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Great trail. Easy early with steepness increasing late and up to the ridge. Then, very reasonable ridge walk back and forth between summits. Great views from both summits.

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23 hours ago

I don't know what to say here....we summit-ed via Tuckerman's and descended via Crawford, Davis, Camel and Boott Spur. I hated it. I absolutely hated Boott Spur. My knees were KILLING me and I don't have knee issues and am an experienced hiker. I was honestly brought to tears by the end. It is a VERY long and steep trail, which forces you to do some butt sliding.....but mostly just bigs steps down, over and over. Maybe it's time to get some knee braces :/

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23 hours ago

I don't know what to say here....we summit-ed via Tuckerman's and descended via Crawford, Davis, Camel and Boott Spur. I hated it. I absolutely hated Boott Spur. My knees were KILLING me and I don't have knee issues and am an experienced hiker. I was honestly brought to tears by the end. It is a VERY long and steep trail, which forces you to do some butt sliding.....but mostly just big steps down, over and over. Maybe it's time to get some knee braces :/

Amazing hike! We took Tuckerman's up...took Crawford to Camel to Davis to Boott Spur down. DO NOT DO BOOTT SPUR...EVER. For the love of God it sucked. Crawford/Came/Davis is some of the most beautiful hiking I have ever don...gorgeous. It sort of meanders a long the ridge. Boott Spur is what plummets you down the mountain and it is looooooong and very hard on the knees. Took forever. We should have just gone back down Tuckerman's.

challenging but beautiful.

We hiked up Tuckerman's and down Lion's Head on a day with perfect weather. Tuckerman's was a challenging trail. Unfortunately there was a detour up muddy, steep inclines for the first part which wasn't enjoyable, but past the detour up to the hut was a nice hike. After the hut (which is a great spot for a snack and water refill) the trail becomes very steep and rocky, climbing quickly around a waterfall. Views on this part of the trail are breathtaking. After the ravine you are above tree line and essentially bouldering. I did not find this part of the hike enjoyable as it was incredibly steep, treacherous footing, and exhausting. The views made it bearable. For those who get caught in weather along this part of the trail the cairns are spaced close together for safety, but I highly recommend planning this hike around the best weather possible. Hiking up to the summit and back to the trailhead in one day was exhausting and became a full day trip. For anyone attempting this hike I recommend packing plenty of food, extra layers, dry socks to change into at the summit, money (if you want food, souvenirs, or a ride down the mountain), wear good hiking shoes (NOT sneakers), bring hiking poles if you have them, a first aid kit with moleskin, and plenty of water (you can refill at the hut and at the summit; both my hiking partner and I went through 4+ liters each for the round trip). Reaxhing the summit was a hugh acomplishment! Overall, it was a hike I may try again but I would plan on camping out at the hut or taking the shuttle down as doing it all in one day was ambitious. Good luck to anyone interested in this trail, and hike smart.

Great hike. I guess I got a good day. No rain, low cloud, strong winds for the last hour. but a fairly comfortable hike. Terrain makes it slow-going but luckily (for me) no real exposure or sense of plummeting off the mountain. Must be much harder on a stormy wet day, for sure. Just over 3 hours (3-30 inc. breaks)

Steep and challenging but well worth the views! Loved this hike

Hiked this on Sunday, Aug. 12. There was a steady drizzle most of the way up and solid rain showers coming down. This made for lots of muddy areas on the ski detour trail. The detour trail was very steep as others have stated and there were no views to be had on our day. We are experienced hikers and like to move fast with very few breaks on the way up. We made it up the mountain in a quick 2.5 hours, but coming down on wet rocks (via Lions Head Trail) took a lot more work and 3.5 hours. Glad I brought along some gloves to hold onto all of the rocks as it was pretty much wet and jagged rock hand holds for a long ways down. My husband slid down one rock slab on Lions Head and got a deep puncture wound from a tree root into his shin. Glad we had a first aid kit to treat it, but it definitely slowed him down a bit. Bottom line is come prepared for this hike - rain gear, trail shoes, layers, gloves, and first aid kit. Hope to be back one day when the skies are clear and the main trail is open again.

Very cute, very short, tons of people

The trail is rated hard and it is. Recommend to have experience doing this hike. It’s no joke. Coming down gets tuff too
Will do it again in the fall, summer hikes are busier times on the Trails

Hiked this once in July 2016 and then again July 14th, 2018. First time we had a tough time after the hut, and lost our way due to fog. Made it to the top but took the shuttle down.

7/14/18 was much better. The detour was annoying, straight up and all mud. But once you got to the hut it was beautiful views, and a difficult but rewarding hike. Once you reach the signs for the summit (all scrambling from there) it is pretty tough! Wind and fog can be disorienting but if you are there at a busy time, there are plenty of other people to follow or at least gauge where you're going. We will definitely be back in the future as it is such a tough but breathtaking hike.

These were 18, 19 & 20 for our NH 4000 footers. We went up 19 Mile Brook Trail to Carter Dome trail. Book time for those 4 miles is close to 3.5 hours but we did it in 2 hours. The trail was 19 Mile Brook Trail was fairly easy, and Carter Dome trail was a little harder but not much- it was mild incline the whole way. From here we took Carter Moriah over to South and Middle Carter. This 2.1 mile leg (one way) took about 90 minutes there and about the same back. Some up and down but nothing too difficult. When we got back to Zeta pass we decided to go for Carter Dome. We skipped Mt Hight to save a little time and distance but missed what we heard were great views. The trail up to Carter Dome was a mild incline and took about 40 minutes (1.2 miles) up and 50 minutes down. We back tracked down the Carter Dome Trail and Nineteen Mile Brook Trail in another 2 hours and 20 minutes. The hike was long- 10 hours including an hour of break time and 15 miles- but the trails themselves were easy-moderate the whole way.

exhausting but beautiful. Great hike with family or friends.

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8 days ago

New England hiking at its best. This is a long approach to the summit of Mt. Washington. It offers excellent 360 degree views. The trail along the ridge is of course rocky. It took 4 hours to reach the summit. Conditions were ideal. If you have the time and prefer less trail traffic, this is the path to explore.

Took tram up top so shortened hike by about a mile of steep climbing. Enjoyed the scramble climb very much and climb was mostly uphill until last, downhill mile. Not too many views but rocks afforded good hand holds and were manageable. Carter Notch Hut small but very historic as was one of earliest built. Great croo! Easy decent via 19 Mile Brook Trail. Pretty along the rock strewn streams in the woods. Weather extremely changeable so be prepared as always for the Whites.

Wonderful experience, More climbing than expected

The App works well

There is a lot of Detours in the Tuckerman Ravine.
Some of them not do not specify where it takes you.
Beside that, there is a magical view of the waterfalls in the ravine area itself.
And breeze along the trail with beautiful Tundra plants and wild flowers.
Today was muddy. Also, walking into waterfalls part of the time, but wast refreshing on the open, exposed trail.

I hiked this on Sunday. the detours are steep and muddy. I hiked alone and prior to this hike the highest I'd ever hiked was 1,400ft. It was definitely challenging especially the last .8 miles. While you are very much on your own there is an underlying sense of comradory with all of the other hikers on the trail. The views are very humbling and almost brought tears to my eyes. Initially I said I'd never hike this again but after some rest I most definitely will!

Beautiful. Calming. You must experience the powerful spray at the base of the waterfall.

Took us four hours and 15 min to hike to the summit. We were too exhausted and felt that the hike down would be too hard so took shuttle back to parking lot.
Loved the views but the two worst parts/hardest parts were the beginning ( walking the ski trails because of the detour. It was straight up and muddy) and the last 0.8 miles ( poor trail markings).
I was asked if I would ever hike Mt Washington again.... this is like asking a new mom if she is ready to have another baby. Right now, NO! But give me time to recover and then I might in a couple years.
I wish I had hiking gloves for all the rock scrambles and hiking poles for the first mile going up (if I was hiking back down).
You definitely need to be prepared with hiking boots, water, and other hiking supplies. If you have kids, they need to be older and not prone to whining.
This was serious hiking! The “hard” rating was legit!

Hiked this trail on Sunday. There are currently 2 detours- 1 in the beginning up a ski trail and the second in the middle up another ski trail. Both detours are very steep and bery muddy. This trail is the first “hard” rated trail that I have actually found physically challenging (a good challenge). The detour makes the trail 5.8 miles rather than 4.1.

Take this trail VERY seriously and do not attempt it unless you are a very experienced hiker. About halfway up, you climb up the waterfalls. The trail is only about 2 feet wide at that point, the rocks are wet and it requires some serious crawling and manuvering. The views are absolutely incredible at this point but the drop down is terrifying. You can see Tuckermans bowl and the Presidential range.

Did this in August 2015. We got there around 8am and were back down by 830pm. Theres a hut about half way. Some hands needed on the steeper parts above the treeline, but nothing too crazy for the average person. We took our time at the peak and it is COLD. Definitely worth the climb though. It was my first trip up the mountain and has a great view of the presidential ridge and White Mountains as a whole. When I went there was still frozen snow near the top. Super cool area. The decent we

Just a word to the wise and dog lovers/owners - learn from my mistake. We hike a lot and I didn’t think bringing my dog would be an issue. If you bring your dog with you - make sure to do something to protect her/his feet. We had great weather and a great time but my poor 95 lb shepherd mix pups padding wore off his feet from the rocks on the trail the last 1.5 miles. It took us 6 hours to get down the mountain and several people tried to tape his feet to help him. Unfortunately even still I ended up spending $800 in Vet bills (some of which I’ll be reimbursed for by pet insurance). But please protect your dogs feet if you bring the pup. My dog is fine and his pads should grow back. He’s supposed to be taking it easy for at least the next week maybe up to a month.

the first 2 miles are currently on a detour which is pleasant, but not fantastic. They entire trail is quite steep. the 2nd 2 miles is where the trail gets great. There's some exposure and towards the top, are several ways to summit. we accidentally took the "wrong" way, but found it easier despite added distance. Vans at the top can take you down. Or hike. We spent a leisurely 7.5 hours on the trail. slow/ moderate pace with about a 1.5 hours break at the top.

This trail was my first serious hike in the White Mountain and it was quite memorable. I didn't had a good hiking boot and I really paid the price. But since then I am properly equipped and much better conditions and I've hiked this trail three times now and every trip is truly memorable.

It is especially nice when we add an overnight stay at the Lakes of the Cloud hut. As for the views, it is good but I honestly prefer the views from lower peak like Mount Flume, Mount Liberty, Mount Monadnock and Mount Morgan/Percival better. The best view I think is offered by 2K-3K mountain peaks. Mount Washington's peak is so high that it is all rocky and I am not a big fan of rocky landscape. It does look really surreal the first time you see it.

It is personally very rewarding to be able to scale a 6K footer. There are not that many people who can do that so it gives a special feeling to know you're among those who can do it.

I plan on taking on Mount Washington again next month but taking Huntington Ravine this time.

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27 days ago

Don’t go down the pond trail :)

My husband and I hiked this trail with our 2 kids ages 11 and 10 yesterday. Wow! We are fit adults (triathletes) but only moderately experienced hikers, and we thought we would have no problem with the trail. We did feel a bit in over our heads- the middle part by the waterfall felt downright dangerous in some places as I imagined one of us slipping on the wet rock and tumbling over the edge. But the views really were stunning. The last 0.8 miles up the rock scramble was the only really physically challenging part. The kids just bounded from rock to rock like little mountain goats but we parents were literally scrambling with hands and feet- it felt like it would never end. Beware, there are some loose rocks too which make it tough- and I can’t imagine doing it in poor conditions. (We had extra gear with us but didn’t need to put it on as the sun was shining at the top and there was little wind. However we heard that just last week 2 separate groups needed to be rescued, suffering from hypothermia after weather moved in).
Overall it took us about 4.5 hours to hike up. This was longer than we expected, and since it was getting into later afternoon we took the shuttle down the auto road ($30 per adult) which took us back to the Pinkham parking lot.
So, definitely a doable hike for a family, as long as you are prepared. Highly highly recommend.

Awesome trail. Turns into a rock scramble about halfway up the mountain and gains about 2400ft in ~1.6 mi. Great views going up/down the mountain after about the halfway point, but the summit was foggy. The fog clears away just a few hundred feet from the summit to reveal some spectacular views.

Beautiful trail, great views of presidential range along the way and 360 views at top. A pretty constant incline and some scrambles once you pass Surprise but all manageable. Would recommend footwear with good tread for safety, even if it’s not wet. I’d rate this as easy to moderate, but may be difficult for someone who isn’t in the best shape, however still doable.

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