After living in the NE for over 20 years, for my birthday this year in late June, I finally hiked Mt. Washington! Being the highest peak on the East Coast of the U.S. at 6288 ft, it felt very rewarding to finally take this on. We hiked from the west side taking Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail to Lake of the Clouds AMC Hut and then taking the last 1.4 miles to the summit via Crawford Path. The total distance is about 4.5 miles, hiking ~3800 ft in elevation change, and it took us about 4.5 hours with a few stops. Our plan was to also hike down the same day via Jewel, but once to the top, the sky opened up and it started to pour like there was no tomorrow. Later we find out that this is almost a daily occurrence between 1-3pm, so keep this in mind if you’re thinking about hiking up and down in 1 day.
Instead of risking an ankle injury on the way on slippery rocks, we were able take the Cog Railway down along with many other hikers that had the same idea. Luckily we made it on, but had to sit on the floor of the train. Despite having a wet ass and not being able to take in the scenery, I was so thankful that we got on.
It was an amazing experience and being able to stay at the Mt. Washington Inn wasn’t so bad either. It made it a complete and awesome experience! If time allows, bring your tennis racquets and golf clubs. There are 4 clay courts and a 18 hole/9 hole Donald Ross designed course.
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Helpful Links for the Hike
- Essential gear checklist for hiking Mt. Washington (AMC)
- Mt. Washington Trail and Backcountry Weather and Trail Conditions (AMC)
- Mt. Washington Inn (Book early! At least 2 months in advance.)