Explore the most popular skiing trails near Gorham with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Got up early to Pinkham and hit the trail, detours and all. The detours put you on the ski trail, which is incredibly steep, but it’s short and you get back on Tuckerman’s for most of it. It’s an easy hike until you go past the Hermit Lake hut and it’s water pump (fill up, you’ll need it). Dense fog in the ravine prevented me from seeing anything above me as I struggled up the wall. Halfway up the wall the fog cleared above me, demolishing my hopes of being near the top. But it was fun the whole way up. Got above the clouds and into the alpine zone, scrambled up the rocks to the summit. Time up was 3 hours. Hung out, and took 3 more hours working my way down Lions Head Trail. This is an unbelievable view of the ravine and everything around it. TAKE LIONS HEAD DOWN. It’s way easier too. Total time was 0700-1400. 7 hours total. Great hike but exhausting!

My friends and I took Tuckerman's Ravine up to the summit and back down. There were beautiful views. The detour that we had to take right in the beginning, was extremely muddy and difficult to get through but it just added much more conversation during the hike. I would definitely take this trail again.

The best hike I’ve ever been to. The view is amazing. You definitely need good hiking shoes winter jacket hat gloves etc. the summit is very cold and windy. The last half mile hike is no joke all rock climbing. It’s a great experience though we will definitely do it again !

Hiked today with my two dogs on ravine trail. A couple bridges were closed so we took a detour (very well marked detour). Thick fog at the summit so unfortunately no views there but the ravine trail was breathtaking!

Took us 4.5 hours total (including breaks for photos and snacks)

My dogs had no problem with the rocky terrain (lab mix and shepherd mix) but probably wouldn’t recommend for a new hiking dog/smaller dog

Completed this trail Saturday. Was breathtakingly beautiful. We went down the Boott Spur trail due to the amount of traffic on the trail. Overall a perfect day with perfect temperatures.

Hiked this in 3 hours with my 16yo son (I'm 53). Perfect weather, great views, very little traffic. We got an early start by staying overnight at the AMC lodge at the base. Two sections are still detoured before Hermit Shelter. Last 1/3 is very steep and exposed, so keep an eye on conditions.

This was an absolutely breath taking hike. It was difficult but definitely worth it. I DO NOT recommend dogs do this hike. The last mile of the hike had jagged rocks which were unstable and not good for the paws.

Amazing trail with beautiful views but thats all good about it. The difficult of the trail is indeed very Hard and this trail never gives a break in terms of flat terrain but its all going up! There are rest rooms at the Hermit Shelter other than the ones at the Pinkham Notch and the summit.

Second time in one month. It was hot and We have taken the Lions head trail while coming back. It was fun hiking the trail but the waterfall became smaller and wild flowers are almost gone.. Lot of difference and felt good doing it again.. I hope I will do it again in winter may be

I did the ascent in about 2 hours 30 minuets, but I was booking it. On the decent it took me about 3 hours 30 minuets. There’s a lot of cool features during the hike. Just a reminder that the earlier you start the less tourism you will have to deal with at the top.

We did this trail a few weeks ago on a Saturday and it was packed. I saw all levels of ability on the trail. I'd say it was on the high end of moderate to hard, due to the mileage and the downhill climb. I think we forget how different the down hill can be on tired legs. The detours were clearly marked steep dirt roads. I'm glad to have done this in the summer with great views and little, if any, wind at the summit, an unusual occurrence for Mt Washington

This trail was very strenuous right off the bat. People aren't kidding when they say you start climbing and keep climbing! we climbed A and D and it took us about 8 hours

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Parked in the lot by the wildcat lodge and hiked up polecat trail. Very good start to the hike - a long uphill grade. Once at the top it was a great trail - up and down from one peak to the next. Awesome views of tucks, huntington, adams, and madison. Turned back at the wildcat "a" peak. On return we caught a nice site: a wedding at the top of D peak. Scrambled down the slope back to the car... A great day.

I've just completed this trail yesterday in 9.5 hours including one hour at the summit. I went up Lion Head and came down on Tuckerman Ravine trail. It's my third time up this trail and this was my toughest mainly due to oncoming cramp. It was foggy and cloudy so can't see much at the observatory but the journey was the reward.

Brilliant trail. 5 hours up. Very challenging, yet suitable and confidence building for a 7 year old.

The detour up the ski trail places the steepest part at the base. Views past the hut are stunning.

Awesome hike, we went up via Tuckerman ravine and came down via lions head.
Specially loved the decent, it was very steep and Rocky.

We completed the hike in 9hrs including an hour at the summit for lunch.
It was very foggy at the summit so could not enjoy the view but the journey deserves the rating.

Awesome trail! Totally worth the climb. My dog struggled a little at the end, but it helps if you have a harness with a handle to help them over the real rocky sections.

Very well maintained trail up to the ravine. Took an hour to get to the cabins. Made the mistake of planning to summit after a night at the campsite. Great camping in the valley. Overnight the wind kept me up, sounds like a freight train coming down the ravine. Woke up before dawn exhausted and unable to see 20 yards in front of me through rain and fog. Weather on the summit read 70 knots of wind and 0 visibility. Called it quits and headed the 2.7 easy miles back to base. Moral of the story, never plan on sleep or good weather, if it’s nice weather take the summit your first day. I’ll be back but won’t stay overnight again.

Did this trail today with wife and two kids ages 4 and 7. Because of the detours it was much steeper than I recalled but we hit the base of tucks in 2 hours. Decided not to go any further because the hike down from the summit would have been too much for all of us and we didn’t have cash to take the hiker shuttle. Love this hike,can’t wait until next year

Seven of us did this hike on Sat, Aug 25. The weather was absolutely perfect, mid-80s, slight breeze, partly cloudy; just excellent t-shirt and shorts temperature. Even the summit was comfortable with a light windbreaker.

That morning, we arrived at the Pinkham Notch visitors center at 8am. By then the parking lot was already full, and cars had already started parking on the shoulder of RT16. We found parking in the overflow lot. After some last minute restroom visits, we started the climb at around 8:30.

The detour sections onto ski trail were steep but manageable. It seemed to take no time for us to get to the Hermit Lake Shelter. After a short rest, we refilled our water bottles, were soon on our way to the waterfall, followed by the infamous headwall. This was a rigorous climb, almost straight up, with alot of sun and little to no shade. At the same time, it offered a breathtaking vista of the ravine. From here you can see the trail all the way back to Hermit Lake, and an unbroken line of hikers that look like ants making their way up the valley. We were also lucky to catch the tail end of the wildflowers in bloom.

The last quarter of the climb involved a rock scramble over large jagged boulders. I’m very thankful for the folks here who suggested gloves, as poles were less useful here. Towards the top, we would stop every 3-5 mins to catch our breath, then muster every last drop of energy we can to burst forth for another 10-15 feet before running out of gas again. Lungs just could not catch enough air. Leg muscles were in rebellion. Mind is just blank with fatigue. We were definitely running on fumes by the time we reached asphalt. Yup, asphalt. We had reached the parking lot at the summit.

And then there were those wretched stairs. Never have I looked at another inanimate object with more disdain. If The One Ring was created with hate, malice, spite, and cruelty, this staircase would be its close cousin.

In any case, the hike up was crowded, as to be expected on such a nice day. And the summit was even more so. The line to take a picture at the highest point with the elevation sign was constantly 50 people thick. In the Sherman Adams building, it was difficult to find a table that we so desperately needed to sit down at. There were lines for the restrooms and lines to refill water. (There were additional restrooms downstairs) And of course the longest line lead to the cafeteria that accepts only cash and served chili dogs, pizza, chips, and ice cream sandwiches.

We spent about 2 hours at the summit resting, eating, exploring, and snapping pictures from the observation deck. The views are as magnificent as foretold. One minute, thick white clouds would roll in an engulf everything. Then clear up 15 mins later.

Eventually we began our descent at 3:30. We were ever so slightly tempted to take the hiker shuttle down, but it is first-come-first-serve, was already full, and we didn’t have enough cash.

The hike back was slow going. Our aching legs and feet had to learn how to climb downwards. With large boulders to circumvent, lose rocks at every other step, and slippery wet surfaces, it was a treacherous endeavor. We opted to take Lions Head trail down expecting an easier more gradual descent. But it was equally difficult with very steep, wet and technical sections.

The trail just went on for what felt like forever, and we hadn’t even reached the halfway point of Hermit Lake. Morale was draining away. Backs were sore, legs were shaking, toes were screaming. One of our group took a tumble, but luckily got back on his feet with some scrapes and bruises.

We made it to the Hermit Lake shelter by 6:30. As we continue downwards, we were losing daylight quick. As some point we decided that it would be better to follow the Sherburne ski route the whole way down instead of following the detour back onto Tuckermans. It was a wider trail and brighter lit, despite have some steep and muddy sections. Hiking poles definitely helped here. The sun did set at 7:33 and flashlights came out 15 mins later. Unfortunately not all of us were prepared with lights, so depending in poor visibility slowed us down even more. Thankfully, no one tripped and we got back to the trailhead at 8:05, with just enough light to make it back to the car.

It took us 5 hours 15 mins to reach the summit and 4 hours 45 mins to make our way back down. It was an excellent trail, with good variation, amazing views, and ultimately a great time with good friends.

Key takeaways:
1/ With water refill stations at the Hermit Lake and the summit, do not over pack on water, it will just weigh and wear you down.

2/ Start early, at perhaps 7am. Not only do you get more daylight use, you have a better chance to get a decent parking spot.

3/ Never go hiking without a flashlight or headlamp. Never.

4/ Bring cash.

5/ Poles and gloves recommended.

I hiked this trail with my boyfriend on 8/26. It was a beautiful day with clear blue sky. There are two detours which takes you on a ski trail and it’s a little bit steep. The overall hike is amazing and gets beautiful as you hike up. The path along the waterfalls was my favorite part of the hike. I highly recommend this hike!

Gorgeous views. A few detours this year, but still a great hike overall.

Myself and 3 friends recently completed this hike. I completely underestimated the difficulty of this hike, but we managed to ascend in approximately 3.5 hours, spent an hour on the summit, and then descended in about 4 hrs and 15 minutes. The hike down was more difficult than going up in my opinion as we were literally climbing down boulders/rocks the entire time so we had to be extremely careful with our footing. We stopped frequently to eat snacks, take photos, and drink water. We took the Tuckerman Ravine Trail up and came back down via the Lions Head Trail. We had a picture perfect day to complete this hike. Absolutely breathtaking views wherever you looked, numerous points throughout the hike I found myself turning around and just taking everything in. Was completely in awe of the pure beauty of the mountains. I would absolutely love to do this hike again at some point. My advice for anyone contemplating this hike is to be sure to prepare yourself mentally for the challenge!

Hiked on 8/25/2018. Weather was perfect and the trail was semi-crowded but not too bad. The detour is NOT fun due to some very muddy and very steep inclines. The trail opens up into Tuckerman Ravine proper after the Hermit Lake Shelter, and you will begin slowly ascending out of the ravine as you hike past some amazing waterfalls. From there, it's direct to the summit through the toughest part of the trail. Nothing but boulders, big and small. Watch your footing and keep on eye on the cairns, especially if the visibility is poor. One you're there, enjoy it! The descent can be equally as tough if not tougher due to the treacherous footing near the summit and the wet rocks going down out of Tuckerman, but once you get back to the shelter it's a straightforward walk back to Pinkham Notch. Just be sure to watch the downhills on the detour.

Mildly difficult, tough for the first 30-45 minutes then it’s your typical 4K trail until you reach Wildcat D (took me about 1h45 from Pinkham Notch Center. Trek to Wildcat A was tough but not too bad took about an hour one way. Worth it for the views of Carter Dome. Going down Polecat and the road walk were the worst part of this hike.

Hard but worth it very beautiful especially near waterfall bring lots of water the last half mile is tough saw mama and baby moose along the trail within the first quarter mile of the trail too!

Legs = ouch but would recommend

Extremely awesome hike. Lots of boulders. Bring water

Super. Hard. I had thought lions head down would be easier than Tuckerman but a big challenge too. Great views on 8.20.18.

We had perfect conditions for our first Mr. Washington hike. The detour wasn’t bad, slightly muddy. Past the hermit lake Shelters is definitely steep but totally doable. We were fine without poles but probably would have helped on the descent. The views were absolutely gorgeous.

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