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Mount Washington State Park, a 60.3-acre parcel perched on the summit of the Northeast's highest peak, is surrounded by the extensive 750,000-acre White Mountain National Forest. On a clear day, views from the 6,288-foot summit extend beyond New Hampshire as far as 130 miles to Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Maine, Quebec, and the Atlantic Ocean. The Sherman Adams building, a modern summit building, houses The Sherman Adams Visitor Center, a cafeteria, restrooms, gift shops, the Mount Washington Observatory and its museum. The historic TipTop House is located adjacent to the summit building.

Trail rating is on target. Great views from the summit.

I hiked this trail on 6/16 with my 12 year old son in 4H10M. It was absolutely incredible with fantastic views. the weather changes dramatically above the treeline and went from 75 at the base to 38ish at the Summit with winds at a sustained 50 MPH. We ended up taking the Cog down as my son was exhausted, but certainly a Top 5 outdoor experience for us.

Just hiked this trail yesterday and it was amazing! The views were spectacular, and the weather ended up being fantastic! I will definitely be coming back to hike this trail again.

Just got off Mount Jefferson. My “Father’s Day hike” We loved the Caps trail but thought it was a bit tough on the dogs. Foolishly took the castle trail to the link trail. Very difficult with the dogs! One wrong step and you are bear bait. It was hot so we thought the trees would be a better place to be. The Black flys kept reminding us otherwise.
Oh well, all is well that ends well!!
If I never see the link trail again it will be to soon.

really great first time hikers trail. overlook at the end is decent but nothing compared to others in the area.

As of today, Mt. Clinton Rd. was still closed, adding 2.6 miles total to the hike (1.3 each way). The work done by J. Rayner Edmands on this trail in 1909 is still very much in evidence. This is a very family-friendly way to get up to Crawford Path and the Mt. Eisenhower Loop. There are a couple minor rock scrambles before you get above treeline, but nothing even small children can't handle. Currently, there is no snow or ice left, and the trail has had a lot of work recently, so there are no obstructions.

Sights are breathtaking.

Start further down the road from the cog railway adds some nice trails and distance and convenient parking. Great and very challenging hike. Ammo trail up can be very wet as it goes along the river and has a lot of drainage. Couple miles before the tree line/hut gets very steep and is tough slogging. Rocks on Crawford Path and the upper part of Jewell are brutal - take your time. Views going down Jewell are great and the lower part of Jewell is really nice (and completely empty of people when I was there). My phone says it was 13 miles (I started from the trailhead further away) but it’s probably around 11 or so.

Taking the caps ridge trail up was amazing, I did this with a group of 8 on June 9 2018. We went up the caps ridge trail, took castle trail over to the link. The castle trail was very technical. This was my first 4000 footer and I loved it. However, the link trail shouldn't really be considered a trail. Its been a long while since its been maintained. If you're looking for some adventure that feels like you're trekking in the woods not on a trail, this trail is for you. Watch out for the gaping holes in the ground and there is a waterfall area that you have to cross. Not for beginners as it will take too long. With a beginner in the group, the hike lasted 11 hours. Oh BTW, as of June 9 2018, the road up to the trail head wasn't open, so it added on 6 miles of road to the hike (3 miles each way)

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9 days ago

Even in “mud season” was dry and beautiful. Great views, beautiful brook. Easy

Something I realized after posting my previous post. The distance of just over 5 miles total may be correct, but the route shown is not the entire Jewell Trail. This shows the Jewell LINK to the Jewell Trail. The actual starting point of the trail is directly across Base Station Rd. from the Ammonoosuc Ravine trailhead. Mea Culpa!

I have suggested an edit to the info above. The actual out and back distance is 7.4 miles. The picture I took of the sign where you meet up with the Gulfside indicates 3.7 miles to base station rd. I used the Jewell Trail as an alternative route to Mt. Jefferson, since the Notch Rd. to the Caps Ridge trailhead was still closed. This is a very beautiful trail, and in my opinion, a family-friendly way to hike to Mt. Washington. This is still a trail in the Whites, and one leading to an area known for dangerous weather. It shouldn't be taken lightly, but with trail-savvy adults to guide, the kids won't have any problem. It's a constant climb, but nowhere are there any rock scrambles or anything too strenuous until you get above treeline, and by then you're almost at the end,The Jewell runs almost parallel to the Gulfside Trail for a short distance, then meets up with it. When you exit treeline, the trail is now marked with cairns, and where it veers right and runs alongside the Gulfside, they can be a little hard to follow. At each one, just orient yourself toward the summit, and look for the next one. Happy Trails!

I did the Highland to Mizpah to Mt Washington trip last week - 6-6-2018. Really nice trail with fantastic views when clear - we were in and out of clouds all day. BE AWARE the loop around Mt Monroe is closed so you have to go over the summit trail. The boulders on the false south summit were very tricky in fog, 40 mph winds, and rain (I’m 65 and solo). Clouds blew off 1 mile from Mt Washington summit (yeah) which was full of car and cog railroad travelers. It’s a long day. - not moderate! BTW Mt Clinton Rd still closed if you are contemplating Edmonds Path.

Did it a day after Franconia ridge, I still can’t walk. Both were awesome hikes.

Planned to drive Mt Clinton Rd. to get to Edmands Path, but as of June 8th, the road is still closed. Had to do Crawford Path to Mt. Pierce instead.

I would say this is by far my favorite hike so far! Fairly easy hike and visually stunning! highly recommend!

Started up Nineteen mile brook and the. Up to Mt Height, some tricky spots around avalanche debris. Very rewarding 360 views a top Mt Height. 3 hours to summit. Then over to Carter Dome and back down to Nineteen mile brook trail. Steep decent from Carter Dome to Carter Notch. If we were to do it again, I would just go up and back to Mt Height, views are very rewarding. Enjoy!

hiking, not for beginners
nice foggy weather, great views!
road to trail parking was closed so I had to walk out and back another 6miles (11.5m altogether), FYI this road is not gonna open until July 2018

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This one is steep... but really people.. we are in the whites doing 4k's there are some tricky spots at the top so watch your footing! and as we all know its WINDY at the top. my sister and I got some silly pics at the top of messy hair and smiles. The view ? well lets just say it's why we all hike these big boys. I was captivated by the summit. Take your time and enjoy, the summit on even a some what cloudy day will take your breath away, in the best way ;)

Very cold and strong winds but the views are amazing!

hiking
1 month 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.

Awesome!!! Nice walk even for a Fay Guy like me!!!

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..

Nice falls, easy trail to follow and well maintained. Main lookout is above the falls. Continue down granite staircase to view falls from the bottom.

Beautiful falls and multipul platforms from which to view them. It's a super short hike in. Lots of steps which could be a bit of a challenge for some, but definitely doable with a few pauses for rest.

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!

hiking
2 months ago

One of my favorite spots! Really easy hike.

on Mount Monroe Trail

hiking
2 months 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!

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