Mt. Washington loop via John Sherburne Ski Trail to Huntington Ravine to Lion Head

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Mt. Washington loop via John Sherburne Ski Trail to Huntington Ravine to Lion Head is a 7.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Gorham, New Hampshire that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until October.

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You start out at Pinkham Notch trailhead. If the bridge is out, start on the Sherburne ski trail to Tuckerman Ravine then on to Huntington Ravine. Up on top you can switch over to Nelson Crag to do the last push to the summit. Coming down, you can take Tuckerman to Lion Head, to Tuckerman and then the ski trail out. Huntington Ravine lives up to it's dangerous reputation and is not suggested for first timers unless you go with experienced hikers.

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Jeff Clare
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firm , icy, and needs more coverage

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Cassie Rodrigues
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Huntington was a harrowing climb, but the views were jawdroppingly gorgeous. If you have a fear of heights I would recommend against, but if you love to boulder/climb and are up for an adventure you are in for a treat. I was definitely out of my comfort zone but really glad I did it. Nelsons Crag was wet and windy today with slippery rocks. Whole summit was in a cloud. Descent down Lions Head was beautiful and much easier. Joined back up with Tuckermans at Hermit Lake to return to Pinkham instead of this loop cause I was really flagging. Overall an epic hike, took me 8.5 hours total.

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Timothy Holland
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timothy lang
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Sandra Sun
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Alex Buswell
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Great trail. Fun to do with family.

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Jonathan Gendron
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The Tuckerman part of the trail is nice and moderately trafficked, but once you divert to Huntington it's a whole different trail! Very low traffic, steep verticals, and tons of fun! This was simply exhilarating, I look forward to doing this trail again!!!

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Terin Arnold
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Tuckerman Ravine was closed, so we took Lion’s Head to the final cone up to the summit and then back down to our car at Pinkham Notch. The entire trail is a scramble requiring thoughtful foot placement, so anticipate that it will take far longer than what you might average on a regular hike of this length and elevation. (Get an early start). Rocks uphill and then back downhill, so make certain you have adequate foot gear (I hiked in my trail runners- no blisters). We brought snacks and lots of water- you can purchase lunch at the summit, but we brought sandwiches from the White Mountain Cafe in Gorham (they were delicious). You will also want sunscreen, bug deterrent, and layers. It is very windy at the summit and notoriously known as home to “the worst weather in America.” Prepare for the best and worst! Absolutely breathtaking. Felt as if we were in the Scottish Highlands, scrambling over mossy crags. Very pleasing to a couple that normally hike in the high sierras.

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mike millington
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10-5-18 Hiked Huntington Ravine to summit but returned to Pinkham Notch via Boott Spur Trail. Huntington Ravine is great! Not as scary as I expected but very steep and not for people afraid of exposure. Boott Spur is a forrested trail; lots of trees, narrow trail, roots, rocks and such. This is a great loop if you want the thrill of Huntington Ravine, Mt Washington Summit and a taste of deep New Hampshire woodlands on the way down.

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Melser Bonilla
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This hike will forever be in my heart. It’s definitely a hard hike but at the same time it’s a gorgeous hike. Heart stopping moments at Huntington revine make sure you take good shoes with traction.

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Pam Alexander
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John Reinhardt
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Cassidy Wilson
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Ben Yokum
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Brandon LaRoche
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Kevin M
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matt stark
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Kate Murphy
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Thomas Angel
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Bill Pratt
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