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Mount Washington via Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail

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Mount Washington State Park

Mount Washington via Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail is a 8.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bretton Woods, New Hampshire that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 8.2 miles Elevation Gain: 3,812 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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During winter months, be sure to check conditions and have proper attire. Hikers suggest crampons and ice axe for certain areas.

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19 minutes ago

Hiked 5/24 and conditions were great until we got about 1/4 of the way up. Lots of slippery snow and ice. There were several snow wells as well. You need crampons and poles to hike this safely under these conditions, especially when it gets steep.

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3 days ago

Trail was ridiculously icy during the last 0.5mi up to the Lake of Clouds hut. Forced my friend and I to do a lot of off-trail climbing. Make sure to have poles. Many snow wells on the trail as well. The first leg of the hike before reaching the incline is incredibly peaceful and beautiful. Finally, there’s nothing better than reaching the summit and looking down to see how far you’ve come. Great accomplishment!

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2 months ago

great winter home. intense but great

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7 months ago

Took cog up and hiked down. Was a gorgeous day great views.

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7 months ago

It was a tough climb!! It’s really steep and rocky. When I went there was ice on the trail and summit so it was pretty slippery. But it was fun!! And there were amazing views above the tree line!!

hiking
7 months ago

Went there last weekend without micro-spike, not a good idea. The trail is very very icy in the middle and top. If you were planning to get back by train, buy the ticket ahead.(it will be sold out) The view itself is absolutely amazing! Will come back for sure!

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8 months ago

Definitely a challenging trail. Agree with everyone else’s descriptions. We took Ammonoosuc down from the summit rather than up. It took 3 hours. I didn’t have trekking poles which would have helped on the way down. We took Jewell trail up which also took 3 hours. Not as steep for sure. Ammonoosuc was more scenic with waterfalls. Glad we took it back.

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8 months ago

Took the Ammo up for 4.5 hrs and the Jewell down for 2.5 hrs. 3 somewhat athletic 25 year olds. Ammo up was very steep for the last 2 miles. Water along trail but i dont recommend drinking even if filtered due to the facilities at the summit/ hut. Very rocky for the 1 mile ascent and decent. AT Hut 1 mile from the top with coffee and water. Restaurant and gift shop at the summit. Many tourists crowded the summit who had taken the train or driven up. Would return but with boots for ankle support and trekking poles for the decent.

hiking
8 months ago

Easy and flat for the first mile and change, then a grind up a rocky staircase and some light scrambling for a mile and a half to two miles bringing you to lake of the clouds. Adjust gear and head up a less steep mile and half to the summit. Descended via Jewell which was very rocky. An absolute classic of the Northeast.

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8 months ago

Great trail for regular hikers. Definitely gets your HR up about 2 miles into the trail. Once you’re at Lakes of the Clouds it’s “easy” the rest of the way and has outstanding views

hiking
8 months ago

Simply. Amazing. If you’re looking to loop back via Jewel it’s super rocky — bring poles. Such an amazing day for us — brilliant sunshine and cool temps. Hiked up in an unplanned and unknown pack. Our cohort was motley amazing. Hard to explain the experience ... Truly God’s country — whoever she is we glimpsed her today...

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9 months ago

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9 months ago

First time hiking this trail and it was amazing!!! Well marked and would def do again!!!! ✌️

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