Mount Washington via Tuckerman Ravine Trail
The Tuckerman Ravine Trail is an out-and-back hike that goes to the peak of Mount Washington in White Mountain National Forest (New Hampshire).
The summit is home to the Mount Washington Observatory, and also offers a gift shop and cafeteria.
This is a difficult hike with moderate to severe elevation gain. About 1/2 of the hike is above the tree line, exposing hikers to sun, wind, rain, and snow depending on the time of year.
Mount Washington is known to have some of the most severe weather in the world. It is important that hikers thoroughly research weather reports before heading out, and are prepared for sudden changes.
Expect this hike to take greater than 7-9 hours round-trip.
Park at the Pinkham Notch Visitors center. An early arrival is suggested, as the lot can easily fill up by 7am on peak weekends.
Follow signs from the visitors center to get onto the Tuckerman Ravine Trail.
The first half of the trail follows a moderate incline and is suitable for more hikers.
The Hermit Lake Hut marks roughly the halfway point. Hikers can rest here. Water and restrooms are typically available in the Summer months.
It is also possible to book an overnight stay at this hut. Advanced reservations are highly recommended. Read more about AMC managed huts and reservations here.
After leaving the hut, the Tuckerman Ravine trail quickly ascends beyond treeline. From here, the ascent becomes difficult to severe, and the trail rocky and exposed. This portion may not be suitable for all hikers.
The views from this point are increasingly sweeping. About 0.7 miles from the top, you will crest the shoulder of the mountain and get your best viewpoint of the valley below.
This hike is very difficult and may not be suitable for children.
This is an alternate route for Mount Washington Loop via Tuckerman Ravine Trail and Boott Spur Trail.
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