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hiking
21 hours ago

Did this as part of a loop including Ammonoosuc Ravine trail->Monroe Loop->Crawford Path->Edmands Path. We ascended Ammonoosuc and descended via Edmands Path. Probably about 10 miles.

BEWARE - If you do the above loop and park at Ammonoosuc Ravine trailhead, know that Mt Clinton Rd is closed even in late May. Plan accordingly. We had to walk 2.3 miles back up to Ammonoosuc trailhead where we parked - not that big of a deal but after a long day you will want to be prepared for that.

Edmands has a couple of very nice flat sections especially as you are at treeline close to Crawford Path intersection. Didn't see any other hikers (because Mt Clinton Rd was closed). Lot's of snow near the top still on the trails. There looks like what I would call tornado ruins, or possibly a downburst, that flattened a huge section of the trees about midway on the path. The path has been cleared but it's very interesting to see.

Did Carter Dome Twice this Winter, The first time in March that was cold and windy coming up over the Dome ,got a touch of frostbite in still getting over, the second time was the end of April and it was cloudy, I took the trail up Mt Hight both times and was glad to climb the switchbacks then descend into the Notch, Climbing up from the Hut in winter world have been grueling , made the 10 mile lollipop loop with a stop on the Ramparts in 6:30 Both times, definitely want to do it in nice weather sometime..

I hike Mt Washington once a year and love it. Always have a bag packed for all weather. I have been in ice storms during Oct!

on Mount Monroe Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked the Ammonousic trail toward Mount Monroe April 7, 2018. The trail began gradually with increasing steepness. It had just snowed about 4 inches at the base. As we went up it was necessary to wear crampons because there was ice under the snow. We got as far as Lake of the Clouds hut and decided to quit just short of our goal. The temperature was about 10 degrees and was very windy. Our footprints were being covered with the blowing snow, so since the trail blazed were covered up, it would have been difficult to find our way back. Otherwise it was a great hike.
We had fun sliding down the steep parts of the trail on our butts wearing ski pants!

This review is specifically for the Caps Ridge - Castle - Link loop... It was a beautiful day, and all I can say was that this route is among the most dynamic, scenic, and downright enjoyable ventures I've had the pleasure to experience. Once you ascend past the timber line (very soon after the trailhead), the views of the valley are phenomenal. Once the views come, you're in for scrambling nearly the rest of the way to the summit. Once past the largest of the rocks and close to the summit, we were enveloped in fog. ... but the great thing about the fog is that you already know that soon starting the descent, you're in for some more stunning valley views - and that's exactly what we got with Castle Trail. The views from Castle are just as mesmerizing as those from the Caps Ridge ascent, and yet still decidedly their very own. Truly phenomenal.

In retrospect, The Link was likely my favorite part of the entire loop. Though it's a relatively brief stretch, it's a challenge to visually pick out where the trail actually is - so wherever your foot lands might as well be considered it! I'd recommend taking it slow and soaking in as much of the scenery as possible for two reasons: 1) the entirety of this section is what comes to mind if I had to imagine what an enchanted forest looks like, and 2) there are myriad unstable/slippery/otherwise dynamic surfaces upon which you'll tread, and there's no shortage of spots where a misstep is a risk that you can't afford to take.

This loop is not only an excellent physical challenge, but also an unforgettable experience (particularly so given the exceptional bang for your buck given the overall modest distance involved). We completed it in roughly 6 hours (which includes roughly 30 minutes spent enjoying the summit). I've been wanting to give this another go ever since this first time, and will do so again this year. There's a great many hikes yet on my list, but out of all those I've done up until now, this one holds a very special place for me.

Enjoy!

Did this hike the previous summer. I would say this is definitely the most fun and challenging way to the summit as well as rewarding. The rock scramble was a ton of fun and a great way to get the adrenaline pumping. Hike was very easy to follow as there were paint marks on the mountain. Views at the top of the mountain were amazing and made the difficulty of this hike totally worth it. I recommend coming down the Tuckerman ravine trial as this trail is too steep to go back down it. Took about 7 hours round trip but also because of one hour spent on the summit. Overall an awesome way to get to the top of the highest mountain in the Northeast.

Not much to see until the end, but the view is very nice.

Hiked in October 2017. The way up went by much faster than anticipated, great trail and very scenic. Weather couldn't have been more perfect. Of course very high winds at the top. The way down is when I struggled but that's just from my exhaustion and muscles! Took longer than anticipated but made it out as the sun was setting. On our way down we missed the turn for our trail and ended up walking quite a ways on the wrong trail and had to turn around. SO make sure you have your eyes peeled for trail signs/turns!! Bring layers - never know what the weather will be like especially at the summit. Absolutely beautiful views the whole time.

A challenging winter hike! Thankful for microspikes! The ~4 miles from the trailhead to Carter Notch Hut took less than 2 hours, we were moving!! Stopping to snack at a hut in winter is a real treat. The STEEP 1.2 miles up to the summit of Carter Dome were a real workout and required some of the most technical movement I've ever done to date. We descended the same route. We heard that Carter Dome Trail to Mt. Hight/Zeta Pass was icier than Carter Moriah. Anyways we were glad to take a little rest at the hut before starting towards the car via 19 Mile Brook. That ~4 miles took 1:40. Total trip time came to just under 8 hours, 9:30 am to 5:15 pm. Thankful for just enough light!

This is probably the easiest trail for Mt. Washington. Add Clay for a bonus.

Did this a couple times. I prefer it over most Mt. Washington routes.

I enjoy looping this with the Link Trail and Cas. Ridge Trail.

Absolutely fantastic trail!!!
Not for the faint of heart though.
Fairly easy till you break the tree line then it becomes difficult.

Great hike with our 5 and 7 year old troopers. Amazing views and technically challenging caps made for a not at all boring hike for the kids.

Happy Labor Day! What a brisk 20 degrees!

Happy Labor Day! What a brisk 20 degrees!

Happy Labor Day! What a brisk 20 degrees!

Hiked November 4 2017
Easy 3.8 or so to Carter Notch hut on the 19 mile brook trail.

Then a very difficult 1 mile up, up, up to Carter Dome on the Carter Dome trail with a lot of scrambles. 1700' of elevation gain in 1 mile, with great views back towards the hut and the Wildcats.

Then an easy over to Mount Height. Rewarding views of the presidential range, buy was getting late so I didn't stop for long.

Then the mess begins. The .7 mile hike down from Mount Hight had several blowdowns which required going around, under, over down on the Zeta Pass back to the Carter Dome trail.

Then the 1.8 on the Carter Dome trail was worse with blowdowns and chunks of missing trail.
I'd guess they added an hour and surely sapped my energy on this 2.5 mile descent back to 19 mile.

I was happy to reach the 19 mile trail intersection and an easy 1.9 miles out. Arrived at dusk tired and grateful, any longer and I'd have put on my headlamp.

10:30 departure
6:10 return
7 hrs 40 minutes (probably 6.5 hours moving time)
9.5 miles plus some bushwhacking around blowdowns.
45 minutes at hut

hiking
6 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).

hiking
6 months ago

Amazing view. Recent snowfall led to slippery rocks near the top, so it can get somewhat treacherous during rainy periods. However, totally worth the hike.

hiking
6 months ago

Loved it - the views above treeline are truly breath-taking. As others have commented, the trail is very exposed once you're out of the woods. There were gusts that made me extra cautious about foot placement and slipping. Had to turn back early (maybe 1/4 to 1/2 mile from summit of Clay) because I had a gear failure and didn't want to chance it. I can't wait to come back and finish the entire trail; maybe even summit Washington. note: Make sure you bring warm gear - once out of the woods it is cold and windy.

one of my favorite hikes in the White's. Mt Hight offers tremendous views and doesn't get too much play.

Had such a blast on this one. The first couple miles are gradual, up and down. There are a few water falls, which are gorgeous. We we're lucky to get a clear day. As long as you do your weather research, and are in good shape, you should be able to manage this trail. Rocks can get slippery, and it can get very windy past the Alpine point. Just stay cautious and enjoy! Incredible views.

backpacking
6 months ago

Yet another spectacular White Mountain, Presidential hike. Last hiked it in 1983 on a tour of the huts. Hiked up Ammonoosuc Ravine. Stayed at Lakes of the Clouds Hut. From there, went on Westside Trail to Mt. Clay, to Sphinx Trail, to Great Gulf Trail, to Lakes of the Clouds Hut, and back down the Ravine.

backpacking
6 months ago

Yet another spectacular White Mountain, Presidential hike. Last hiked it on August 28-29, 1993. Up Huntington Ravine and over to Alpine Garden Trail, then up to Mt. Washington summit and stayed the night. Next day, came down David Path to Boot Spur Trail to Huntington Ravine and back to lot.

Fun hike

We took the suggested route. Time to summit was 3:20ish, with a whole trip time of 7:25 (including an hour spent thawing and eating at the observatory). Like others have said, it’s a stair master of a hike. Weather was clear and very windy. Fortunately during our lunch, a ranger suggested we drop out of the exposed portion of the mountain asap due to the expected gusts. Hurricane winds greeted us as we descended (83 mph +/-). The Jewell trail did seem like the longer portion of the hike. We loved it.

I don't recommend parking at one point and then turning this into a loop. You'll be exhausted (we ended up hitchhiking) Still a beautiful hike though!

Weather, weather, wind. Thought we were going to get rained on, that didn't happen but it was a misty cloudy day at the top. Breathtaking views from the section between the summit and Lake of the Clouds. Worth a hike because it truly is a unique area. Happy trails!

hiking
7 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.

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