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Tuckerman Ravine Trail to Mount Washington is a 7.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gorham, New Hampshire that features a waterfall 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.

Length 7.9 mi Elevation gain 4,169 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Rock climbing

Skiing

Snowshoeing

Bird watching

Running

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Muddy

Rocky

Scramble

Snow

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Please note that the trail to the summit from the ravine is currently closed. Mount Washington is the highest point in New England and the highest peak in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Often called the most dangerous small mountain in the world, Mount Washington is recommended for experienced hikers and climbers who can handle significant elevation gain. Tuckerman's Ravine Trail from Pinkham Notch is the most popular route to the summit. It is important to properly research this trail and bring proper gear as conditions can quickly turn dangerous as a result of bad weather in the form of severe storms, snow and wind. It is recommended that hikers contact the Mount Washington Observatory forecast (mountwashington.org/weather) and the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center prior to their trip. Those who hike the Tuckerman Ravine Trail will pass the Hermit Lake Shelters with great views of the ravine and a waterfall. Visitors can also reach the top via the Mount Washington Auto Road and the Cog Railway.

Parking is available at Pinkham Notch Visitors Center. Located on the left heading north on Rt 16 White Mountain Hwy. from North Conway. There is a changing/staging area in the basement where you can use the bathroom, fill water bottles and get suited up for the day. In the visitors center, there is also a cafe where you can buy hot meals.

Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, Gorham, NH 03581, (603) 466-2721

Directions to Pinkham Notch Trailhead: Take route 16 north from Glen, NH until you arrive in Pinkham Notch. Park in the large parking lot and look for the Tuckerman's Ravine Trail on the left. No fees but a small donation to park here is requested.

From the North: Take route 16 south from Gorham NH into Pinkham notch. Watch for the Tuckermans Ravine trailhead on your right. From the South: Take route 16 north from Glen NH into Pinkham notch. Watch for the Tuckermans Ravine trailhead on your left. The trailhead is very well marked. The parking lot is massive but it can still be difficult to find a parking spot when skiers are present. A small donation is requested.

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robert miller
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HikingClosedScramble

We started this hike very late in the day (3:30) and it was tough making it back before dark. We were really booking it on the way up (side note: very active, very in shape. Our time is not anything to go off of because we were sprinting up and should have taken more breaks), we got to the summit 2.5 hours, but should have really taken 3-4 hours for that. Part of this trail is closed and we had to scramble up lions den, which was very challenging. We did see a moose on the way up! Beware, you’ll think you’re approaching the top of the mountain, but once you get up you’ll notice that it’s a fake summit and my Washington is beyond that. If you could hike up and take a shuttle down (or have a ride waiting) I would suggest that!

Dhruv Shah
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Hiking

Amazing hike. Tuckerman is open only up to Hermit lake, so you have to take lion’s head trail to the summit. Lion’s head trail start 5 minutes before the Hermit lake point, so do visit Hermit lake shelter and take a well deserved break and eat some food. Climb after there is relentless rock scrambling which will require use of both shoulders and legs at some points. We did it on 4th july weekend, and weather was beautiful with amazing views. It was our first time. First time hikers plan carefully and be prepared to hike down as hikers shuttle is not operating and cog rail will take you to the other side of mountain which is 60 miles from Pinkham Notch Visitor center. I would suggest starting hike no later than 7:30 AM and down hike by 2:30 PM, to avoid hiking down in the dark. Water available at Hermit lake and summit. Keep water filter if you care for that. Keep bug spray for sure. Use good hiking boots.

Isabel Parreno
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Hiking

Fantastic hike! Do not forget the bug spray! This is a must... good luck!

Tony C
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HikingBugsClosedRocky

hiked the trail on 6.25.20. Scenery is beautiful with several waterfalls that you will cross via bridge. Hermit lake looks like a painting. The trail to the summit from the ravine was closed, there was a very helpful trail guide from amc named Larry who let us know about the lion heads trail to the summit. it was great to see such a diverse group of hikers, and several dogs that were able to summit and descend in about 7 hours. The only water is 100 yds from the caretaker's cabin, its ice cold and loaded with minerals. Dont forget bug spray, I had to douse myself several times.

Gina Henderson
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HikingBugsMuddyRockyScrambleSnow

Hiked this trail on 6/23/20. Tuckerman was still partially closed so we took Lion Head to the summit and back. Took 5hr 30min to summit, but that includes several breaks to enjoy the view and take pictures, a moose on the trail, and a heavy rain/hail storm on the rocks that sidelined us just before Lion Head reconnects with Tuckerman just below the summit. Took 4hr 30min to descend with a long break at the ravine overlook watching snowboarders. There was some snow still on the trail, but it’s a very short segment and doable in regular hiking boots (we also had hiking poles, which helped). Bugs were overwhelming at times so bug spray is essential. Overall a very challenging trail but we saw people of varying ages and skill levels complete it today! One additional important note - there are no facilities (NO WATER!) available at the summit. We brought about 80oz each and it was just barely enough.

Gopal Kandel
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Hiking

One of the toughest mountain to hike.

Ali Naboush
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HikingBugsRockySnow

Great trail if you have the experience of hiking on rocks for the whole trip . The way up is as hard as the way down which makes it very challenging . If you’re hiking in summer don’t forget to get a bug spray or you will have a nightmare!! There is snow in parts of the trail and you have to hike on it, and some parts of the trail could be slippery due to that melting . I finally have to say that at the top the views are okay and you will see lot of cars which is a downside of this trail

John Dillinger
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HikingBugsRocky

Hiked spring of 2018. Favorite hike of the past 5 years. Well marked and maintained. Narrow at some points with sheer cliff faces, you’re very exposed after you pass the tree line but we had insanely favorable weather, it was 65 and sunny at the summit.

Peter Busa
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Hiking

Skied tux, Twas a great time

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Hunter Jensen
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Zachary Martins
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Hiking

Great hike, did the climb and descent in 2017, took about 7 hours total. Couldn’t walk normally for 2 days afterward but totally worth it for the experience. If you’re going I recommend arriving early in the morning. We showed up around noon and had to race the last mile to get back before the sun finished setting.

Eli Sorna
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HikingIcySnow

Lost a black diamond raven ice axe and strap, just above tree line as well as another generic ice axe in this area in January. If anyone finds it I’d pay S&H to get it back. The bowl was gnarly.

Matthew Stokes
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Hiking

Lots of fun in the winter

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HikingRockyScramble

Did the descent only several years ago in the late summer. Very steep and always walking on rocks but beautiful vistas and accomplishment. Have not done the ascent on TR. Imagine it would be extremely challenging.

Timothy Monahan
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Hiking

Made to summit and back 11/9 and it was extremely cold & windy. Don’t recommend this hike for anyone without snow gear, crampons or at least micro spikes. Lots of ice Lion Head to Summit, knee deep snow etc. Summit was Planet Hoth and there is no shelter this time of year. Great experience for us, but some college kids were attempting in jeans and sneakers which was borderline suicidal. Bring proper gear for the worst possible weather!

Hidden Gem
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HikingIcyRockySnow

Amazing hike. Went up on 11/10/19 and experienced a winterized climate. The hike is brutal... especially after Lions Head. Winter gear definitely recommended with wind chill is the single digits and winds ramping up at any point. Must be in pretty good shape to complete this hike and make sure to check the weather forecast before attempting.

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