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Mt. Washington

  • Jun 22, 2013 · 8:00 AM
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Meet up at the parking area below the cog railway ~ 8 am.
Hike the Ammonoosuc  trail- Lake in the Clouds- Crawford Path-summit
return down the Jewell Trail.
~ 7 miles.. 9 hours R/T


Very strenuous, steep sections, big drop offs. Spectacular scenery

I'm going to set a date. It's a moveable date. What I mean by that is you need to have the Saturday before and after open. If there is the slightest chance of rain I will reschedule. Mt. Washington is not the place to hike in wet or changeable weather!

This is not a hike for beginners. You need to have a few 9+ mile hikes behind you.

Figure on a 3.5 hour drive up. I'm planning on returning the same day.
We need to be on the summit by 2 pm. and back at out cars by no latter then 6 pm.

 

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  • Aiping D.

    lovely shots! Thanks for posting!

    1 · June 24, 2013

  • Jay

    After Mark (nice to meet you) and I went our separate ways, I ended up doing the trail to LOC hut stepping off ~9am with a side trip to Mt. Monroe summit. Didn't try Washington as the weather started looking ominous. I finished ~1:30pm hitting only a few light sprinkles on the way down. but I hit rain shortly thereafter in Littleton and all the way to VT... Perhaps this group can hike it again another weekend. Mai... Plenty of spots to cool off along this trail! Some nice big pools before the trail turns sharply steeper! Many nice waterfalls on the way up with great views.

    June 23, 2013

  • Jay

    I'll be at the trailhead by 8am if anyone is coming. I have a black jeep grand Cherokee, NH plates. I might shorten it to the LOC hut, bag Monroe and then head down. High overcast here now.

    June 22, 2013

  • Bob

    To much lightning for me. Do it next time

    June 21, 2013

  • Russell

    Weather is saying no to this date. I want to do this hike but would like to be able to see something other than fog on the summit. If anyone wants to try it on another date feel free to contact me. I can schedule just about any day but prefer weekends.

    June 21, 2013

    • Sherisa

      I won't be working the week of July 4th so I could do any day.

      June 21, 2013

    • Russell

      We'll see what the weather looks like going forward, clear days on Washington only come up so often so we can keep an eye on them and try to make it work. The Seek the Peak thing sounds fun, if we want to get a group going I'd certainly do it.

      June 21, 2013

  • Sherisa

    I've decided to wait for better conditions / forecast.

    June 21, 2013

  • Jay

    I'm headed up there now regardless. Weather seems iffy for Washington but there are other choices... I'll keep checking email and see if Gary chimes in. Have a good weekend everyone if I don't see you.

    June 21, 2013

  • Jay

    It's best to do this with better weather for sure, the views are awesome... I'm staying up there anyways but if the group decides to reschedule, I'll probably hike some other trails in the area to get the exercise... No fun in the rain/wind/clouds/thunder at that altitude...

    1 · June 21, 2013

    • Sherisa

      I just signed up for the July 20th "Seek the Peak" weekend at Mount Washington.

      June 21, 2013

  • SK

    Changing my plan due to not so great Weather!!

    June 21, 2013

  • Sherisa

    I will have the first week of July off so I might go then and /or to the "Seek the Peak" event on July 14th.

    June 21, 2013

  • Sherisa

    Higher Summits Forecast
    A high off the eastern seaboard will continue to pump warm, moist air into the region as a pair of disturbances pass overhead. The first disturbance will be in the form of a weak trough from the north that will bring enhanced cloud cover for the better part of today. This trough will exit this evening allowing for some partial clearing ahead of a low from the Midwest for Saturday. The approaching low will thicken and lower clouds overnight before resettling as summit fog early on Saturday. As the low passes on Saturday, it will likely bring about convective rain showers that will build into scattered thunderstorms by the afternoon. Thunderstorm activity may bring heavier periods of rain, small hail, and sudden strong gusts of wind.

    June 21, 2013

  • Roger

    I just checked the weather for Sat. 10 am 30% chance of rain with Isolated T-Storms for the rest of the day. 1 pm chance of rain 40%, so we have a good chance of wet rocks and limited views. Gary, for those planning to go up early, what is your take on the hike. Weather info: http://www.weather.com/weather/hourbyhour/graph/Mount+Washington+NH+USNH0154:1:US?pagenum=3&nextbeginIndex=24

    June 21, 2013

  • Mai C

    I hear there is some water pools along the way to cool off to...anyone know if this is true?

    June 20, 2013

    • Mai C

      Lol, drinking water only I get it :-)

      June 20, 2013

    • Jay

      Agree Rusel, I wouldn't want to go in... but the trail does have water (small pools or by the stream) on the way to LOC hut... Once past LOC, I don't recall any water...

      June 21, 2013

  • Sherisa

    Could we share some phone numbers so we are sure that we find the right meeting place?

    June 21, 2013

  • Russell

    The most recent prediction is 40% chance of rain with isolated thundershowers. I'm thinking this might not be a good day for the hike. Sunday it warms up a little but remains cloudy. So Sunday might be a better day for it. Either day is going to be lacking in views at the top as I'd expect a lot of fog. Hope to hear from Gary on this one

    June 20, 2013

  • Russell

    Weather prediction atm is 30% chance of thunderstorms. Thunderstorms are usually later afternoon so hopefully we won't be impacted.

    Looking to finalize plans for this, I'd be booking a hotel tomorrow afternoon if others are interested in that.

    If people want to stay over Friday night let me know. I'd like to but I'd need to split a room to keep costs down.

    For carpooling I can take my truck which is only good for one passenger or I can take a Honda Odessy which will be good for 5 people. I'm in Fitchburg.

    If anyone wants to make arrangements with me let me know, [masked]

    June 17, 2013

    • Russell

      I looked a while ago it was 80 bucks for a roach motel and 120 for a 3 star. I'm OK with either I'll take a look late tomorrow night.

      1 · June 17, 2013

    • Sherisa

      If it seems that no hotels are available i wouldn't mind just sharing a ride early Saturday morning.

      June 20, 2013

  • Nicole

    Wow I didn't even realize how far away this was... I live in worcester and this is nearly a 4 hour drive....hmmmm, may have to wait and see for another time

    June 19, 2013

    • Jay

      Yes it sure is! Which is why I generally stay up there the night before. But is an awesome hike!! Worth the effort. The Highland center is reasonable and includes dinner and breakfast.

      June 20, 2013

    • Sherisa

      I might do that too (sleep in my own bed Friday night, well, try to sleep).

      June 20, 2013

  • KenM

    There's a good chance I may not make this, due to an injury I'm dealing with. I am also leading Moriah the next day, and back to back big hikes probably would not be wise at the current time. I will make a final decision mid-week and adjust my RSVP accordingly.

    June 17, 2013

    • KenM

      I am indeed going to bow out, sorry. I was really looking forward to this, but I'm erring on the side of caution so I can do the Moriah trip the next day. Enjoy and be safe up there!

      June 20, 2013

  • Jay

    Gary... Are we meeting at the Ammonoosuc Trailhead parking area or the main parking area for the cog railway. I couldn't determine that from the map coordinates... Based on Russel's early tea-leaves weather forecast, have you picked a weather go/no-go decision point? I'm planning to be up there rain or shine...

    June 18, 2013

  • Jay

    I'm staying up there Friday night. I booked a shared four bunk-room at the AMC Highland Center for $83 (AMC member rate). Availability was limited. It includes dinner and breakfast. I stayed there before and it's nice... The Shapliegh Bunk-house (same location just not the main house) might be a few dollars less and seemed to have more availability. I'm planning to head north to VT after the hike so carpooling is out for me.

    June 18, 2013

  • SK

    Hi - Anyone interested in carpooling? I am coming from downtown Boston...

    June 17, 2013

  • Mark

    Sorry to say I'll be out of town all that week and will not make it. At least there's room for someone waiting.

    June 10, 2013

  • Sherisa

    I'm considering wanting to carpool and / or stay over one night. I don't work on Fridays so I could arrive that day (June 21st). But then I haven't had a problem driving home from any of my long trail races in the past.

    June 7, 2013

    • Russell

      I'm interested in possible staying over Friday night. I can take Friday off if I want to. I haven't looking into lodging options but as Jay mentioned there is the Shapliegh Bunkhouse. Plenty of hotel options in the North Conway area. Splitting rooms at the cheap hotels would probably be in the same price range.

      June 9, 2013

  • Jay

    I'm considering going up Friday night and staying at the AMC Highland Center... I've stayed at the Shapliegh Bunkhouse which was fine as long as you bring earplugs! ;-)

    June 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've been asked to do another hike up Huntingtons Ravine in late August/early September. That looks like it might be doable. That's a great place to hike up from Pinkham Notch, with showers at the AMC building afterwards! Long drive though, 4.25 hours one way.

    2 · May 30, 2013

    • KenM

      Not to mention a tough hike!

      June 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      yes, called the hardest hike in the White Mountains!

      June 4, 2013

  • Russell

    I'm going to add this one to my list, I end up traveling on a lot of weekends so I might have to cancel if my schedule puts me somewhere else. I'd be taking Rex with me. I can car pool, my truck is only good for one person. If 4 or 5 people want to car pool I can take a minivan which is 5 people including me + dog and gear. I'm out of Fitchburg.

    May 20, 2013

  • Jay

    I did this hike last July, can't wait to do it again... Here are some photos... It's a great feeling when you reach the "rock pile"!

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.4275870021114.2173968.1417118080&type=1&l=119f35c055

    February 28, 2013

    • Jay

      We were very luck and had good weather for the trip. I agree with Gary if the weather is iffy, not worth chancing it.

      April 30, 2013

  • Diane- Big D

    I am going to have to go another time I am participating in a road race this day and it is one I usually participate in. :-(

    April 22, 2013

    • Jay

      You will be missed but good luck roadrunner!

      1 · April 23, 2013

    • Diane- Big D

      Linda hopefully we will meet up soon on a hike!! I really am disappointed...
      The race is for the Wounded Warriors and I really like that cause...

      1 · April 23, 2013

  • KenM

    As I understand it according to the research I've done, this loop is 9.6 miles round-trip, with 3,900 ft. elevation gain. If we are adding Monroe, it will be 11.2 miles round trip, with 4,260 ft. elevation gain.

    April 21, 2013

  • karen j.

    interested in this hike! if a spot opens up i would be interested

    April 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm planning on Climbing up Mt. Monroe while we're next to it. It's only adds about another 1/2 mile to the hike. And we get to bag two dead presidents! Monroes is the sharp peak in back of the Lake in the clouds hut in the last picture above.

    March 1, 2013

  • Jay

    Last summer I stayed at the AMC Highland Center the night before... There are plenty of other places around... Something to consider...

    1 · February 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This trail follows the Cog railroad for a while. It tends to get real steep very quickly. The thing to remember on Washington is it is a very long hike. In order to make good time it will have to be a steady hike. I plan on taking alot of pictures, so there will be plenty of breaks.
    I plan to travel light. I will have several extra shirts and a towel in my pack, plan on sweating. Extrasocks & Blister pads!! A large canteen, 1/2 gallon minimum. There's a spigot at the top to get water for the hike down. Something to eat on the way up. Remember there's a Cafeteria at the top. Soup & Sandwiches mostly. Hiking boots, not sneakers.

    February 26, 2013

  • Pauline C.

    Doing P90x now that should get me in shape for this! We walk in the woods for a few hours with our dogs. what do you pack for a trip like this, besides a camera and water( not sure on amount of water needed)

    February 26, 2013

  • Roger

    Lindsey, this is a strenuous hike. There is lots of time to get some hikes in to prepare for this hike. If you have hiked in the mountains you know mountain miles are different than road miles. Try to get out and do some mountain miles and I'm sure you will be fine. I'm 65 and I will be there. If you go maybe we can carpool. Happy Hiking.

    February 26, 2013

  • Roger

    I live in Boxborough, car pool anyone?

    February 26, 2013

  • Joanne

    I so wish that I was in condition to do that. What an adventure!!! Enjoy!!!

    February 25, 2013

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