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Mount Washington via Tuckerman and Huntington Ravine Trail

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White Mountain National Forest

Mount Washington via Tuckerman and Huntington Ravine Trail is a 3.8 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Randolph, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September.

Length 3.8 mi Elevation gain 4,271 ft Route type Point to Point

Hiking

Nature trips

Rock climbing

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

No dogs

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The head wall section of the trail is very steep with some sections of fourth class terrain. It should also be noted that the head wall should never be attempted when wet or if the weather looks threatening.

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John Watson
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HikingClosedIcyOff trailRockyScrambleSnow

Started this hike for my first time around 7p on Sunday night... ventured forth despite a sign saying HR trail was closed and I’m glad I did! I had no cell service below tree line in the ravine so I did a bit of bushwhacking due to swollen streams and being unsure of where the trail was at on the other side. No snow on the trail but saw a little down below me at one point on the fan. Did the entirety of the fan after the sun was down with no headlamp and would have pushed through and done the slab but couldn’t locate the blazes in the dark and didn’t have enough natural light to see a route up. Threw my tent down as a barrier on top of a relatively flat boulder at the top of the fan and slept with 3 layers on underneath a blanket and the rain fly using my backpack as a pillow. Was rewarded with an amazing view of an almost full moon rising above the clouds across the valley and a sky full of stars all night and started up the slab as the sun had not yet risen but was turning the horizon and the clouds below me the most beautiful shades of pink and yellow. Made it up to the junction with the Alpine Garden trail just as the sun was peeking over the next peak to the NE. Unsurpassed views to the east under the stars at night and a sunrise above the clouds coupled with the peace and solitude that I experienced due to when I hiked it will leave me with memories of a hike I will never forget! Edit: There was a good chunk of snow/ice in the corner where the slab route starts so make sure your route is dry if you’re not using gear! I used no gear and had VFFs on for footwear.

Michael Horst
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Eli Sorna
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HikingIcySnow

Lost a black diamond raven ice axe and strap, just above tree line as well as another generic ice axe in this area in January. If anyone finds it I’d pay S&H to get it back. The bowl was gnarly.

Carrie Andrews
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Hiking

I didn’t do this whole trail to the summit. We took it up to Harvard cabin and tent camped there before taking Lion’s Head trail to the summit yesterday. The hike to Harvard cabin was clear and very busy from Pinkham Notch (holiday weekend). Lions head to the summit was pretty quiet with just a few other groups. Definitely a few technical spots along the first part where ice ax and crampons are a must. After that, crampons will suffice. I was on a guided overnight hike with Synnott Moutain Guides. The guides were great and the hike was amazing. We were fortunate to have a break in the wind before the gusts got too bad yesterday to summit for a few minutes on a gorgeous crystal clear day!!! Amazing on top on this mountain in the winter (much different than the summer). The hike was hard and pushed me because of the elements - wind, cold, blowing snow. Definitely need appropriate gear and to cover all exposed skin. I wore five layers to sleep in tent in a 0 degree bag with fleece liner. Super cold but totally worth the effort! It was nice only having to climb from Harvard (approx 3520 feet) to the summit instead of doing it all on one day. I highly recommend a winter summit if you know why you’re doing or are using a guide (and would recommend Synnott) and want to deal with being extremely cold. It was breathtaking!

Phil Pelletier
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HikingRockyScramble

Great hike. Need to be in shape and confident and you can do it. Did it on a whim since I’ve never hike Mt Wash and live in nh. Went up again yesterday for the fall views. Will def try to make it a yearly hike.

Osnat Levy
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HikingRockyScramble

Great hike. Fantastic view. Hard, but if you are an experienced hiker it should be ok. My main challenge was the exposed climbed, as I have a bit of hight fear. It is relatively short section, but you climbed it with no rope or any other security system. Overall it is one of the most interesting hikes I’ve done in the White mountains and very pretty. The route at time was hard to follow and it is easy to get of track. You must pay attention at all times. We went down via Boott spur and it was beautiful as well.

FéliCia Desrosiers
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HikingRockyScramble

Toute une aventure... le sentier est simplement magnifique

Matt MacDonald Sr.
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Hiking

Come prepared and if you can't do 10 pull ups don't attempt this, there are spots where you take your life in your hands. I'd recommend bringing ropes(just in case) and do not do this alone. In the end, it was an awesome experience and couldn't have asked for a better day! Be prepared, train and make sure you can manage through cliff hanging/walking.

Phil Taylor
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HikingRockyScramble

Strenuous technical hike. You need to be fit for this one and have some good upper body strength. The talus fan is a lot of fun with some real good opportunities to scramble boulders with a couple sketchy spots. The slab was relatively short and pretty fun. Not too risky. The hardest part was after the slab where there were some short vertical scrambles that requires some careful choice of holds and some risky exposure. All said athletic hikers should be fine. Being out of shape and out of breath is not the place you want to be on this climb.

Gian Fabbri
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HikingRockyScramble

We summited via Huntington and descended Boott Spur: This 9+ mi loop makes for an epic day of hiking under good weather conditions, and avoids the bulk of Mount Washington's crowds for 85% of the hike. Huntington Ravine trail is everything you've read. It is extremely steep and scrambly, and in places, hard to follow. I would argue that significant scrambling experience, and ideally, bouldering experience or wall climbing experience be mandatory before attempting this route. There are a number of places where being comfortable with basic climbing holds, body positioning, and traction management is necessary. Do not attempt this trail if it has recently been wet, and absolutely avoid descending this route. After cresting the ravine, enjoy the rocky push to the summit, and try to ignore the roads, crowds, and built infrastructure up there and soak in the views. Descending, the crowds thin way out as one branches off to the longer (vs. Lion's Head) Boott Spur route down. Well worth it -- and the views from this route are extraordinary! Dropping back below tree line, it's typical of the gnarlier White Mountains trails (Cannonballs, etc.) i.e. don't expect more than a few yards of trail in-between rocky sections. Definitely a feeling of welcome relief and accomplishment when you finally pop out at the visitor center. All in, an amazing loop! 5/5

Erin Ferguson
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HikingBugsRockyScramble

I was very nervous about this trail judging by the reviews I read, however it was so worth it in the end. you don't necessarily have to be a skilled climber, but you definitely have to be athletic. it was very dangerous at some points for sure, but the hardest part was the constant climbing upwards over rocks. extremely tiring. not well marked. definitely got lost a couple times. but so. so. SO gratifying when you work hard for hours and finally get to sit down at the top. Hands down the most athletic thing I've ever done, so be cautious, go slow, drink water, and enjoy the amazing views

Robert Matyko
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HikingNo shadeRocky
Mia M
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HikingRockyScramble

Mentally tough on a picture perfect day in August. So rewarding to reach the top of the headwall. We found the blazes fair, not great. There were definitely places where we couldn’t spot the next blaze and didn’t really want to venture off in any direction looking for the blazes route. Fortunately there were a number of other hikers on a brilliant Saturday in August so we often could see the general direction to head. Took us 4.5 hours up including a relaxing lunch stop at the top of the head wall (far superior to eating with everyone on the peak) Returned down Tuckerman Ravine, a fairly quiet descent for a Saturday and quite manageable after climbing Huntington’s.

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