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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.

We had perfect weather for this hike, a slight detour at 2 points as Tuckerman's Ravine trail was under construction, the first portion of this hike is woody and rocky with a steady but not steep incline. We stopped and snacked/refilled water at Hermit lake shelter, from there it was a relatively steep incline once you are through the ravine, great views all along this trail and the last .8 mile requires scrambling at some places. Saw a lot of other friendly hikers along the way. The summit is super busy, so no quiet mountain summit moments, but a very fun trail and not too trying on a summer day- 3.5 hours up and 3 hours down.

Beginning of the trail is closed so we took the detour up the ski trail. It was probably the worst part-straight uphill on dirt with no traction in multiple spots. Once we got to the ravine, it was beautiful! It was steep but more actual hiking. Pretty warm and humid today until we got above the tree line. There was a nice breeze for the rest of our climb to the summit. I definitely recommend hiking shoes. Lots of rocks and even kind of a scramble-like hiking on the way to the top. Because of the waterfalls/small stream coming off the rocks, your shoes will inevitably get wet. I saw people in sneakers though I wouldn’t want to do it. Hike ended up being about 6 hours and we also stopped at the top for quite a bit. I think the weather really determines the capability of this hike. We had a perfect day and saw a ton of people who were probably in average shape that were doing just fine. If the weather wasn’t on our side, I can definitely see how it would get treacherous, with all the rocks on this route and on the way up to the summit. Just make sure you check the Mt. Washington weather site.

A beautiful and wonderful, yet rugged, hike in the whites! This trail is properly rated as hard. I am a pretty experienced hiker, and many of the elements of the trail made it difficult. My only complaints: There was a great amount of pine and shrub overgrowth on the last 3 or so miles of the trail and was also closer to 4.5 miles, making it a 9 mile hike out&back. It took me approximately 6.5 hours, about 4 hours ascending. There are multiple “false peaks” but that didn’t hinder the beauty of this trail. Make sure to download the topo map to track your progress! The waterfall at the beginning was beautiful, and carried on for a mile or so. There is no “Mt. Madison” sign at the top, to my disappointment, so you will know that you submitted by using the map. Enjoy!

From the start of trail always climbing upwards till the top . Good exercise for a good night sleep !

Very challenging for a couple that are in shape but only occasionally hike. Rocks and boulders the entire way. Took us 5 hrs up (left from the trail head at 9) and 4 hrs down on Tuckerman’s. Took breaks/pictures often and kept a slower pace. Awesome accomplishment, amazing views but we’re still feeling it a couple days later.

tuckerman up , lions head down. it seemed like tuckerman was steeper but I'd rather do that for both ways next time as it was a better trail overall.. 3 hours and 20 mins to get up. 2 hours 20 mins to get down. had some chilli from the cafe and snapped a few pics. saw some guy who needed first aid . the fatality board inside was interesting.

We hiked the Tuckerman Ravine Trail up and the Lion Head Trail down. The last mile and a half is definitely tough going over all the rocks and boulders but it was a lot of fun and well worth it! If I were to give advice I would say wear sturdy shoes, pace yourself and have fun!

This is a terrific relatively easy hike in/out. Well maintained trail. We saw only a few other people Went up past the A Trail shelter.

We hiked up Lion's Head (it's steeper) and down Tuckerman's and it was absolutely gorgeous. Incredibly difficult and we were sore for days, but totally worth it. We went at a fairly fast pace with a few stops and it took us 3.5 hours to get up and 3 to get down.

The hike can be divided into three distinct parts: the first third is fairly easy, then you hit the rest area with a water refill, then the second third is very rocky, and the last third is a seemingly neverending scramble on very uneven rocks that will break your spirit.

Overall, the Tuckerman's Ravine Trail is incredibly beautiful and has a waterfall, and next time I would definitely do this trail both up and down, as Lion's Head is just way steeper with lesser views.

In terms of clothing, you'll get very warm while hiking, but the top third is so windy and cold, you'll want to bring a hat, warm layers, and probably a windbreaker. Hiking boots are a must!

Speechless. What a hike! Tuckermans Ravine/Shurburne ski trail + Lionshead. Hardest thing I’ve ever done. In serious pain, but what a sense of accomplishment. Well worth it. Prepare, drink a lot of water, and be ready to face challenges.

Good luck!

7/7/18 left from Pinkham Notch at 7am. The weather was cloudy with rain forecasted so the parking lot was fairly empty. Took Tuckermans Ravine trail but there is a detour from the south end of the parking lot you have to take due a closure at the start of the trail. The detour is a steep ascent out of the gates which gets the heart rate up quick. Rocky ascent up to the lake shelter took about 1.5 hours and then the fun began. We stayed on Tuckermans from there as it is less exposed than Lions head and the weather wasnt looking promising. We almost turned around but we had the right gear so pushed through. From the lake shelter until about .5 miles to go we got poured on and visibility was low. Wind picked up towards the top. Last .5 miles was a mental test. Wind was 50-60mph and visibility was nil. We went from Cairn to Cairn. As you got to a cairn you could barely make out the next one. We moved like this through the wind and and foggy mist until the summit. It took 2:47 moving time according to the app. We decided it wasnt safe to descend so we took the shuttle down. This was a mental accomplishment and Luckily we were prepared with pants, OR Helium 2 rain jackets and multiple layers and a dry bag to keep everything dry. I would not recommend this hike if the forecast is anything but “clear”. We read the next day 2 diff groups of hikers had to be rescued that day due to not being prepared. We saw one of the groups earlier in the day.

My partner and I hiked this trail on 6/16. We got to the parking lot at 7:45ish in the am. The main parking lot was already filled and we circled back and found parking in a nearby dirt opening. I highly recommend starting this hike shortly after sunrise or as early as possible if you would prefer not to deal with the crowds. We read the signs at the trail’s entrance which indicated that sections of tuckerman’s ravine was closed due to an accident and falling boulders... yikes! And then began our ascent! This hike is really nothing short of incredible. In terms of our fitness level, My partner and I are avid hikers. We did 25 ‘hard’ trails in 17’ and aimed for 30+ this year. However, due to an accident earlier this year, we got a slow start to our hiking adventures. Mt. Washington was actually our 4th hike for the year to date. Not a lot of practice and perhaps out of our normal hiking Rhythm. Nevertheless, we comfortably made it up to the summit in 3.5 hours. We did tuckerman ravine to lions head. The final 1 hour ascent is the hardest. You are out of the tree line and exposed to the elements. For us, on that day it was the sporadic high winds and temperature drops that we found most interesting. When we made it to the top there was a race going on. Runners took the auto trail up to the summit along with supporters who drove up as well as others who took the train. It was chaotic but exciting. It certainly did not take away our feeing of accomplishment and excitement. We spent 2 hours at the top exploring the area, taking pictures, and finally grabbing some hot soup. At that point, we were freezing cold from the low temperature and high winds at the summit and also hungry. The soup might as well have been the world’s best soup.. hehe. Don’t forget to bring some pocket change to have some hot soup. The hike down was fun for us but we also felt some of the light pressure. We decided to run the last 30 minutes of the trail.. at that point, I could not feel my toes so no worries. All in all, I encourage you to do this hike. It is an amazing unforgettable experience. This trail does not require excellent physical fitness however, you need to have some basic hiking skills/experience and mental strength to keep going up the steep climb. If you are really concerned about fitness, try doing some similar smaller hikes to train for 1 month. On the trail, you will see and meet many hikers, some who are extremely fit and others who are not quite fit so do not be too worried or discouraged. An important note that goes without saying; hiking boots are a must. You’ll thank yourself later. Don’t forget to break them in.. As far as load, our pack was 60lbs. Two 46oz water bottles, 2 sneaker bars, 2 power bars and sweaters. My partner drank no water on the way up. He felt that it would interfere with his focus.. I drank approx 26oz.

Did this all in one day (including the drive) while living 4 hours away, 3am - 3am when I got back home. Summary: It’s doable, and a fantastic experience. Had an epic day. Ensure that the weather is optimal, and prepare your body for a pretty brutal tenure. It’s all worth it though!

Wow, tough. Parked at 9am. Sign said lot full but we found a spot. Started out on the detour (bridge work at beginning of trail) pretty sure we were climbing sherburne ski trail. STEEP. muddy. Then the detour led us to the actual trail after .25 mile or so... Gradual incline, mostly rock. HOT DAY 7/4/18. Then another detour to more steep ski trail for what seems forever. Then you reach the hermit lake shelter and water 100yds past hut. Then, it’s just straight up from there!! Took us 5.5 hours to top. Many breaks, so hot out. Spent an hour or so at top, 3.5 hours down around 730pm. Would prefer a less crowded trail next time!

We arrived at 7:20am and Pinkham Notch Lot was full! We got the last spot. First half of the Tuckerman Ravine trail was generally easy with nice waterfalls along the way. Had to take Lions Head Trail due to the Ravine having snow. Lions was steep and challenging but breaking the tree line made the challenge amazingly rewarding. Last mile was rocky and open to elements. We had a 70 degree day at the top of Mt Washington so the exposure was lovely and sunny. Took us 4 hours to the top and 3.5 down. Strenuous but completely worth it to experience the view of the presidential range.

Superbe montée!!!!!! Assurément, les bottes sont indispensables!!!!! Je la referais demain matin!!!! La vue est à couper le souffle!!!! Effort soutenu qui en vaut le coup!!!!!

Great views, off the beaten path (low traffic compared to Tuckerman' Trail) , a relatively strenuous yet spectacular hike.

It was a bit hard to find the trailhead, wish it was better marked but I'm glad we stuck it out and asked around. The falls were nice, we didn't get all the way to the top because we had some small kids but we were happy with what we saw!

Not for the faint of heart

hiking
24 days ago

My girlfriend and I (33/m and 32/f) hiked this trail today -- Pinkham Notch to Boott Spurr to Davis up to Mt. Washington. We descended via Tuckerman to Lion Head to Tuckerman.

The ascent (via this page's trail) was fine. The views are decent. Amongst the best in New England I guess, but it's no Patagonia or Norway, etc. The only reason I gave it a 4 star instead of 5 is because it's mostly just a ton of walking on rocks. It's not an enjoyable hike like what you'd see in non-White Mountain trails. So, that's a partially unfair rating, but partially fair. So, in the grand scheme of hiking, it's not nearly as enjoy as most good trails, because 100% of it involves stepping from big rock to rock (I'd give it a 2 or 3 star rating). However, all of White Mountains is like this, essentially, so given it's a White Mountain trail, it's a great one (I'd give it a 5 star rating).

Hard on the knees, due to rocks.

Total time up for us: 3 hrs 29 min.
Total time down (via Tuckerman / Lion's Head / Tuckerman): 3 hrs.

My wife and I climbed Mt Washington this week. We practiced by hiking the Frankenstein trail and biking Franconia Notch. This was our 1st time mt. climbing but enjoyed it tremendously. The views are beautiful. We are both 63 yrs old and felt pretty good about ourselves when we reached the Summit.

Well marked trail with incredible vistas. We went Lions Head since Tuckerman's higher up was closed. Quite challenging! I'm use to hiking trails with a lot of switchbacks coming from the desert southwest. 4,000' in

Lions head over looks is amazing

Best Mountain in New England

really great first time hikers trail. overlook at the end is decent but nothing compared to others in the area.

Hiked this in May 2016 and the comments about it being secluded and not maintained are spot on. You will notice this trail runs generally easy to West or vice versa so set your compass on a 270 or a 90 degree heading and look for gentle indentation in the ground for the trail. The compass doesn’t lie. As stated this trail is not for beginners.

Loved it very challenging towards the end but fun did it with my family

backpacking
1 month ago

beautiful challenging trail. wonderful waterfalls. brand new trail signs too. Roy was not lying - we ran into several people who reported many many trees down on the last segment of the great gulf, totally obscuring the trail. highly recommend using the sphinx trail for summit access instead - it worked very nicely.

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