Mount Washington Summit: GREAT VIEWS and 3 Ways To Get There!

NH Recreation Articles: Getting to the Summit of Mt. Washington.

 



Enjoying Mt. Washington

Five Ways to Enjoy the Summit

by Tim Ouellette
Staff Update: 5/16/16




I am a Mainer by choice, a transplant from Massachusetts at that, but I have always vacationed in New Hampshire. Some of my earliest memories revolve around driving the Kancamagus Highway with my family and summer-time trips to Story Land and Six Gun City, but nothing matches the grandeur and beauty of Mt. Washington.

Located within the White Mountain National Forest and a part of the Presidential Range, at 6,288 feet high it is the tallest mountain in the northeast. Boasting some of the world's worst weather, Mt. Washington has been a magnet for scientists, skiers, and hikers alike; but keep in mind, the weather on Mt. Washington can change in a heartbeat, so visitors need to always be prepared. Please be sure to check current weather conditions and always bring the proper gear.

Hike, Drive, or Ride the Cog!

Ok, so you've made it to Mt. Washington; now what do you want to do? There are many ways to enjoy Mt. Washington (depending on time and the weather); I'd like to focus on three of the most popular ways to enjoy your mountain experience:

1. Hiking

There are a number of hiking trails leading up toward the summit, each with varying degrees of difficulty; from the Tuckerman's Ravine Trail to the Huntington Ravine Trail, Mt. Washington offers locals and tourists alike the opportunity to experience the majesty of the mountain. For a comprehensive overview of the various trails and their range of difficulty (hiking, skiing, climbing) please check out this article at summitpost.org.

For the hiker looking for the ultimate "Mt. Washington experience", taking advantage of the Appalachian Mountain Club's network of mountain trail huts would be the way to go. The AMC huts offer visitors to Mt. Washington the opportunity to rest and re-connect with family, friends, and fellow travelers. Please visit the AMC's website at http://www.outdoors.org/lodging/whitemountains/huts/index.cfm for information on pricing and availability.

2. Driving

You'd like to visit the summit of Mt. Washington but you're not into hiking boots or crampons? If this is the case then the Mt. Washington Auto Road might be for you. This 7.6 mile, 30 minute drive up Mt. Washington affords driver and passenger alike spectacular views of the surrounding valley. There are certain vehicle limitations that must be taken into consideration before planning your car trip up the mountain side; please visit the following page at the Auto Road's website for a listing of vehicle limitations and safety considerations: http://mtwashingtonautoroad.com/drive-yourself/vehicle-limits/. Keep in mind the Auto Road is closed during the winter or when weather or road conditions are poor. Please click this link to view the Auto Road's current operating schedule, special hours of operation, and guided tours.

Most importantly, don't forget your bumper sticker.

3. Riding the Cog Railway

Children and adults alike will appreciate this historic 3-mile train ride up the side of Mt. Washington. Billed as the "steepest railroad tracks in North America", the Cog Railway has carried passengers to the summit of Mt. Washington for over 130 years. Originally a steam-powered locomotive, the Cog Railway now has a more modern, biodiesel engine; but visitors can choose which car to ride depending on the schedule. The steam locomotive runs almost daily; be sure to check out the current schedule and ticket pricing information at the Cog Railway's website.

Mt. Washington is beautiful and breathtaking; visiting New Hampshire to experience the majesty of the mountain should be at the top of everyone's summer "to-do" list. So, gather your family or friends and head to the White Mountains: we'll see you at the top.

4. Riding the Snowcoach

Have you ever wanted to join 8 other people, ride in a comfortable van with tank-like tracks instead of wheels, and take it through winter snow to elevations higher than many mountains? In NH you can! It's called the snowcoach and on weather permitting winter days you can ride it from the base of the mountain up to the treeline. The views are tremendous and the experience unique. Go with the whole gang!

This ride is quite popular and weather conditions often affect availability so do call ahead to make plans.

5. See Mt. Washington by Air

A welcome addition to our local attractions is Verticle Ventures, offering scenic helicopter flights based at Mount Washington Regional Airport in Whitefield but able to pick you up almost anywhere. Owner Colleen Chen has over 6,000 hours aloft and is a NH native. She'll take good care of you.

Emerson Aviation utilizing conventional aircraft based in Laconia can also offer you a bird's eye view of Mt. Washington. Contact them directly for more information.

 

Scheduled Events

  Women's Health Conference  (5/15)
  Speedway   (5/18)
  1st Republic, 14th Star   (5/19)
  Airplane Family & Live Dead 69   (5/19)
  Dueling Pianos   (5/19)
  The Art of Dining   (5/19 - 21)
  A Gershwin Cabaret   (5/19 - 21)
  Mersey Beatles   (5/20)
  David Crosby   (5/21)
  Paddle The Border   (5/21)
  Cocker Rocks   (5/25)
  Rusted Root   (5/26)
  Sky Blue Boys   (5/26)
  Nor'easters   (5/27)
  Redneck Poker Run   (5/27)
  Dixville Notch Music Festival   (5/27 & 28)
  27th Wildquack Duck Race   (5/28)
  Boston Stand-Up Comedy   (5/28)
  Jackson's Cake Boss   (5/28)
  Memorial Weekend Concert   (5/28)
  Robert Cray Band   (5/28)
  Springing Into Summer Fest   (5/28-6/18)
  Race for Reading 5K   (5/29)
  Drive in the '50s   (6/1)
  Fabulous Thunderbirds   (6/2)
  Jimmy Dunn   (6/2)
  One Night In The Valley   (6/2-4 & 9-11)
  Lupine Celebration Market   (6/3-4)
  Steven Hancoff   (6/4)
  'Tee It Up For Kids' Golf Tourney   (6/4)
  Rags, Blues, Folk and Jazz   (6/6)
  From Obscurity to Eminence   (6/7)
  Gaelic Storm   (6/9)
  Cohen Memorial Golf Tourny   (6/10)
  Pollyanna Glad Day   (6/10)
  Recycled Percussion   (6/10)
  Regional US12 Regatta   (6/10)
  Wooden Ships   (6/10)
  Murder Mystery Dinner Train  (6/10 & 17)
  Hayes Carll   (6/11)
  Side Walk Stroll   (6/17)
  Richard Thompson   (6/21)
  Michael Franti & Spearhead   (6/22)

 ◄ Expanded Calendar ►



Photo Galleries

 

Miss Berlin-Gorham Competition 2012 New England Brewfest 2014 RiverFire, Berlin, NH 2012 Sugar Hill Lupine Festival Gallery 2012 Bristol-Gorham Foliage
Quick Links

 





Business Directory

 

 

                      more ►  

 

 

Attractions

 

  Clark's Trading Post
  Cog Railway
  Competition Complex
  Conway Scenic Railroad
  Flume
  Jericho Mountain ATV Park
  Kancamagus Highway
  Littleton Riverwalk
  Lost River Gorge
  Mt. Washington Auto Road
  Polar Caves
  Santa's Village
  Six Gun City
  Storyland
  Vertical Ventures
  Whale's Tail Water Park
  Woodstock Inn & Brewery

 

more ►  

 

Community Profiles

 

  Bethlehem
  Bretton Woods
  Colebrook
  Conway
  Franconia
  Gorham
  Hanover
  Jackson
  Lebanon
  Lincoln
  Littleton
  North Conway
  Pittsburg
  Plymouth
  Twin Mountain
  Whitefield
  Wolfeboro

more ►  

 

Recreation and Tourism

 

  Farm To Table Restaurants
  Hiking To Crash Sites
  Little Ski Areas
  Local Movie Theaters
  Local Performance Theaters

 

more ►  

 

Other Resources

  NH Cabins & Cottages
  NH Census Info
  NH Data (OEP)
  NH Fishing Reports
  NH Foliage Report
  NH Hiking Trail Conditions
  NH Lottery
  NH Movie Guide
  NH Road Conditions
  NH Ski Reports
  NH Snowmobile Trail Reports
  NH State Parks
  NH Town Officials Directory
  NH Weather
  White Mtn. National Forest
  VisitNH.Gov

 

 

 

Copyright 2012-2017 by George C. Jobel, 603-491-4340. All Rights Reserved.