Height: 6288 ft.
Trails: Hiked Tuckerman's Ravine
Distance: About 5 miles one way
(took transportation down).
Vertical Gain: 4820 ft.
Time Taken: 5 hrs.
Weather: Absolutely no clouds all
day. High 60s on the way up, 40 at the top, with 30mph wind.
Group: JO, BC, Rick, Jay, Jayís
then-girlfriend Hilary, and Sal
Comments: It was an awesome day and
there were no clouds all day long, not even little ones. Most visitors to Mt.
Washington take the famous auto road
or cog railroad to the top, but we were there for a brisk hike. The Tuckerman's
Ravine trail was a good choice. The trail started out at a nice pace, gaining 2300
feet in about 2 miles.† The trail is
rocky but smooth in this section.† Then,
as you see the walls of Tuckermanís Ravine pop over the trees, the trail levels
out. You then begin climbing up the north side of the 1300-foot headwall of the
ravine.† The hike up the ravine was a
long scramble up some pretty steep rock surfaces, and it gets progressively
steeper as you near the top.† Once over
the ravine, we found that we still had another nasty little hike at a good
pitch up the summit cone, which was essentially a rock pile. No soil or small
rocks here, just 1-5 foot flat boulders piled haphazardly in the shape of a
mountain, providing many holes to twist your ankle in. Every now and then the
rocks would tilt to test our balance. Finally we emerged at the summit to be
greeted by hoards of tourists who had taken transportation to the top. It was
very windy and about 30 degrees colder than at the base of the mountain.† There was a line to stand on the summit. We
didn't bother to get our picture taken there like everyone else, though we did
stand at the top. Since it was getting late in the day and we were all pretty
tired, we decided as a group to take a bus down to our cars. Great views from
Near the beginning of the trail, this is your first view of Washington
since you left your car.† The summit is
just barely out of view to the left.
This is view from the floor of Tuckermanís Ravine.† This is where the size of the mountain
really starts to hit you.
A tired and disheveled BC takes a break at the top of the
ravine.† Still another 1100 feet
vertical to go!
Rick, BC, Jay and Hilary near the summit.† This was a very cool hike, and it got the
highpointing bug started with JO and BC.