Location: Mount Washington, NH, USA
Starting Point: Pinkham Notch Visitor Centre, Pinkham’s Grant, NH
Elevation: 6,228 ft (1,917 m)
Route We Took: Tuckerman Ravine to Lion Head
Distance: Approx. 12 KM (one way)
Time it took us: 4.5 hour ascent, 3 hour descent
Level of Difficulty: OW, MY JOINTS
This was our first HikeAddicts “excursion” with a large group!
14 of us (friends and Dream Mountains alumni) carpooled to North Conway, New Hampshire on Friday, June 9th. We booked an Airbnb in a house that fit ALL of us, and split the cost of groceries for the weekend.
Tuckerman Ravine Trail is the most popular route up Mount Washington, however we had to detour at Lion Head Trail due to snow blocking Tuckerman. We soon learned this trail is uphill, all rock and unforgiving.
Naturally, the group got split up (hence only 6 of us above), however everyone DID make it in their own time and pace.
What I’m NOT going to post was the hoards of people at the top. You can actually drive up Mount Washington so when we got to the sign, there were people waiting to get their picture in heels and jeans. That means no serenity or peacefulness at the top.
What lacked in serenity was made up for by COFFEE AND DORITOS. Our group took advantage of the restaurant at the top. We chugged some coffee and crushed some snacks before our descent. However, I’m pretty sure it crossed most of our minds to pay the $30 American to take the shuttle back down.
I’m not going to sugarcoat it – this was a tough hike. All the rocks were incredibly hard on the body, and the long day was tough on the mind. However, for 3 of our friends this was the first mountain they have EVER climbed. In the car on the way back I heard phrases like “This was life-changing” and “I can’t wait to hike my next mountain”. It’s pretty cool to hear your friends fall in love with something you love just as much.
Lots of hiking love,