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beautiful short hike with amazing fall at the end!

hiking
3 days ago

Found it to be a difficult hike. Not because of the elevation or not being in shape, which we were, but the entire trail was walking over large boulders. Coming down was total concentration on where to step to not twist an ankle. Other than that, it was beautiful with great views of the clouds racing by.

Did this hike on Oc14th 2018. Weather was perfect for a fall day (42 at trail head, 30 on the ridge). Nice trail up to Zeta pass. Great view of the Presi's. Wind was firm but not crazy so we were thankful of the trees cover for much of the hike while still having great outlooks. We could see the ocean glimmering on the horizon to the southwest from the top of south Carter. Trail was wet from the weeks of rain but there was a crust on much of the much. We hiked out Carter Moriah trail to our car which makes for a very gentle last few miles.

walking
7 days ago

great short walk with beautiful views

hiking
12 days ago

This trail gets very steep, very fast. If you want a 4000fter they give it to you, quickly. The trail takes you straight up rocks but opens up to some amazing lookouts before reaching the gondola at Wildcat. It was a cloudy/foggy day for our group, which made the hike a bit more mentally challenging because you couldn't quite place where you were. A lot of up and down to get to all the peaks. Overall, good trail and would recommend especially on a clear day. Tough trail but worth the views! If you have time, I suggest also hiking Lost Pond at the bottom of this trail head.

12 days ago

With all of the great trails to hike in the whites , this is one to pass up. Limited views , walking on top of wet stones in stream bed, I’m giving this a 2 out of 10 points

Tuckerman Ravine is like some foreign alien looking landscape! Absolutely nuts! The glacial cirque is truly a sight to behold. Once inside the bowl, you climb up the headwall, and then another push up a set boulder fields. A fun and very memorable climb! Then, you’ll see the parking lot and cars and craziness that is the top, and probably have to wait in line for a summit pic if that’s your thing. Any serious east coast hiker, would be remiss to have missed out on Mount Washington.

Great trail with gorgeous views of the falls

on Pine Mountain Trail

hiking
13 days ago

We did the Pine Mountain Trail from Gorham, starting from Union Street. It’s about 2.4 mile one-way. Views are amazing from the top. Make sure to go to Chapel Rock.

This is not a great trail. You can hear the road for most of it, and the views are not enough to make up for the slog. Starts out with a fairly steep climb — not the worst, but not enjoyable — and then mostly evens out for the last bit. We did it mostly to check it off of our 4000 footer list and we won’t go back.

10-5-18 Hiked Huntington Ravine to summit but returned to Pinkham Notch via Boott Spur Trail. Huntington Ravine is great! Not as scary as I expected but very steep and not for people afraid of exposure. Boott Spur is a forrested trail; lots of trees, narrow trail, roots, rocks and such. This is a great loop if you want the thrill of Huntington Ravine, Mt Washington Summit and a taste of deep New Hampshire woodlands on the way down.

Great but too much dirt road before the real trail.

very nice trail, walk along the creeks. there is a lake at the top. the staff at the hut is very friendly. lots of rock, but it is not very steep.

Great views at the top. Pretty steep at some sections but if you are in decent shape shouldn't be a problem. Dog made it just fine but she's got decent rock climbing skills

Hiked this route to the summit yesterday. Weather was extreme (sub freezing and 40-50 mph sustained winds) and foggy so no great views, but the feeling of accomplishment was exhilarating. It was challenging but anyone on the fence based on these reviews should go for it. The detour this year is steep and is basically walking up muddy ski runs for an hour. Trekking poles help a lot. Past the hiker cabin the trail changes into a narrow series of steep rock steps up past the waterfall, where you emerge from the trees and essentially climb the waterfall on the face of Tuckermans. It is majestic. This section is more exposed and wet and requires some focus. Gloves are essential from here on. The trees continue to get smaller and eventually when you emerge past the tree line it is a steep rock scramble for what feels like forever but is really 0.6 miles. This is literally finding foot placement over and over on large and small rocks and the angle is very steep so it’s all quads. Just straight up. At no time did I feel like I was going to fall off the mountain, but you don’t want to turn around and look down much. This section is very windy and exposed and layering is a must. Reaching the parking lot and the stairs was amazing, and it was totally jarring to see all the tourists and train people at the stop. Still, Mt Washington should be on the bucket list of east coast hikers and the Tuckermans route is a great mix of views, changing topography and lung-burning exercise. If you’re thinking about it and nervous like I was - DO IT!

DId this trail in late September. Great views from Mt Hight and Wildcat but the views from the Carters we're either non-existent or a little lacking. Lots of variety in scenery. Took me about 8.5 hours including a ~45min lunch break. Great way to knock off 4 4000 footers in one day!

Superbe randonnée via tuckerman ravine et retour via lion’s head. 2h45 pour la montée, et 2h20 pour la descente. La chute d’eau est superbe et après l’avoir passé, le vent s’est levé et la dernière portion est difficile mais splendide!!! Au sommet, rafale de plus de 90 km/h ! WoW. Gants et tuque nécessaire ainsi que de bonne bonne de randonnée. Nous avions la tête dans les nuages au sommet alors aucune vue... Amenez vous du linge pour vous changer au sommet et du linge à votre arrivé au bas!!! Combien plus confortable...
Nous y reviendrons assurément!!

I personally loved this trail. We did the ascent up Lions Head and then down Tuckermans. I was in awe of the views the whole way down in the ravine and it was much less steep I thought. Would definitely do this hike again!

hiking
21 days ago

I love this hike. Very light moderate with some climbing at the end. Great views! Make sure to side trail it to Chapel Rock... worth it! Took me about 3.5 hours including about 45 of resting/exploring the views time

hiking
21 days ago

Lovely walk in by the brook. It gets difficult at the end, steep and rocks. There are a few good views along the way once you get onto the Carter trail. Make sure to enjoy those. If you go to the summit of Moriah, the view isn’t as good as the others.
Definitely a great hike, worth it to do the extra mile or so on the Carter AT trail. Took me about 7.5 hours, moderate pace with some stopping.

I hiked this trail yesterday with my friend, and I’d consider us beginners, meaning we hike occasionally and aren’t that fast. We started the hike on the Sherburne ski trail detour and then ended back on tuckerman’s ravine (there was one point after the steep incline in the beginning of the ski trail where we weren’t sure if we should go left or right and there wasn’t a sign so we took the wider trail on the right and landed back on tuckerman’s). There was no one in sight for a very long time and we started to worry but then we ran into a woman who let us know we were on the right track and to keep to the left! So we ended up at the Hermit Lake Shelter after roughly 2 hours, then continued up Tuckerman’s trail. It really was beautiful and it was really the perfect day for this hike! The sun was out for part of the hike and then it got super cloudy. We each brought winter jackets, gloves, extra pants, and about 3.5L of water, and that was way too much. We’d always heard about how unpredictable the weather on Mt Washington was so we wanted to be prepared (but I don’t think on this specific day we needed all that extra gear, so our packs definitely weighed us down).
Back to tuckerman’s.. there was this wonderful narrow waterfall we had to cross at this pretty steep section on the way up and that part was a little nerve wracking but after that we just kept moving forward and followed the signs/cairns to the summit. The last part of the hike up is all rocks and you’re using your hands a lot at this point. I will say the rocky section was the hardest for me, every time I thought we were just about finished there were more and more rocks to conquer! Finally we reached the summit after 4 hours and 47 minutes! There’s a lot to see at the top and we met this fellow hiker who we had spotted a few times on the way up, and we all decided to hike down together. I’m not sure how we spent an hour and a half at the top but we did lol we hiked back down about 2.5 hours before sunset thinking that’d be enough time but boy it was not! We took lion head down and while it was beautiful and not as rough as tuckerman’s it was still really hard for us. The terrain was still very rocky and windy (at one point there was a ladder which I was grateful for because I don’t think I would have made it down safely without it!) the trail seemed to be NEVER ENDING. It quickly got dark, and a fellow hiker caught up with us and kept us company. I’d consider these hikers our trail angels because as beginners my friend and I easily would have gotten so discouraged in the dark on lion’s head. Toward the end we came across the bridge thats currently being built on tuckerman’s and just kept on trekking. We ended back at Pinkham notch lodge after a little over 4 hrs, so I’d say the hike itself took us about 9 hrs (not including the time spent at the summit). All in all, my least favorite part was hiking down but the hike up was wonderful in so many ways, and we feel extremely fortunate to have met such nice people all around!

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.

I think I’m in pretty good shape and the first two miles kicked my ass. Got much easier after that. Amazing views once you approach the boulder. Went the extra 1/2 mile to Boot Spur. It was a very easy 1/2 mile and I would recommend to get some great views of Washington.

Took my dog with me. He had some difficulty just before reaching the boulder at about the 1.25 mile mark, I had to lift him up- luckily he is only 30lbs. If your dog can make it to the boulder, it is simple after that.

Took me just over 7 hours with a few breaks. I pushed very hard though.

Easy walk to the falls. A few steps that are a little steep. Very rewarding!!

26 days ago

I would like to do half star but can't!! NH what a rip off! To get to this trailhead you have to pay a$31 fee to drive the auto road to the trail. Have a passenger? Well that's an additional $9 per person!! Skip and do something more fun and less expensive

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.

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