Mount Washington Summit Loop Trail

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Mount Washington Summit Loop Trail is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Gorham, New Hampshire that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.7 miles
918 feet

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An excellent hike if you want to see lots of mount Washington without spending much time in the trees. The views are spectacular, the terrain is rugged. Mt. Washington has some of the worst recorded weather on the planet. It can change very quickly so be prepared. Tuckerman's ravine is always impressive. If you are scared of heights then do not attempt to drive up the auto road. It is narrow.

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

on July 12 2015 I hiked tuckerman ravine trail it was a sunny beautiful day with clear views for miles. with moderate temps . fantastic hike but not for the casual hiker.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

I did the auto road in September so my father could enjoy the view. It was as expected cold and extremely windy but to be that high was great. Since it's a visitor's center don't expect to be all mountains and views. Also LOTS of people.

Monday, May 09, 2016

Love this hike. many more trails to do

Friday, April 01, 2016

great hike with countless photo opportunities. it is a difficult hike, especially if you take the boott spur loop to the summit of mt Washington. the staff at pinkham notch / Joe dodge lodge are awesome!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Thought I'd write a review on the auto road, as many have mentioned it. At the end of July in 2002, we looked forward to our trip up the Mt. Washington Auto road (hours were 7:30AM to 6 PM; rates are $16 plus $6 for my wife and $4 each for my two children; total $30). Early in the morning the whole mountain seemed to be covered in fog, so we decided to try it later if there was time to come back in the afternoon. We did the Square Ledge trail at Pinkham Notch, saw the Old Man on the Mountain face [before he fell] at Franconia, and finally merged onto Kancagamus Highway to Conway and back to Hwy 302. Instead of going straight into Conway with all the traffic, we took the Bear Lake road north and cut back up 16 to the Mt. Washington Auto Road.

The sky for the most part had cleared except for the top and we decided to brave it, even if the top didn’t clear by the time we got there. About halfway up the wind started picking up, the visibility went to 25 yards and the temperature, a balmy 86 in the valley below, began dropping. Feeling as if we were going to drive or fall off the mountain in many spots, we gritted our teeth and said we could do it, making sure we had room for the cars coming down without us getting too close to the edge. We finally reached the top, the wind was blowing 40-50 mph in gusts and the temperature had fallen to 59. Visibility was about 25 feet now and I had to hold on tight to my son walking head into the wind from the parking lot to make sure he didn’t blow away (it was scary!). The top has a summit house where all the hikers and drivers congregate, a snack shop and a (of course) couple of gift stores (we got a moose and a pennant, and some refrigerator magnets and post cards). They posted the day’s weather along with previous weather records (e.g. 231 mph wind). We actually got to the summit sign for pictures and started back down. The top is way above tree line and really pretty flat with big rocks all around as if they had been stacked. The drive down is not as bad except we had to stop from time to time going down for pictures and cooling the brakes. Finally we made it to the bottom and can now proudly display “This car made it to the top of Mt. Washington” bumper sticker. Take heed of everything you hear about the mountain. It was almost August, the winds were at 43 mph, visibility was near zero and the temp 53 degrees at the top... and sunny and hot at the bottom! This is a breathtaking experience in spite of the weather.