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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

on Wildcat Range Trail

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2 days ago

This hike is difficult/strenuous. We started at Glen Ellis Falls, crossed the river, and immediately were met with a vertical climb. After getting to the ski lift area, the hike is up and down and up and down. Not flat between peaks. Be prepared to work. I'd suggest taking an alternate route to get down if you can plan right (19 mile falls trail past the huts w/car spot at the bottom or bicycle spot for example). Heading back to the car across the same 5 peaks was crummy. Beautiful views, met a lot of wonderful AT hikers, but a challenging hike. Plan 8 to 9 hours.

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.

exhausting but beautiful. Great hike with family or friends.

I took Boott Spur Trail up from the Joe Dodge Lodge where I stayed the night before. A really nice option, you get the room, dinner & breakfast then an early start! The Boott Spur is awesome at 5500 feet too, you can see over to Washington easily, if the Mountain Gods bless you with clear skies! You can also see into Tuckerman's Ravine on the way up. I then took Davis Path down into the juicy mud (it rained hard the day before) before summiting Isolation. I returned up Davis then took the right onto Glen Boulder for the descent. So many pluses: it's a bit longer compared to the popular out/back option, you get more elevation gain, you get up on the shoulder of Mt. Wash., you see Glen Boulder AND Split Rock, and you get to take the Direttissima trail back to Pinkham Lodge (a huge treat!). A really great way to make your Isolation peakbag a really special trek...just do it!

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.

This trail is not for beginners. Its an all day hike. I was in pretty good shape and when I got home I experienced muscle spasms in my legs that were very pain full. The next time I did this hike I went to the Lions head then to the Lawn cutoff and back down the Tuckerman trail. Much better ! The full hike is really nice but you better be in top shape.

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.

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17 days ago

This was a very hard hike, to begin with, you have to cross a river that can be very challenging. After you start the trail, almost immediately you are hit with very steep rock scrambling that was very difficult at times, this continues through the whole hike. The day that we hiked Wildcat was very foggy and the visablity from the top was none. This was my first 4k and would not reccomend it as your first. We were planning to do the whole hike but just to get to the first peak took us about 3 to 4 hours so we headed down after just the first peak. On the way down it started to rain and the rock scrambling down was very challenging, I would not recommend bringing your dog. On a final note, this trail was not very well blazed but was fun nonetheless.

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.

Difficult hike but definitely more enjoyable than taking Tuckerman's all the way up. Lion Head gets very steep and there are definitely points where it's more climbing than walking, but the views all the way up are INCREDIBLE. You can see for miles and the nearby lakes look tiny. The last section to the summit is mostly scrambling over boulders and the temperature drops quite a bit but the summit on a clear day has amazing views. Definitely worth it.

This mountain left me hurting! An hour into it I had pouring rain and high winds! I trudged along but it was definitely difficult! Average hike time stated 8 hours and 35 minutes. I made it out and back in 8 hours even. Very slippery if the trail is wet! A great view from Glen Boulder!

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24 days ago

Nice mildly strenuous hike with some nice views of Mt Washington.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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 !

stunning.. kind of a larger crowd but.plenty free to roam around and see all it's beauty..just amazing

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