Mount Washington via Tuckerman and Huntington Ravine Trail

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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.

Distance: 3.8 miles Elevation Gain: 4,271 feet Route Type: Point to Point

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

no dogs

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.

hiking
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

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.

hiking
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

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.

hiking
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

Toute une aventure... le sentier est simplement magnifique

hiking
4 months ago

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.

hiking
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

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.

hiking
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

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

hiking
bugs
rocky
scramble
5 months ago

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

hiking
no shade
rocky
5 months ago

hiking
rocky
scramble
5 months ago

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.

hiking
5 months ago

We were a group of 3 women in our 50’s and hiked this trail during horrendous weather on 8/10. Rain, hail, thunder, 60+ mph wind and 20 degree wind chill. We were under prepared for the change in weather as we made our ascent. Full on, straight up rock scramble for the last mile. Boy was it both tough and exhilarating!! The mental challenge was at least as great as the physical challenge. The mountain gave us everything she had to offer. An amazing day!!! Be prepared and be safe.

hiking
rocky
scramble
5 months ago

As mentioned in an earlier review by someone, they stated someone was attempting to down climb/hike Huntington Ravine. Most likely, that was me and I did successfully do the unheard of Huntington Ravine Loop. However, I must say, DO NOT attempt a down climb/hike on this trail, especially the headwall, unless you are a seasoned hiker, scrambler, and rock climber. Having the right gear to down climb is also a must and I actually switched to climbing shoes on the steepest, flatest/smoothest section of headwall. *** Again, I advise everyone to NOT attempt a down climb of the headwall. Doing the Huntington Ravine Loop was a way of challenging myself, but it’s still extremely dangerous to go up the headwall, let alone down it. ***

hiking
rocky
scramble
5 months ago

Always a fun and exciting climb with lots of rock scrambling, friction climbing and route finding. Definitely not for the faint of heart! it's physically grueling with lots of exposure and I would never do it when it's wet. There was one guy down climbing it but again I wouldn't and most people shouldn't. But if you like a challenge, this is it but it's not for everyone, especially beginner hikers or anyone with a fear of heights or out of shape.

rock climbing
off trail
rocky
6 months ago

solid approach for the Pinnacle Ridge!

hiking
bugs
muddy
no shade
scramble
snow
6 months ago

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