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Hike is tough but worth it. Beautiful views throughout.

As noted by many others, this trail starts off fairly benignly, and is totally manageable for the first 2 miles. I was expecting things to become steeper and more strenuous as we ascended, but I was not prepared for the frequent scrambles up enormous smooth boulders peppered throughout that last mile. While others scampered up with no trouble, I was terrified I’d lose a hand or foothold and tumble perilously off the rocks. If I weren’t even more afraid to go back down the trail, I would have definitely given up. I should say that conditions were ideal on the day of our climb (8/10), so that was not the issue. I guess it was just more than this 62 yr old fit but somewhat inexperienced hiker should have bitten off! Thank goodness my husband was with me to lend a helping hand! Btw, the hike from Lake of the Clouds to the top of Mt Washington was a piece of cake in comparison, and views were breathtaking!

Very difficult but worth it!

Hiked up Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail and then down Jewel Trail. The combination of these is perfect. Ammonoosuc is definitely difficult including crossing 2 waterfalls and a constant rock scrabble to the tree line and beyond then from Lake of the Clouds to the summit it is just a killer stair master climb. Jewel coming down is no picnic as it has its own rock scrabbles but no water so it’s less treacherous. I know they say you can take dogs but being a dog lover I think the rocks on these trails will tear most dogs pads to shreds. The views once beyond the trees are spectacular. Bring something warm for the summit, we started at 80 degrees but the summit was 54 plus 25-30 mph winds.

We hiked from the bottom of the ravine trail to the hut. When I read about the trail, I didn’t realize the extent of the ledges (which were slippery with water running over them yesterday). I love hiking, but this ruined the first half of my day, due to an extreme fear of heights. Yes, I’m aware I was hiking a mountain - but there’s hiking, and there’s rock climbing, which is what the last almost mile and a half of the trail felt like to me, until you reached the hut. The trail was deceiving too - the first two miles were very easy, I was actually wondering why the hike was classified as a hard hike. I soon found out why.

Thankfully the Crawford Path was available to take us back down the mountain, because there is no way I would have tried to go back down that trail. There were a few people going down the ravine trail as we went up. Kudos to them, but not for those with any sort of fear of heights.

Amazing! We hiked up on 7/27/18. I had super low expectations going in as my family (Mom (46), Dad (51), two teens (15, 13)) had never done anything like this before and now I can’t wait to do it again! We started at the Cog Railway and I’m not ashamed to admit we looked like morons trying to find the entrance to the Jewell Trail. So that you too don’t look like us, if you start at the Cog, walk past everyone in line then cross the tracks and you’ll see the Jewell Trail sign. We’ve had a lot of rain so did have to take our time and wait our turn crossing the river/stream. We took the Jewell Trail because everyone said it was “easier”. I can’t even imagine what the Ammanassouc (so?) is like if Jewell was easier. It took us 4.5 hours to the Summit and frankly, it was tough. However, once you get thru the tree line, it is all worth it!!!! Bring binoculars!! I actually found above the tree line harder because the Trail didn’t seem as defined. Yet another tip for folks... follow the rock formations as that is the Trail. Took us awhile to figure that out ;). I wish I tracked how long it took us to the tree line but I think it was about half our time to get to tree line and then half our time from tree line to Summit. Last tip... if you think you have enough water, you don’t. Pack more as we were down to baby sips the closer we got to the Summit! Overall great trip and surprisingly my legs didn’t hurt the next day! I think they would have tho had we climbed down and not taken the Cog. We had to train it tho as we were so not prepared for the weather that was coming in! Happy Trails!!

I hiked up the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail in June and stayed at Lakes of the Clouds before summiting Mt Washington the following day. It was a beautiful, challenging hike that rewards you with incredible views along the way. Don’t let the distance fool you...it’s the steep elevation gain after you pass Gem Pool that is the challenge. Well worth it though. Highly recommend!

We (my wife, 7 year old daughter and I) went up Ammonoosuc to the summit and down Jewell. Saturday was an absolutely perfect day. 4 hours up and maybe 30 minutes on the summit (being such a nice day, it was a mob scene) and 4 hours down. There were parts of Jewell coming down where the bolder scramble was really tough for my daughter but it was an absolutely great time. I did this trail with my mom and sister about 20 years ago and had not come up from the West since, despite probably 10 or 12 hikes up Mt Washington in between. It was the first summit for my wife and daughter and we’re all looking forward to more hikes in the Whites soon!

Missed a few trails due to poor weather in the AM with all the fog but it took me 4 hours and 15 mins from bottom to top to bottom. I did a little trail running when applicable. The steep climbs around mile 2 were tough but very doable. I loved this hike/trail run. I highly recommend it but to those who try it soon make sure you start around 8 am or so. 6am was a little rough temp wise.

This was a fantastic hike for views up and down. We did the trail counterclockwise, which I think made for a great ending along the Gulfside/Jewell Trail, which actually sparkles in the sunlight. Ammonoosuc Ravine trail is pretty straight ascent and lots of big loose rock at the top. We stopped at Lakes of the Cloud hut (bring cash for coffee, lemonade or a home cooked meal). Then about a mile and a half more to the summit (where there are lots of food options and a ride down on the railway). We overpacked for a cold summit and brought our own food. Also, it feels a little odd to share your accomplished summit with folks who drove up and have to stand in a line to take your picture at the top. But overall a good challenge and some breath taking views.

I did this trail in 3 hours and 40 minutes to reach the summit. I have some different feeling with some of the reviews. The trail following the river part starts easy. However, when the trail crosses the river for the first time, it becomes rather steep. Climbing on bare and steep rocks is hard. After passing the lake, the trail is well marked. Even though it is getting steep, you will not have to think where your next step is. The weather is bad for today, as the fog prevented any invisibility. I took the cog down anyway. It was a nice exercise.

We used this as a way to hike Mount Monroe and Washington. Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail followed a rushing river before climbing very steeply to lake of the clouds. The area is incredibly scenic and has wonderful views of Ammonoosuc Ravine. Mount Monroe had incredible views of the Southern Presidentials and Oaks Gulf. The trail then climbs along loose rock over the Bigelow Lawn and up the summit cone of Washington. The summit of civilized Washington and I didn’t bond well, since I prefer wilderness peaks. Not to mention the crowds of people who didn’t work for the views. Jewell Trail is definitely the best way to descend, you get a gradual descent along the Great Gulf and back to mid station.

I hiked up Jewell today just sort of the junction with gulf. Jewell is an easy trail to the timberline — it gets steeper towards gulf. Once you get above timberline - the views are incredible. I was hiking alone and early.

My wife and I hiked this trail on 7/9/18. It was an absolutely perfect day for this hike. The peak was in the 60’s and full sun.

Hike was easy going until the Gem Pool and then more difficult and steep from there to the AMC Hut at Lake of the Clouds.

We stopped for a short break and saw some amazing views. Then we continued on to the peak via the Tuckerman cutoff and took the steeper Tuckerman Ravine trail up the last half mile. It was worth it to see the ravine.

All in all a perfect day in the alpine zone and the trip to the peak took us about 3 hours and 15 minutes. We can’t wait to return!

my wife and i are barely In shape we hiked this today and it was 67 degrees at the summit . beautiful hike on a clear day

Beautiful in the trees and breathtaking when you get into the alpine zone.

Wouldn’t recommend going without hiking boots, lots of water and layers. I also recommend bringing lots of snacks and a lunch as the food at the top is not good and it is crowded with tourists. Next time I will spend zero time at the summit, but because it was our first time we wanted the picture at the sign.

We were very hot at the base (July 6) and for the majority of the first two and a half miles yet freezing by the time we reached the summit. Will do again! Beautiful.

Hiked up this trail on the 4th of July. The first part follows the river to the gem pool and is not too difficult. After crossing the gem pool the steep ascent begins. While steep, it is so beautiful. As soon as you hit the alpine zone the views looking out are amazing and you are only a short distance to the AMC hut. It is 1.4 miles from the hut to the top and that section is easier than the ascent to the hut.

This trail was wonderful and way less crowded than the other side, but was just as rewarding.

It took us 3 hours to get to the top including a 15 minute stop at the AMC hut and stopping for photos along the way.

I’d never taken the cog, so we took the cog down. Next time I plan to hike the Jewell down.

We were blessed with clear skies the entire time. Temperature was 95 at the bottom but much much cooler on the trail and up top. We didn’t realize how hot it was until we got back down.

The Jewell Trail is beautiful-- a fantastic mix of forest and alpine with a rocky finish to the top. It was cloudy from just about where the trees turn to pine shrubs on the day we went and we had only a few breaks in the clouds and a completely socked in summit. The trail from the summit to the Lakes of the Clouds Hut (which is delightful) was a very pleasant trail-- well maintained with lovely views. The Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail drops down directly behind the hut. It's a steeper trail than Jewell-- mostly boulders and open rock face with lots of scrambling. Some beautiful views coming down this side. We did the loop clockwise but if we did it again we'd likely go the other direction.

Two things to keep in mind: our mileage according to GPS was 8.8 round trip from the hiker's parking lot at the Cog Railway (the description used to have the mileage at 7.3, now has it at 11.2-- the AMC guide has it at 10.0). The second is that if you park in the hiker's parking lot for the Cog Railway you need to pay $10 cash at the self service parking permit station.

The first part is pretty easy but once you cross the river it continues to get steep the entire way. Beautiful views throughout the entire hike. The hut was awesome. We stayed there for a while to eat and rest. Took 4 hours to the top with a break at the hut. Such a great hike!!

Great trail. Rocky and/or wet by moments.
BEWARE: This trail is NOT 11km as advertised but rather 16km !

Did this hike with my 19 year old daughter and 14 year old son. We started at 7:15 am. The first section, until the gem pool, is pretty straight forward with a gradual up hill. Once you cross the river, the trail gets steep for about a mile. There are frequent rock scrambles and large boulders to traverse. Not too bad unless you are afraid of heights. At the tree-line, the temps dropped and the winds picked up. Bring layers of clothes with you and don’t be fooled by the weather at the start. The AMC hut was great. Had a coffee and took in the awesome views. The final push to summit was rocky, but not too hard. It took us 4:30 hrs. to the top, which included 20 minutes at the hut and a lot of pictures and water breaks. Bring a few snacks and at least a liter of water per hiker. Refill waters at the hut. We hiked all week in the White Mountains and this was by far our favorite hike. Highly recommended.

Worth the trip.

I hiked this trail on 6/16 with my 12 year old son in 4H10M. It was absolutely incredible with fantastic views. the weather changes dramatically above the treeline and went from 75 at the base to 38ish at the Summit with winds at a sustained 50 MPH. We ended up taking the Cog down as my son was exhausted, but certainly a Top 5 outdoor experience for us.

Just hiked this trail yesterday and it was amazing! The views were spectacular, and the weather ended up being fantastic! I will definitely be coming back to hike this trail again.

Did it a day after Franconia ridge, I still can’t walk. Both were awesome hikes.

I hike Mt Washington once a year and love it. Always have a bag packed for all weather. I have been in ice storms during Oct!

Not as tough as I thought it would be and the views are more amazing when you hike it rather then drive up it i feel because you have that sense of accomplishment to go along with it!

I just recently hiked this trail in the wintertime and there were (surprisingly) fair conditions at the summit. Washington is known for being home of the world's worst weather so it's extremely important that you constantly check the weather before attempting this climb in the winter. Also, proper gear is crucial!! Be sure to check out Eastern Mountain Sport's Mount Washington winter hiking gear list online so that you know what to bring. Extra layers are a must. Be safe out there!

Hiked in October 2017. The way up went by much faster than anticipated, great trail and very scenic. Weather couldn't have been more perfect. Of course very high winds at the top. The way down is when I struggled but that's just from my exhaustion and muscles! Took longer than anticipated but made it out as the sun was setting. On our way down we missed the turn for our trail and ended up walking quite a ways on the wrong trail and had to turn around. SO make sure you have your eyes peeled for trail signs/turns!! Bring layers - never know what the weather will be like especially at the summit. Absolutely beautiful views the whole time.

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