Mount Washington via Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail

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Mount Washington via Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail is a 6.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Marshfield Station, New Hampshire that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,543 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

trail running

views

snow

hiking
2 days ago

Missed a few trails due to poor weather in the AM with all the fog but it took me 4 hours and 15 mins from bottom to top to bottom. I did a little trail running when applicable. The steep climbs around mile 2 were tough but very doable. I loved this hike/trail run. I highly recommend it but to those who try it soon make sure you start around 8 am or so. 6am was a little rough temp wise.

hiking
6 days ago

I did this trail in 3 hours and 40 minutes to reach the summit. I have some different feeling with some of the reviews. The trail following the river part starts easy. However, when the trail crosses the river for the first time, it becomes rather steep. Climbing on bare and steep rocks is hard. After passing the lake, the trail is well marked. Even though it is getting steep, you will not have to think where your next step is. The weather is bad for today, as the fog prevented any invisibility. I took the cog down anyway. It was a nice exercise.

9 days ago

My wife and I hiked this trail on 7/9/18. It was an absolutely perfect day for this hike. The peak was in the 60’s and full sun.

Hike was easy going until the Gem Pool and then more difficult and steep from there to the AMC Hut at Lake of the Clouds.

We stopped for a short break and saw some amazing views. Then we continued on to the peak via the Tuckerman cutoff and took the steeper Tuckerman Ravine trail up the last half mile. It was worth it to see the ravine.

All in all a perfect day in the alpine zone and the trip to the peak took us about 3 hours and 15 minutes. We can’t wait to return!

hiking
15 days ago

Hiked up this trail on the 4th of July. The first part follows the river to the gem pool and is not too difficult. After crossing the gem pool the steep ascent begins. While steep, it is so beautiful. As soon as you hit the alpine zone the views looking out are amazing and you are only a short distance to the AMC hut. It is 1.4 miles from the hut to the top and that section is easier than the ascent to the hut.

This trail was wonderful and way less crowded than the other side, but was just as rewarding.

It took us 3 hours to get to the top including a 15 minute stop at the AMC hut and stopping for photos along the way.

I’d never taken the cog, so we took the cog down. Next time I plan to hike the Jewell down.

We were blessed with clear skies the entire time. Temperature was 95 at the bottom but much much cooler on the trail and up top. We didn’t realize how hot it was until we got back down.

20 days ago

The first part is pretty easy but once you cross the river it continues to get steep the entire way. Beautiful views throughout the entire hike. The hut was awesome. We stayed there for a while to eat and rest. Took 4 hours to the top with a break at the hut. Such a great hike!!

23 days ago

Did this hike with my 19 year old daughter and 14 year old son. We started at 7:15 am. The first section, until the gem pool, is pretty straight forward with a gradual up hill. Once you cross the river, the trail gets steep for about a mile. There are frequent rock scrambles and large boulders to traverse. Not too bad unless you are afraid of heights. At the tree-line, the temps dropped and the winds picked up. Bring layers of clothes with you and don’t be fooled by the weather at the start. The AMC hut was great. Had a coffee and took in the awesome views. The final push to summit was rocky, but not too hard. It took us 4:30 hrs. to the top, which included 20 minutes at the hut and a lot of pictures and water breaks. Bring a few snacks and at least a liter of water per hiker. Refill waters at the hut. We hiked all week in the White Mountains and this was by far our favorite hike. Highly recommended.

hiking
29 days ago

Worth the trip.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
4 months ago

Not as tough as I thought it would be and the views are more amazing when you hike it rather then drive up it i feel because you have that sense of accomplishment to go along with it!

hiking
4 months ago

I just recently hiked this trail in the wintertime and there were (surprisingly) fair conditions at the summit. Washington is known for being home of the world's worst weather so it's extremely important that you constantly check the weather before attempting this climb in the winter. Also, proper gear is crucial!! Be sure to check out Eastern Mountain Sport's Mount Washington winter hiking gear list online so that you know what to bring. Extra layers are a must. Be safe out there!

hiking
9 months ago

Love this trail! Really beautiful views from the hut to the summit! Was easier up than we anticipated, the way down we were pretty tired by the time we hit the gem pool. Highly recommend this hike for your first time up Washington.

hiking
9 months ago

My girlfriend I took the plunge into hiking this past weekend. Neither of us had hiked before. We chose this trail as our first one. It was a beautiful warm Saturday and we went for it We hit the trail at noon after checking to be sure we could get the cog down. The majority of people told us to plan on 5 hours going up. Not knowing what to expect we planned on the 5 hours and the cog coming down, given the amount of daylight available. First part of the trail was easy and we were all alone which was nice. plenty of pretty places to stop along the river. I think we hit the gem pool in about an hour. The trail got real after the gem pool for sure, and things didn't change much for a long time. Steep, steady climbing all the way the lake in the clouds. We ran into a few people along the way. One thing for sure, everyone has their own idea of time and space on the trail. Some people would say we had 2 hours to go, others would say 45 minutes, and everything in between. one couple said we had 45 minutes to the top, then an hour after that a woman told us we had 2 more hours. None of this really mattered to us, people were super nice and we had our own pace going. From the gem pool to the hut was tough, but we had plenty of gas left. We turned the corner and headed for the summit. Beautiful scenery (I'm a landscape photographer) gave us both a fresh outlook heading towards the top. We stopped a few times along the way for photos. it was a perfect sunny fall day, with a light breeze. We kept a good pace going, nonetheless. I'm going to guess that maybe with about a half mile to go, we both hit a wall. I started to slow way down, and by the end I was probably making 5-6 steps before stopping briefly. It kicked my ass at the very end. Total time was 3:38 from the cog parking lot to the summit. What a perfect first time hiking, we are hooked.

hiking
9 months ago

Had always wanted to hike Mount Washington and chose this trail as my first experience in mountain hiking.. . This trail was as much as a challenge as I expected and more.. Conditions were rainy and due to an early snow fall the streams that needed to be crossed were up a bit, this along with wet and windy weather made some of the rock climbing a bit more difficult. All in all a great experience and one i would highly recommend. Gained a greater respect for hiking and the people who enjoy it. Love the Outdoors !

hiking
9 months ago

The first mile of this trail was actually quite easy, until you reach the gem pool. As you turn the corner you now realize how steep and how hard this trail is. It's actually quite a steep ascent and it never seems to end. There is moderate rock scrambling in sections but not very difficult. Overall it was a great time very long and very tiring. A must have on the bucket list. You should take the Jewell trail down or the COG.

hiking
10 months ago

We hiked this on the most beautiful day. The views were absolutely incredible! It was definitely a full workout but was totally worth it all! Can't wait to do it again!

11 months ago

Very fun trail and amazing views. Gets pretty darn steep and can be quite slippery. Summit climb gets pretty rocky and fun. Incredible change in climates from base to summit. Goes from rain forest to tundra

hiking
11 months ago

A great trail with gorgeous views! Definitely a challenge (my sister didn't love it as much as I did) because some parts require scrambling up sheer rock. You'll need to to use both hands to climb certain parts. I recommend strong knees for this trail. It follows the river all the way up to the Lake of the Clouds hut where you can use the bathroom and refill water before continuing to the summit.

hiking
11 months ago

I did this guided hike late in the winter. The views were almost nonexistent, except for a brief instant the clouds broke and we could see the summit as we were just entering the alpine zone. It's a completely different world when the wind gets howling and the visibility is about 10 yards. It has the feel of a much larger mountain due to the notoriously bad weather in the Whites. Crampons were a must, along with trekking poles. We had ice axes but did not need them on this particular day.

hiking
11 months ago

Got on the trail around 7:30. A little wet and slippery but not too bad. Easy start with a steep incline in the middle. Once you get past the Lakes in the Clouds hut it becomes just a fun trek to the summit over rock rubble. Got to the top in 2.5 hours. Cold and windy at the top, glad I brought a sweatshirt. Great views along the way and at the summit.

11 months ago

Great scenic trail. a little steep in spots but certainly doable for anyone in good shape. could be tricky if wet, but not too bad. Actually did up to lotc hut then over to mount monroe then over Franklin , up Eisenhower then back down Edmands. hitchhiked back to car. a great hike and highly recommended if u already did Washington as a standalone.

hiking
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Rigorous and challenging hike.
Great views everywhere!

Friday, July 07, 2017

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Excellent hike with great view of the gorge and waterfalls from short side trail

hiking
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Great trail. Nice and easy walk the first mile or so then up and up! Beautiful cascades and water falls all the way up till lakes of the clouds. One of my favorite hikes now.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

6.9? From the USFS parking lot it is 9miles round trip. 3.1 to AMC cabin, and another 1.4 to the summit of Mount Washington. otherwise, great hike.

hiking
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Hiked this last year (2016) in early June. One of the best hikes I've ever been on. Lots of beautiful waterfalls and scenic overlooks.

hiking
7 days ago

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