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We hiked up Tuckerman's and down Lion's Head on a day with perfect weather. Tuckerman's was a challenging trail. Unfortunately there was a detour up muddy, steep inclines for the first part which wasn't enjoyable, but past the detour up to the hut was a nice hike. After the hut (which is a great spot for a snack and water refill) the trail becomes very steep and rocky, climbing quickly around a waterfall. Views on this part of the trail are breathtaking. After the ravine you are above tree line and essentially bouldering. I did not find this part of the hike enjoyable as it was incredibly steep, treacherous footing, and exhausting. The views made it bearable. For those who get caught in weather along this part of the trail the cairns are spaced close together for safety, but I highly recommend planning this hike around the best weather possible. Hiking up to the summit and back to the trailhead in one day was exhausting and became a full day trip. For anyone attempting this hike I recommend packing plenty of food, extra layers, dry socks to change into at the summit, money (if you want food, souvenirs, or a ride down the mountain), wear good hiking shoes (NOT sneakers), bring hiking poles if you have them, a first aid kit with moleskin, and plenty of water (you can refill at the hut and at the summit; both my hiking partner and I went through 4+ liters each for the round trip). Reaxhing the summit was a hugh acomplishment! Overall, it was a hike I may try again but I would plan on camping out at the hut or taking the shuttle down as doing it all in one day was ambitious. Good luck to anyone interested in this trail, and hike smart.

Great hike. I guess I got a good day. No rain, low cloud, strong winds for the last hour. but a fairly comfortable hike. Terrain makes it slow-going but luckily (for me) no real exposure or sense of plummeting off the mountain. Must be much harder on a stormy wet day, for sure. Just over 3 hours (3-30 inc. breaks)

Steep and challenging but well worth the views! Loved this hike

My favorite 48-4000 footer so far!! This hike was easier than expected which was nice. Well maintained trail, good footing, and a lot of rock steps. The first few miles the trail follows a river and you cross it a few times on bridges. The bridges could be redone they are a bit sketchy, but they do the job. The summit of the mountain is gorgeous! Highly recommended. The only bad part of this hike was the parking. We had to park almost a mile away from the trail head due to many cars for the Ravine Lodge.

Spent five hours on this loop two days ago with drizzle. The trail was wet and the summit was foggy and windy and chilly. But we were surprise to met a Dartmouth College student at the summit as an “Alpine Steward”. She was sitting in the foundation of a burned away hotel and answered some of our questions. I admired her spirit of protecting the fragile alpine vege on top of the mountain and had to hike all the way up to meet different hiker and educated them. Thumbs up for her! Then from her I knew that the snapper trail and carriage trail were wider in 1920-1940, so people can drive jeeps to the summit! Amazing facts! Of course, the way down was much easier than way up. Also loved all kinds of mushroom beside the Carriage Trail. Enjoyed the brooks below 3300 feet. Anyway, this is a memorable hiking, especially feel the real “rain forest”.

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.

loved this trail! Definitely the right level of difficulty for me. Need to try this peak on a more clear day for the amazing view

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

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4 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.

Great hike for a rainy day! There weren’t any spots too wet or slippery even in just my sneakers. I just wish I had listened to my gut and taken the Gorge Brooke trail down; the Carriage Rd to Snapper trail was pretty boring. I’m planning to go back next month with my daughter on a clear day to check out the view. Definitely doable for young kids and dogs.

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.

Decided to do this one to check off my second 4000 footer. Unless you are tall than the views are very limited. The beginning was not too steep but as it continued on further it had increased in steepness but also had lots of stone steps to make it a bit easier. I actually did not think it was marked well in the very beginning or in the very end but on the main trail in the middle it’s pretty obvious. I don’t know if I’ll do this one again but I’m glad I did it anyhow and it was a nice day and overall a nice hike. BTW- The summit is extremely small and seems even smaller when there are other hikers up there with you. Nonetheless, a great workout! Got it done in under three hours and probably could’ve done it in 2 1/2.

Beautiful and moderately easy hike to the summit of Moosilauke. We went up Gorge Brooke and then down Carriage Road to Snapper Trail. Incredible views at the summit and a few openings on the way up and down. Would definitely do this hike again.

shit was WACK. May wig was GONE. That aint for fuckin walkin. Ya'll need to CLIMB THIS BICH. Do not recommend unless y'all hate breathing/tryna catch some relaxing time with your baby daddy. BYEEEEE

exhausting but beautiful. Great hike with family or friends.

8/6 Monday 90 degrees, summit was absolutely beautiful! Took Gorge brook trail up and carriage down. Enjoyed the evergreen smell most of the way to summit

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.

My 5.5 yo and 8.5 yo and I hiked this together. Gorge Brook up was difficult for those little legs, but with lots of pit stops for water and snacks, they made it up in under 4 hours. When we got to the summit my little one exclaimed "This is the Best. Hike. Ever! Thank you mom for taking us on it!!" Worth it. Back down Carriage and Snapper took them about 2 hours while singing every disney song they knew. Best. Day. Ever.

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!

Wonderful hike! Beautiful landscape and great summit! Nearing the summit reminded me of Scotland with rolling fog and green everywhere, above tree line.

This hike ended up being a little more challenging than expected but still enjoyable none-the-less. Killer work on the legs and was shakey half way through coming back down (For a 26 yo in decent shape). DEFINITELY bring tons of water! Between two people we drank 3 bottles each just going UP. This was on Wed, July 4. Not many other hikers on this trail. Limited views at the top but still beautiful. The reason I gave this hike 3 stars is because when my boyfriend and I were at the top we read 2 signs to hike back down and we chose the sign leading to “Ski Area Parking” because we were parked in the Waterville Valley Ski Area parking lot. However, this trail actually lead us down the backside of the mountain and popped us out onto Tripoli road where we were about 6 miles from our car. When we looked at the sign at the bottom of this trail where we popped out it then showed an arrow pointing back up the trail we just came from that said “Ski Area Parking 5.6 mi.” We were tired and frustrated that the signs were confusing but we also should have gone back down the same trail we came from in the first place. The signage could definitely be more clear though. So we had to hitch hike back to our car and luckily some very friendly people camping on Tripoli road gave us a lift. We did however find that the camp sites on Tripoli road were really awesome and secluded from the next campsite enough to feel like you were out in the wilderness. I would definitely camp there! Overall it was a great hike with just the set back of coming down the backside of the mountain to where the back country ski trails are located. I think it took about 4 hours total hike (not including the ride back to our vehicle).

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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19 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.

Great hike. Summit is very windy (30+mph). Took Gorge Brook up and Carriage road down. Very rocky the whole time. Paths well marked. View from the top was beautiful. Would do again. Did the loop in 4 hours 30 minutes. We took a few breaks and relaxed up at the summit out of the wind.

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

Beautiful hike! Gorge Brooke Trail is a moderately steep climb, with a few great views along the way. The trail itself is gorgeous (pun intended). It follows a rushing creek for awhile, and the woods themselves are breathtaking. We went up South Peak as well on the way back down. Not too many views today, but it was work a 1/10 mile walk up. Carriage Trail was not as interesting of a trail, but boasted some great views. Saw three moose on the drive out on Ravine Rd!

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.

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