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

hiking
16 days ago

Favorite hike for years, first hiked around 12yo

So a friend, me and her toddler (he was carried, lol) did this hike Oct 7. The Bemis portion is beautiful, the only thing is to meet back up with the Arethusa trail it’s pretty much straight up. We managed, but be forewarned to avoid the Bemis section unless you want to 1) back track or 2) climb. The falls are gorgeous and the trails were well kept. I’d love to do it again after the winter thaw.

hiking
28 days ago

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.

We took Bemis Trail (yellow) up and stopped at some amazing smaller which was pools and falls. The Bemis Trail is about .5 miles long. The one thing to consider is when Bemis joins back to the Arethusa Trail (blue) it is a STRAIGHT up using your hands at times to meet back up with the Arethusa Trail.
We did it with our 9 year old and this was the only portion he complained about.
The falls were well worth the hike. I could have stayed all day.
Note: If you are looking at hiking this in the November+ days at least microspikes are recommended.
The map shown on this page is just the Arethusa Trail, it does not show the red on Bemis.

This is a great hike with interesting terrain and views. That being said, there are some things to point out! This hike is pretty consistently steep. It's a shorter trail so of course you need to gain that elevation quickly. I took Hi-Cannon up and Lonesome Lake down. There was snow on the majority of the trail and ice for the majority of the upper half of the mountain. I brought spikes and they would've helped but I managed to do it without them just fine - my hiking poles assisted me enough. The trails are technically marked but the markers must be very old and worn away because I only saw a handful the entire time, but the trail is easy enough to follow where you shouldn't get lost. There are also signs at every intersection.
Kinsman Ridge trail is extremely steep going down towards Lonesome Lake trail. You have to use your hands in a lot of places and if you have a dog with you it may be difficult, although I did see a Golden Retriever on the trail but the owners said he had some trouble.
The ladder section is fun as you are on the side of the mountain and have spectacular views for this segment with a couple pull-offs for breaks/photos.
At the top there is a look-out tower and a lodge (this is a ski mountain) that has a snack bar, bar, bathrooms. On my trip this was not yet open for business for the season but the doors were open so we could at least warm up and take a break. There is also a tram that you can get a one way ticket for at the top if you do not want to hike down, although this too is only open in season (not when I was there.)
There are plenty of spots to enjoy the lake especially if you decide to take the trail around it instead of just by it, probably adding a little less than a mile.

Awesome must-do hiking experience.

trail running
1 month ago

Very nice trail, we hit the snow very soon at the beginning. We saw a fresh big bear tracks at 300 meter before to get the shelter.

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

Sweet little hike

Sweet little hike

This was a challenging hike as it was our second moderate one of the day but it was very rewarding at the end. The falls are breathtaking and can not be captured with a photo! Not a a lot of room to spread out and relax at the falls but it wasn’t crowded when we went and we were able to relax and enjoy the view for a while. We had a small dog with us and he had no trouble on the hike.

hiking
1 month 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.

Fantastic view for very little effort!

1 month ago

Did the trail today with my husband today. Not a bad hike and the gals were beautiful today. Worth the hike.

My 20 year old son and I hiked this trail today. It was a good long hike. Unfortunately the top was clouded in so we couldn’t enjoy the view. We will have to hike it again. My only suggestion to other hikers would be to park well below the GPSs idea of where you should park. The road is not passable!

did this hike today with my 5 month old puppy, what a great hike. beautiful falls at the top and enjoyed friendly fellow hikers on our trek.

This is a decent moderate hike. Starts out gradually with a decent incline, as you hear the stream on your left. Eventually it will level off a bit before another incline. As you approach the destination (The falls), you actually descend. It's been a relatively wet week, so there were muddy stretches.
Overall it is a nice short hike, and the falls at the end are beautiful, however the trail is very busy. Too busy in my opinion. Perhaps it was because of the long holiday weekend.

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely loved this hike. I was surprised by how easy it was even though the trail was wet and muddy. The views are spectacular and wide ranging across both summits.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful peaceful hike along the falls, colors spectacular. Bridal Veil Falls a bit fogged in but still able to see the top of falls through the breaks in the fog

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.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked with my 6 and 10 year old.

There are some steep spots but it's manageable for smaller kids. Middle has better views and the peak is expansive with lots of ridges but is noticeably more difficult than North. North is much easier but the views are not as good. That being said I would do both of them again but preferred Middle.

Nice and easy 5.0 mile Out and Back. Trail is in great shape, no mud. Took the whole family and even the 3 year old had no trouble. Not too steep! Not too rocky, it's just right!

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!

totally worth the hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty good workout even though it’s fairly short. We only had a few hours so chose this and it was worth it! Went up to North Peak only. Took a total of about 2 hours to go up and back. Beautiful fall views at the top with the multi-colored trees. Wish we had more time to check out Middle Peak. But read the review about seeing the marker on the rock. If you head to the right of the boulder and down the path, it leads to a huge open area atop boulders. Very nice view!

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!

Superbe randonnée via tuckerman ravine et retour via lion’s head. 2h45 pour la montée, et 2h20 pour la descente. La chute d’eau est superbe et après l’avoir passé, le vent s’est levé et la dernière portion est difficile mais splendide!!! Au sommet, rafale de plus de 90 km/h ! WoW. Gants et tuque nécessaire ainsi que de bonne bonne de randonnée. Nous avions la tête dans les nuages au sommet alors aucune vue... Amenez vous du linge pour vous changer au sommet et du linge à votre arrivé au bas!!! Combien plus confortable...
Nous y reviendrons assurément!!

I hiked this trail yesterday with my friend, and I’d consider us beginners, meaning we hike occasionally and aren’t that fast. We started the hike on the Sherburne ski trail detour and then ended back on tuckerman’s ravine (there was one point after the steep incline in the beginning of the ski trail where we weren’t sure if we should go left or right and there wasn’t a sign so we took the wider trail on the right and landed back on tuckerman’s). There was no one in sight for a very long time and we started to worry but then we ran into a woman who let us know we were on the right track and to keep to the left! So we ended up at the Hermit Lake Shelter after roughly 2 hours, then continued up Tuckerman’s trail. It really was beautiful and it was really the perfect day for this hike! The sun was out for part of the hike and then it got super cloudy. We each brought winter jackets, gloves, extra pants, and about 3.5L of water, and that was way too much. We’d always heard about how unpredictable the weather on Mt Washington was so we wanted to be prepared (but I don’t think on this specific day we needed all that extra gear, so our packs definitely weighed us down).
Back to tuckerman’s.. there was this wonderful narrow waterfall we had to cross at this pretty steep section on the way up and that part was a little nerve wracking but after that we just kept moving forward and followed the signs/cairns to the summit. The last part of the hike up is all rocks and you’re using your hands a lot at this point. I will say the rocky section was the hardest for me, every time I thought we were just about finished there were more and more rocks to conquer! Finally we reached the summit after 4 hours and 47 minutes! There’s a lot to see at the top and we met this fellow hiker who we had spotted a few times on the way up, and we all decided to hike down together. I’m not sure how we spent an hour and a half at the top but we did lol we hiked back down about 2.5 hours before sunset thinking that’d be enough time but boy it was not! We took lion head down and while it was beautiful and not as rough as tuckerman’s it was still really hard for us. The terrain was still very rocky and windy (at one point there was a ladder which I was grateful for because I don’t think I would have made it down safely without it!) the trail seemed to be NEVER ENDING. It quickly got dark, and a fellow hiker caught up with us and kept us company. I’d consider these hikers our trail angels because as beginners my friend and I easily would have gotten so discouraged in the dark on lion’s head. Toward the end we came across the bridge thats currently being built on tuckerman’s and just kept on trekking. We ended back at Pinkham notch lodge after a little over 4 hrs, so I’d say the hike itself took us about 9 hrs (not including the time spent at the summit). All in all, my least favorite part was hiking down but the hike up was wonderful in so many ways, and we feel extremely fortunate to have met such nice people all around!

Got up early to Pinkham and hit the trail, detours and all. The detours put you on the ski trail, which is incredibly steep, but it’s short and you get back on Tuckerman’s for most of it. It’s an easy hike until you go past the Hermit Lake hut and it’s water pump (fill up, you’ll need it). Dense fog in the ravine prevented me from seeing anything above me as I struggled up the wall. Halfway up the wall the fog cleared above me, demolishing my hopes of being near the top. But it was fun the whole way up. Got above the clouds and into the alpine zone, scrambled up the rocks to the summit. Time up was 3 hours. Hung out, and took 3 more hours working my way down Lions Head Trail. This is an unbelievable view of the ravine and everything around it. TAKE LIONS HEAD DOWN. It’s way easier too. Total time was 0700-1400. 7 hours total. Great hike but exhausting!

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