(Hike) Mt Washington 6288ft'er #1 (Long Day) Advanced

(Hike) Mt Washington 6288ft'er #1 (Long Day)

Rated: Advanced


Mount Washington: is the wildest non-highest peak east of the Mississippi River. It is also one of most popular hiking, backcountry skiing, alpine climbing and ice climbing destinations in New England. Affectionately known as "the Rock Pile," it is located in northern New Hampshire just west of NH SR-16 between North Conway (to the south) and Gorham. It is also known as the "Home of the World's Worst Weather" and the world record holder for the fastest wind speed ever measured: 231 mph on April 12, 1934 (See the "Mountain Conditions" section for more info on weather).

The plan:

The plan is to Hike up the Tuckermans Ravine Trail Starting at 2022ft at Pinkham Notch for 2.3 miles. Turn right on Lion's head Trail 3850ft follow for 2.2 miles to the summit. 6288ft

Once on Summit Lunch or snack and descend the same route back to Pinkham Notch and the cars.

Distance: 8.5 Miles round trip

Winter clothing and Micro spikes or crampons are required.

Gear list for winter hiking are always available in the files section of our website.

Waiver:  Read !!!

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  • matt

    Serena and I got here yesterday. We'll see you all in the morning. Are you guys planning.g to meet in the pack up room?

    March 15, 2013

  • Jeffrey

    Hi everyone. I want to confirm we are still on for tomorrow. It will be cold and windy on top of the mountain but I don’t plan to linger up there for long. Reach the summit, touch up, take a few pictures and head back down. Shelter and safety from the winds will not be available on the descent until we reach the tree line on Lyons Head. Could be up to two hours or more to the tree line depending on our pace. Summit weather forecast for tomorrow is temperature in the single digits with a wind chill factor of -20 to -30. Winds at 25 to 40 MP.

    Aside from your usual winter hiking clothing please ensure you have adequate face covering. Preferable a balavaka or something similar. Also ski type goggles to protect your eyes.

    March 15, 2013

  • Mahmoud T.

    Can I join you guys? my gear is all set. all i know is with me. let me know HOST please:)

    March 14, 2013

    • Jeffrey

      Mahmoud, thanks for the mail but you are currently listed to be on the hike. See ya on Saturday.

      1 · March 14, 2013

    • Mahmoud T.

      thanks guys

      March 14, 2013

  • David H.

    Cool, thanks. I have replied to this conversation so that might be it. Not like I REALLY mind, but... Wish I could join you Saturday. Have fun!!!

    March 14, 2013

  • David H.

    Everybody is getting the responses. Any way to communicate without sending all the emails?

    March 13, 2013

    • Jay B.

      Yes Dave their many options to limit the emails.. Go to your profile tab and click and then click the notifications tab.. And the sky's the limit on blocking stuff.. Also missing stuff too so be carefull.. Peace..

      March 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      David, from what I can tell Meetup has some sort of glitch with this. You can set it (as I have) so that you get an email when there is a comment for a hike you are attending. However, if at some point you change your "Yes" RSVP to a "No," you continue to get emails. That's been my experience every time I've changed my RSVP. But, I don't get them at all if I've never RSVP'd for the hike.

      March 13, 2013

  • Jeffrey

    Part II

    I expect Washington to be VERY busy this weekend with the skiers and hikers. This is the last weekend of winter and many people will want to bag Washington to call it a winter hike. I have been told by friends who hiked last Saturday that there were more than 200 hikers on the summit. I expect it to be crowded at the lodge. Parking could be at a premium also and you might end up parking on the roadside. Just a reminder regarding the trail. Only one real difficult section in the entire hike and that comes at approximately 2.5 hours into the hike. Steep section of ice about 100 yards in length. Also problematic on the way down. Two weeks ago there was a line of 45 hikers waiting to get down that section. Crampons and mountaineering ax required. I am really excited about this adventure! My cell is[masked]

    March 13, 2013

  • Jeffrey

    Part I

    Hi everyone. I have been checking weather conditions including winds for Mt Washington on a daily basis; thus far it looks good with a 30% chance of snow and a high at the summit of 15. The hike is still on. Currently calling for windy conditions on the summit for Saturday with severe winds later in the day, so imperative we summit and get down early. I hiked Washington last Friday and it was brutal! 70 MPH wind gusts with a wind chill of -24. I don't wish to experience that again. Just to clarify that we are leaving the boot room promptly at eight a.m. so everyone should show up early and be prepared to hike at eight. You should allow yourselves at least fifteen minutes to get your gear in order, so recommend that you be there at 7:45. Out of courtesy for those who are well prepared and ready to go I am very prompt about departure times.

    March 13, 2013

  • David H.

    Timing conflict. If rescheduled due to high wind I'll rejoin trip. Have fun!!

    March 12, 2013

  • Jeffrey

    Greetings. I want to give everyone a heads up with regards to the Mt Washington hike this coming Saturday. I checked the extended NOAA forecast for Saturday and they are predicting: Mostly sunny and cold, with a high near 7. Strong and damaging winds. The strong and damaging winds are a concern to me. I hiked Mt Washington this past Friday. We had wind gusts up to 70 MPH with sustained winds of 45 to 50 MPH. We were literary blown off our feet several times as we summited. Wind chills to -24.

    Not trying to scare anyone off but the possibility exists if the forecast holds true we will have to choose an alternative hike. I don’t wish to repeat last Friday’s experience anytime soon.

    I will keep you posted and make a decision by Friday morning and let everyone know. Safety of all hikers is my primary concern.

    March 11, 2013

    • Marta

      Yeah i was checking the reports as well. It doesnt look good. What would the alternative hike be?

      March 11, 2013

    • Jeffrey

      Carter Dome is a possibility

      March 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Going to go do an overnight Pemi traverse instead this weekend....have fun! Should be an amazing hike!

    March 10, 2013

  • Jeffrey

    I note the list includes this mention of footwear: Micro Spikes and either/or crampons. Micro spikes should not be substituted for crampons. Crampons are mandatory for this hike, as well as snowshoes. You will need the crampons for the steep icy section on Lions Head.

    1 · March 6, 2013

  • Jay B.

    Yes, Matt you go to where we post the Gear Lists.. On the website go to " More " Then " Files" Then the gear list for winter hiking.. its in PDF so you can print it out.. Its the suggested items you should always at least have in you pack ( 10 Essntials) if not on your body in your pack for a hike above 4000' Avalanche stuff for your trip will not be needed. you will not be traveling in that type of terrain.. FYI

    March 5, 2013

  • matt

    does anyone have a link to a packing list?

    March 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for looking out for me. Hope I can join you on an easier hike sometime soon.

    March 4, 2013

  • Jeffrey

    Appears to be much interest in this hike so I will be expanding the number of allowed hikers from ten to fifteen. That will allow the three who are currently on the wait list to join us. Once Jay changes the number on the sign up site the others on the wait list can be moved up. Thanks.

    March 1, 2013

  • Roger I.

    Need to watch kids this Saturday. Next time

    February 26, 2013

  • Jeffrey

    One thing that I need to stress is that we will leave at exactly eight a.m. this is going to be a long day and we have to start on time to get down before the sun sets. We will meet in the Boot Room at Pinkham. Waiting for late arrivals jeopardizes the safety of the others, so plan plenty of time for your drive. to be here and ready to leave at eight. The challenging part is ice build up for about fifty to 100 yards on Lions Head, about two and a half hours into the climb. Usually there is a fixed rope on that section to help you up. Crampons and snowshoes are mandatory. If you have either a mountaineering or ice ax it would be wise to bring that as well. I usually carry two liters of water as well as a couple pair of gloves, as gloves tend to get wet on the inside due to sweating and you might want to change into dry gloves. A balaclava is also strongly recommended. If you have any questions you can post them on this site or call me at[masked]

    February 26, 2013

    • Roger I.

      I wouldn't count on the fixed rope, I've been this route last year and the year before and neither time had the rope. I would add that goggles were a must on one of my trips and hand warmers can be helpful too. I agree that a mountaineering axe is most helpful going up and down lions head and trekking poles are helpful on the way to lions head and once up on the alpine garden.

      February 26, 2013

  • Jeffrey

    Follow this link to view one of the better days on Lions Head to Mt Washington. http://vimeo.com/8949295 If you want to read a detailed description of the climb go to this link. http://www.newhampshireclimbing.com/climbing-course.asp?ID=68

    February 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi All! If I get off the waitlist I'll need a ride from Boston, too. I live in JP. And of course I'll pitch in for gas/coffee!!

    February 26, 2013

    • Jay B.

      If you find a ride I am pretty sure you will be off the waiting list by then..

      February 26, 2013

  • Marta

    would anybody consider carpooling?

    February 26, 2013

    • Chris C.

      I'm always interested in carpooling.

      February 26, 2013

  • Mark (.

    It's actually 17th, although most of the higher ones aren't as much fun to climb... :) There are alot of 6'es down in NC..

    http://www.americasroof.com/6000.shtml

    1 · February 26, 2013

  • Geoff N.

    Lets Hike!!

    February 26, 2013

  • David H.

    Um, I know we like to think of Mt Washington as the highest peak east of the Mississippi, but Mt. Mitchell in NC is at 6,684. Sorry...

    February 26, 2013

  • Fede

    I skied the west side via the cog railway last week. We ran into ideal conditions with 0 wind (rare) and half a foot of fresh pow. I would skin it up and ski down if anyone else is interested.

    February 26, 2013

  • Girard O.

    Mount Mitchell is the highest peak east of the Mississippi :)

    1 · February 26, 2013

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