Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Mount Washington State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Amazing hike today. Just enough snow to hide the rocks and roots, but not enough to slow you down. Of course micro spikes helped a ton. No wind below treeline, but a tad "breezy" above the trees.

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3 days ago

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10 days ago

I love Crawford Path. It’s such a steady ascent; the hardest part of this hike was the bit to get to the top of Eisenhower. Really enjoyed the trek there from Pierce. Good amount of snow and ice most of the trail; I wore spikes the whole time.

Great trail. Not too difficult, especially with spikes for the downhill return. Took about 5h45min with plenty of stops for pictures along the way. Perfect day in the mountains.

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16 days ago

We took Edmands Path up and it is by far one of my favorite trails. The waterfall is currently very icy and along the trail in general has spots of ice. Microspikes are highly recommended. Eisenhower is beautiful. I loved it very much. Pierce was nice as well. We then ventured over to Jackson and summited there. If you do this there are some blow downs along the way from Pierce to Jackson but can be maneuvered around.

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16 days ago

Hiked on October 20th, 2019. Decided to check off Mount Washington with my hikes in New Hampshire. Since moving from Kentucky in May, I've tried to do a different hike every weekend. This was by far the hardest, but it was also the most rewarding. Began the day at 7 a.m. on the Jewell trail and came down on the Ammonoosuc. Finished at dark because I stayed at the hut a little longer than expected. I would probably recommend doing the opposite in the future, Ammonoosuc up, Jewell down. The Jewell trail is definitely the easier and would have been much better going down than up on. Very icy on both trails. Definitely need good boots with good soles. Highly recommend doing this hike once. The views are amazing and the clouds were gone once I reached the top. Will definitely do this again and even in the snow.

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17 days ago

Parked at the cog lot. $10 bucks. Hiked up to the lake of clouds hut then up Mt. Monroe. About 5.6 miles and 4:40 minutes out and back. Temps were in the lower 30’s, beautiful sunny day, no wind. Very muddy for most of the trail. Ice on all rocks going across all river crossings ( there are a bunch) needed to use my micro spikes a few times, mostly near the top. The decent down the trail was hard. The rocks are so smooth you can’t grip them with your boots and your poles become useless because of the ice. Be prepared, wear the proper gear, and be wary of what time of day it is. Tried to tell a few people to not attempt to summit Washington up towards the hut. it’s a lot further then you think and you’ll never make it back down the trail before dark. I hope they listened.

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25 days ago

Second 4,000+ footer I've done, and what a workout! Getting to the top of Pierce is relatively easy, any amateur hiker should be able to do it, though the distance to Eisenhower from Pierce is deceptive. What looks like it should take 30-40 minutes, at a steady pace, instead takes nearly an hour or more. In terms of technical difficulty, I'd rate this trail as Moderate, but the length of it puts it at the low end of Hard. Any amateur hiker seeking to challenge themselves, and be rewarded with an unbelievable view, should do this trail!

From Davis Path, we took Crawford to the summit, so we only hiked on this trial for 0.4 of a mile. The ascent was hampered by ice and snow but it wasn’t hard to stay on the trail.

We completed this hike on a perfect day - clear skies, 40 deg. F summit temp, and effectively 0 wind! This was a week after the N'Easter blew thru the North East, with 1.5-2ft of snow on this summit and 150 mph winds. We went up Ammo, down Jewel. Total of 10.4 miles. First two miles of this hike lead you thru a mild incline, covering about 700 ft of elevation, along side the Ammo river. Roots and small rocks to navigate. You will arrive at a beautiful waterfall and welcome swimming hole. Enjoy the atmosphere and get ready for some real vert - third mile is where the real fun begins with about 1200 ft of elevation. This section bet 2.8-3.5 miles requires your full attention. We didn't have micro spikes that day, our vibram soles and trekking poles helped, but there are two areas crossing the waterfalls where we were confronted with icy Class 2 scrambles where we wish we had extra foot support. As you approach Lake of the Clouds hut, tree line fades away, and trail turns to a boulder field which makes up your last 1.5 mi to the summit. On a sunny day, this is a good time to apply sunscreen :-) We were ran into 6 groups on the way up, 4-5 groups on the summit, and surprisingly no one on our way going down Jewell that afternoon. The auto road was closed which provided a welcome reprieve from the crowds that day. Come prepared, there was no water or food at the summit. Jewel Trail going down was a gradual decline, with first 1.5 mi navigating medium to large boulders. Last two miles of the trail take you back under the tree line, back on flatter terrain. This is not a tough hike, if you are in good shape, you will find this to be on the easier side of the "difficult" hikes in the Whites, Green, and ADK mountains. The radio stations on this summit are a bit of an eye sore, though the views of the Presidentials, along with the Green and ADK mountains to the west are superb.

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1 month ago

Beautiful!!!!

Overall a really good hike. 10 miles by my GPS count. Great views once you break the tree line, especially since I arrived at the tree line right as the clouds were burning off. Strongly recommend some solid shoes. At least half of the trail is relatively rough rocks and steep grades. Shoes with a firm sole will do your feet favors.

Great trail. I recommend if you do the loop, hike it counterclockwise. A lot of bare, wet, slippery ledges

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