped her paws open and struggled getting down but again, mental toughness! Above all, if you want views, in my opinion, I thought Franconia ridge to Lafayette was more, ‘picturesque’. But if you want to test your will and challenge your body, Mt. Washington all day!

Hiked back in early august. Arrived around 9 am and found out that parking was quite a bitch. However we found a spot and headed up the trail. Rocky scramble throughout most of the hike with great viewpoints at the bowl and summit. The last stretch of the trail was insane and the hardest hiking I have yet come to face.

4 months ago

Best view I’ve ever seen. Make sure to go on a day with good weather or you won’t even be able to see the view and path can get narrow. If you go in late summer you might be lucky enough to see some Thru Hikers! Took us about 3 1/2 hours total up the AT trail and down knives edge. May take longer and we were in top shape.

We took this trail down in late October. We are average level hikers and it took us less than 4 hours. 2 hours of it was after sunset w flashlights. The closer to the summit, the more difficult it is w the terrain, rocks, small streams, and overall decline. Make sure to start the hike early, dress in warm layers, and bring a flashlight in case it takes longer to hike than expected. Hiking boots are a must because of the terrain.

4 months ago

Views were breathtaking - worth the difficult hike. It took us 5 hours to reach the summit on this trail in late October. We are average level hikers who took many stops for pictures.
**Leave early, bring warm layers, prepare for wind speed changes, terrain changes, and pack a flashlight if it gets dark before you finish. Hiking boots are a must bc of terrain**
The top of the summit has a cafeteria and restrooms. Many non-hiker visitors here. Also there’s a train that takes you down (to only one side of the mountain where not all parking lots are).

We went Monday, October 23 perfect weather, my husband and I and our husky. I wouldn’t recommend taking a dog and like they are experienced in hiking - which ours is so he did it very well.

Overall the trip was awesome we started around 12 o’clock and finish around 5 PM . 2 1/2 up in 2 1/2 hours down.

My only complaint is obviously when you get to the top it is a bummer having that tram service because there is people up there that did not hike up the mountain, but the positive note is a nice bowl of chili on top after hiking!

The tuckerman ravine trail was pretty but the loop in its entirety was just ok considering the effort put in to it. The views were nice but not the best I’ve seen in the white mountains. Hiking up to Mt. Washington summit is a challenge and it’s quite an accomplishment however, the auto road that allows people to drive to the top spoils the joy when a hiker reaches the summit. The views are obstructed by parking lots and buildings and there’s people all over the place budging in front of you and being rude which is not something you want after a 4,000 ft incline.

My boyfriend and I went in early July of 2017. We did not get there earlier enough to complete the trail and walk along knifes edge. It was an incredible trail with awesome scenery. Living in MO I was blown away by the beauty of Maine and what this trail offered.
It was very rainy the day we went, hiking poles would have been nice. We were unsure on what to expect on this trail and if we ever get the chance to return will be more prepared.

Incredible views! Well worth the difficult hike!

The views from Mt. Williams, Mt. Greylock, and Stony Ledge were amazing! The hike took us longer to complete than I expected which led us hiking the last bit after Stony Ledge in the dark. I would normally be miffed at this, but thankfully there is very little light pollution in the area letting us have an amazing view of the stars once we left the woods all the way to the parking lot.

Bring plenty of water, and the lodge at the top of Greylock has a tap for hikers if you're needing to refill. We didn't really come across other hikers until Mt. Fitch and Greylock. Can't wait to do it again!

5 months ago

We went from Pinkham Notch to Boott Spur Trail, continued on past the summit onto Davis Path to Crawford Path to Mount Washington, then went down Tuckerman's. 9.2 miles total. It was great to avoid the crowds on Tuckerman's and Boott Spur was amazing - what views! You're completely above treeline for most of it and then after the summit have a nice flat stretch on Davis for a while before Crawford's Path. From there you can see the lines of people trying to get up Lion's Head. All in all highly recommend taking Crawford's because it allows you to travel up Washington's backside, avoiding the unsightly views of an auto road, parking lot and trolley.

Such a beautiful hike dudes

The foliage was at its peak and temps were very comfortable to start with. On the way up Tuckermans Ravine the temps dropped steadily, with wind gusts and sheets of fog. When I started to get wet and cold.I put on a wool jersey, cycling windbreaker, gloves, and wool hat and instantly felt better. I had a down jacket and a couple of space blankets just in case! I stayed at the summit lodge just long enough to take a picture and refill my water bottle. As I progressed down Lionhead trail it got warmer and off came the layers. I wouldn't recommend descending Tuckermans because there is nothing to grab on the way down, and the boulders are huge. Also, wool clothing is the best! The entire hike took just over 4 hours starting from Pinkham Lodge, under ideal conditions and no rest breaks, but this isn't typical so allow yourself more time. The views were amazing!

5 months ago

A Gothic Adventure:
Adirondack Park, in Upstate New York, is six million acres of beautiful mountains and lakes, an area so big that Glacier, Yosemite, the Great Smokies, Yellowstone, and the Grand Canyon National Parks could fit inside it. There are over 2000 miles of hiking trails in the Adirondack Park, the largest trail system in the US. Adirondack Mountains, which lie in-side the park, are growing faster than the Himalayas, one foot every 100 years. Hike Peaks Wilderness area has some of the highest peaks in the park, over 4000 feet in elevation. One such peak is Gothics Mountain, at 4734 feet, with its sheer rock face resembling Gothic architecture.
We decided to hike Gothics mountain on August 12th and began researching the various trails leading up to the peak. Hiking up to Pyramid mountain via Weld trail and then to the summit of Gothics was the shortest route up. For coming down we decided upon the relatively gentler but longer Beaver Meadow trail, making it roughly 6 miles round-trip hike with nearly 4000 ft of elevation change. Now, the access to these trails is from Ausable Club, which adds another 6 miles or so of relatively flat terrain to the total hike. This would prove to be more tiring later!
On a cloudy Friday afternoon, with thunderstorms in the forecast for Saturday, 4 of us left on a six-hour drive to St. Huberts NY, where we had booked a cottage for two nights. We reached our destination just as the evening light was fading away. After a quick dinner at a local diner we were in our beds, checking the weather forecast once again for the next day. It called for afternoon thunderstorms so we decided to get an early start to our hike.
By 6 AM we were out on the road, driving to a small parking area for Giant Mountain, Roaring Brook Falls, just 5 minutes away from our cottage. Once we made sure we had all our hiking gear from the car, we crossed the road to enter the Ausable club access way. After about 0.5 miles of walking by a golf course and some tennis courts, we reached a ranger station where we signed in at about 6:30 AM. Then we passed through a gate to get to an unpaved road which would lead us to the trailhead. Lake road, as it is appropriately called, goes up to Lower Ausable Lake. We reached the lake by 8 AM and took some pictures of the beautiful surroundings. Then we crossed a wooden bridge, overlooking a dam, to get to the actual start of the hike.
The trail quickly became rocky, as we proceeded through the woods. We made a quick side-stop to Rainbow Falls, which is 150 feet of cascades in a narrow gorge. Back on the trail, it was a steady incline all the way. Soon the rocks became larger and the trail steeper. Around 10 AM we reached the intersection of Pyramid and Sawteeth mountain trails. We turned right towards Pyramid mountain as we were engulfed by clouds. The vegetation was more arctic and in certain spots our only hope of climbing up was to hold on to the trees and push ourselves up. We were on our fours by this time and the trail was very arduous. After an hour and a half of relentless climbing we reached Pyramid Mountain whose summit was a large smooth rock amongst the dense vegetation. The surrounding view was blocked by clouds but we got some glimpses whenever there was a break in the clouds. We could see the sharp rock slides beneath us and the series of lakes in the distance. The view was hallucinogenic.
After a brief halt where we rested our tired backs, it was off towards the summit of Gothics. The trail descended over the col and then climbed steeply again. We were dealing with a muddy trail from earlier rain and it was tricky to circumvent the wet sections. By 12:30 PM we finally reached the summit of Gothics mountain. Perched on the rocks was another hiker who had climbed over from the other side on a trail that involves chains.
This was a good spot for a lunch break, though I found it tough to eat anything due to dryness in my throat. We all made phone calls to our family members and even did FaceTime to share the incredible view from above. By this time the clouds had rolled away for us to enjoy the view. After half an hour, we slowly headed down by Beaver Meadow trail.
Going downhill posed its own unique challenges. The muddy trail and slippery rocks made the going very slow as we would cautiously approach each turn. A small misstep could send us hurtling down the steep sides. We held on to vegetation for support at each step. Some larger rock sections had wooden ladders placed over them to make it easier to climb. We crossed bogs of mud as we slowly continued our descent. This trail is more frequented and we met groups of people heading up the way. By this time, we had split into two groups and as usual I ended up bringing up the rear. My bodybuilder friend who had kept up with the pace so far had started cramping in his left leg and found going downhill tougher.
After a long couple of hours, we reached a trail junction where the other two hik

Three Men and a Mountain:
Mt. Washington in New Hampshire is the highest peak in the Northeastern United States, with notoriously unpredictable weather up top. At 6288 feet elevation it doesn't seem that formidable, but being in the path of various storm tracks the temperature at the summit can plummet in a few hours. Snow squalls have occurred even during the summer months and it has recorded some of the highest wind speeds on the planet. With an exposed ridge above the tree line, there is constant fear of being blown off course by powerful winds. So a hike to the summit can easily turn deadly if not timed well. And yet it is one of the most visited peaks, thanks to an auto-road and a cog-rail which go all the way to the top.
Since my brother had climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro earlier this year and could not join me, I asked a few of my friends about hiking to the summit of Mt. Washington. Eventually two of them would make the trip with me. We picked late-July/early-August for the hike as it posed the least probability of bad weather. We planned to drive to White Mountains region in New Hampshire and hike the next day, keeping an extra day as rain-date. In preparation for the big hike, we all did some short hikes in our local area but it didn't fully prepare us for what was to come.
We left on a sunny Saturday morning, arriving in Gorham, New Hampshire after 8-9 hours of driving through some scenic roads. We checked into our hotel and decided to pay a quick visit to the trailhead which is near Pinkham Notch Visitor Center. At the visitor center we talked to a ranger about our hiking plans for the next day. The ranger recommended us to climb up by Tuckerman Ravine trail but hike down via Lion Head trail, the reason being that Lion Head trail has more trees to hold on to while coming down. With a steep gradient to hike, it seemed like a good advice at that time.
The weather forecast for the next day was cloudy with a chance of afternoon showers, so we had to make an early start. We loaded up on carbs at a local restaurant and made a quick stop to get some supplies for our hike, before heading back to our hotel. We made sure our backpacks were packed before calling it a day. After a snoring fest through the night when we each tried to outdo the others, we woke up at 4:30 AM the next morning and quickly got ready for the hike. It took us a short twenty minutes’ drive before we reached the trailhead by 6 AM. There was enough sunlight through the cloud cover so we didn't need to carry headlamps, but we did carry rain-gear in case of rain.
Soon we were on the Tuckerman Ravine trail which in a short 4.2 miles would take us over 4250 feet of elevation gain. The trail was wide and clearly identifiable. But it was all rocks so it made it tough on our feet. We took a few minutes break at regular intervals as we adjusted to each other’s hiking speed. The first couple of miles was a steady climb, crossing streams over wooden bridges, until we reached Hermit Lake shelter in little over an hour.
Some hikers were heading down and we asked them about their hike. They had tried to summit during the night but it got so cold that they had to spend the night at the shelter before turning back. They were definitely not dressed adequately which is a common mistake many hikers make when they start off on a sunny day. We took a long pit stop as we contemplated our hike ahead. Up ahead we could see the sheer walls of Tuckerman Ravine with no clear way to climb. Another hiker pointed us to the route through some trees and we resumed our hike.
Hermit Lake is a small alpine lake at the bottom of the ravine where we took some pictures. The trail got steeper and very soon we found ourselves above the tree line. By now we were catching our breath after every few steps due to the steep incline. But this was not the hardest section of the hike as we later found out. It took us a couple of hours to climb up the ravine. Somehow my impression was that once we climb to the ridge line it would be a gentle hike to the top from that point on. But on the ridge we were confronted with a huge field of boulders that we had to climb over. We put away our hiking sticks and at times were on all fours as we scrambled over the boulders. The youngest in our group fared better as he pulled ahead and showed the way. After another mile and 1000 feet of elevation gain we made it to the top, in under 4.5 hours.
Up at the top there was no great sense of accomplishment as we soon found ourselves amidst a horde of tourists who had either driven or taken the cog train. We spent plenty of time taking pictures as we rested for the return hike. Clouds would roll in at regular intervals and the threat of rain was always there. Fortunately the cloud cover had worked to our advantage, as hiking above the tree line under direct sun would have made the hike more exhausting. Also, we didn't get the dreaded winds that are so common on the ridge. After a couple of hours of en

great trail, challenging at times. used the boot spur link to get over yo tuckermans. had to use all 4 limbs some. but way better views faster than youd get on another trail and less people.

We found it difficult but rewarding. I got to the summit late in the day and took the shuttle back to the trail head $26 pp

Easy walk till the Hermit shelter, and then extremely challenging from there to the top ! Super fun, really enjoyed the trek. Do not carry very heavy baggage. Carry adequate water, though there is a hand pump where a lot of people refilled their bottles. The view from the peak is worth the effort. We completed the trek in 4hrs, 15 mins.

We actually left out of the Garden parking lot and went up Saddleback and then Gothics. We hit some downpour at the stairs and some of the slopes were a little tricky due to the amount of water, but it was still a great time. We went with some newer people and they did not move as fast as we were hoping... we tried to go back the south side of the river to save some time, but we got to a point where the trail was washed out. We later saw that warning on the sign at the split... we all missed it on the way out. Saddleback had great views at the top - the wind was whipping but the clouds were flowing over the mountains pretty quickly. We were in a cloud on top of Gothics so no view but fun to climb the ropes in the fog. Overall a great fairly challenging hike.

5 months ago

"EPIC!!! Just EPIC!!!"

To all the people who are in love with hiking and living in the eastern part of North America, you sure don't want to miss the opportunity to hike this amazing mountain that is the Mt Katahdin! What an adventure! I woke up at 04h30am on a Saturday of August and I was the first to put my name on the sheet at the ranger station that day! Perfect weather, all geared up with my backpack and my gopro, nothing was going to stop me from reaching the top! WOW, what a view!!!

5 months ago

October 2, 2017, Totally spectacular views during an extremely difficult hike. Took 13 hours on a beautiful sunny day, tshirt weather. Did the loop

First mile and half is fairly easy. once past the halfway stop, the trail becomes very rocky going up steeply. The trail mostly becomes a small boulder field for approx. 2 miles to the summit, which includes a small walk to the High point of NH. It was strenous. and i occasionally used my hands. The trail is rated "Class 1- strenuous" by Don Holmes U.S State Highpoints.

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