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1 day ago

I don't know what to say here....we summit-ed via Tuckerman's and descended via Crawford, Davis, Camel and Boott Spur. I hated it. I absolutely hated Boott Spur. My knees were KILLING me and I don't have knee issues and am an experienced hiker. I was honestly brought to tears by the end. It is a VERY long and steep trail, which forces you to do some butt sliding.....but mostly just bigs steps down, over and over. Maybe it's time to get some knee braces :/

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1 day ago

I don't know what to say here....we summit-ed via Tuckerman's and descended via Crawford, Davis, Camel and Boott Spur. I hated it. I absolutely hated Boott Spur. My knees were KILLING me and I don't have knee issues and am an experienced hiker. I was honestly brought to tears by the end. It is a VERY long and steep trail, which forces you to do some butt sliding.....but mostly just big steps down, over and over. Maybe it's time to get some knee braces :/

Amazing hike! We took Tuckerman's up...took Crawford to Camel to Davis to Boott Spur down. DO NOT DO BOOTT SPUR...EVER. For the love of God it sucked. Crawford/Came/Davis is some of the most beautiful hiking I have ever don...gorgeous. It sort of meanders a long the ridge. Boott Spur is what plummets you down the mountain and it is looooooong and very hard on the knees. Took forever. We should have just gone back down Tuckerman's.

challenging but beautiful.

We hiked up Tuckerman's and down Lion's Head on a day with perfect weather. Tuckerman's was a challenging trail. Unfortunately there was a detour up muddy, steep inclines for the first part which wasn't enjoyable, but past the detour up to the hut was a nice hike. After the hut (which is a great spot for a snack and water refill) the trail becomes very steep and rocky, climbing quickly around a waterfall. Views on this part of the trail are breathtaking. After the ravine you are above tree line and essentially bouldering. I did not find this part of the hike enjoyable as it was incredibly steep, treacherous footing, and exhausting. The views made it bearable. For those who get caught in weather along this part of the trail the cairns are spaced close together for safety, but I highly recommend planning this hike around the best weather possible. Hiking up to the summit and back to the trailhead in one day was exhausting and became a full day trip. For anyone attempting this hike I recommend packing plenty of food, extra layers, dry socks to change into at the summit, money (if you want food, souvenirs, or a ride down the mountain), wear good hiking shoes (NOT sneakers), bring hiking poles if you have them, a first aid kit with moleskin, and plenty of water (you can refill at the hut and at the summit; both my hiking partner and I went through 4+ liters each for the round trip). Reaxhing the summit was a hugh acomplishment! Overall, it was a hike I may try again but I would plan on camping out at the hut or taking the shuttle down as doing it all in one day was ambitious. Good luck to anyone interested in this trail, and hike smart.

Great hike. I guess I got a good day. No rain, low cloud, strong winds for the last hour. but a fairly comfortable hike. Terrain makes it slow-going but luckily (for me) no real exposure or sense of plummeting off the mountain. Must be much harder on a stormy wet day, for sure. Just over 3 hours (3-30 inc. breaks)

Steep and challenging but well worth the views! Loved this hike

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.

exhausting but beautiful. Great hike with family or friends.

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8 days ago

New England hiking at its best. This is a long approach to the summit of Mt. Washington. It offers excellent 360 degree views. The trail along the ridge is of course rocky. It took 4 hours to reach the summit. Conditions were ideal. If you have the time and prefer less trail traffic, this is the path to explore.

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.

Great trail. Very quiet and perfect workout!

I did the Marion Davis Trail up. Very muddy from the rain the night before. If you're hiking anytime soon, make sure you wear some good hiking boots. I ended up just walking down the road instead of the trail due to the mud and slippery rocks. The summit has some nice views. Just try to ignore the parking lot, at the top

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!

This was as difficult a hike as I have done in a while. Airline is much more steep and straight than Valley Way. Packs were lighter because we were staying at Madison Hut; lucky us. This hike was totally worth it though. The views once you get to Durand Ridge were phenomenal! If you want a challenge, go Airline on the way up.

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

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.

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! :)

good warm up trail

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

Just a word to the wise and dog lovers/owners - learn from my mistake. We hike a lot and I didn’t think bringing my dog would be an issue. If you bring your dog with you - make sure to do something to protect her/his feet. We had great weather and a great time but my poor 95 lb shepherd mix pups padding wore off his feet from the rocks on the trail the last 1.5 miles. It took us 6 hours to get down the mountain and several people tried to tape his feet to help him. Unfortunately even still I ended up spending $800 in Vet bills (some of which I’ll be reimbursed for by pet insurance). But please protect your dogs feet if you bring the pup. My dog is fine and his pads should grow back. He’s supposed to be taking it easy for at least the next week maybe up to a month.

the first 2 miles are currently on a detour which is pleasant, but not fantastic. They entire trail is quite steep. the 2nd 2 miles is where the trail gets great. There's some exposure and towards the top, are several ways to summit. we accidentally took the "wrong" way, but found it easier despite added distance. Vans at the top can take you down. Or hike. We spent a leisurely 7.5 hours on the trail. slow/ moderate pace with about a 1.5 hours break at the top.

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24 days ago

I’ve done chocorua loop 9 times in varying weather and season. It’s an incredibly dependable day hike that I’ve taken many out of towners on. It’s just hard enough to make people realize the difficulty of a real hike but also well marked and well maintained to be dependably easy to access.

This trail was my first serious hike in the White Mountain and it was quite memorable. I didn't had a good hiking boot and I really paid the price. But since then I am properly equipped and much better conditions and I've hiked this trail three times now and every trip is truly memorable.

It is especially nice when we add an overnight stay at the Lakes of the Cloud hut. As for the views, it is good but I honestly prefer the views from lower peak like Mount Flume, Mount Liberty, Mount Monadnock and Mount Morgan/Percival better. The best view I think is offered by 2K-3K mountain peaks. Mount Washington's peak is so high that it is all rocky and I am not a big fan of rocky landscape. It does look really surreal the first time you see it.

It is personally very rewarding to be able to scale a 6K footer. There are not that many people who can do that so it gives a special feeling to know you're among those who can do it.

I plan on taking on Mount Washington again next month but taking Huntington Ravine this time.

Mt. Chocorua is a tough 9 mile hike to a rewarding peak with great views of the tallest mountains in New Hampshire! The terrain is challenging and takes 3+ hours to the top if you push yourself with little stops along the way! Pack some snacks and perhaps a lunch with lots of water for hydration and energy. We went on a beautiful clear day mid July and it was totally worth it! In my opinion best views of the Appalachian Mts! Stick to the path and plan ahead as there’s several trails that go different ways. Doo it :)

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