Mount Washington

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Mount Washington is the highest peak in the northeastern United States. It is primarily granite, with heavily forested slopes, but comparatively little vegetation on the rocky summit. Deep gorges cut into the eastern and northern faces. Huntington Ravine has long been a center for rock climbing in the northeast, and climbs of varying difficulties abound. Mount Washington is the site of a major winter and summer sporting area, and has a highway leading to a parking lot on the summit. Despite all this, however, Washington is not a mountain to be taken lightly. Weather near the summit is among the worst in the world, and can turn severe at a moment's notice. Average monthly wind velocity is nearly 45 mph, and average annual snowfall is 256 inches. During an average year, there are 104 days in which the wind exceeds hurricane force (75 mph). In fact, Mount Washington holds the world record for strongest recorded wind, 231 mph.

Elevation (feet): 6,288
Elevation (meters): 1,917
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: White Mountains
State: New Hampshire
Latitude: 44.2706
Longitude: -71.3047
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Year first climbed: 1642
First successful climber(s): Darbey Field
Nearest major airport: Manchester, New Hampshire
Convenient Center: Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire

Trip Reports

There are 86 trip reports for Mount Washington.

  • Log #21565 - by Bob on Jan 04, 20093.00 stars
    I have climbed mount washington many times.It has been my training ground for many yrs.I have summited it in all seasons.The rock and iceclimbing is good.
  • Log #7647 - by Kingery and Laura Clingenpeel on Oct 18, 20043.00 stars
    After climbing Mt. Washington via Tuckerman and Lion Head the previous year, my brother-in-law, Dennis, accompanied me for a four day traverse over Mts Pierce, Eisenhower, Franklin and Monroe. We...
  • Log #7648 - by Kingery and Laura Clingenpeel on Oct 19, 20043.00 stars
    My wife and I climbed in near perfect weather, but encountered black flies near the ridge of Lion Head. My wife had over 25 bites on her face and was quite allergic to the stings. After spending the...
  • Log #7649 - by Dave Andel on Sep 01, 20043.00 stars
    A friend and I, Mike, started out at the base of the mountain on a warm summer day, Temp. around 75 deg. F (9 AM). Climbed Amanoosuc Trail, took about 4 hours (if I recall) to get to summit.
  • Log #7650 - by Howard Stevens on Aug 22, 20043.00 stars
    would have been a great trip if I could have seen my hand in front of my face through the fog, rain, and wind
  • Log #7651 - by Erik Bergenholtz on Aug 11, 20043.00 stars
    Climbed mt. wash in both summer and winter. Winter time is much more interesting with all that the mountain can throw at you - there will be no tourists at the top waiting for you in their cars.
  • Log #7652 - by Tim Chylik on July 24, 20043.00 stars
    Summited with my brother Bill, and friend Thor. This was our second attempt. Beautiful blue bird sky, cold and windy. Your typical NE mountaineering experience.
  • Log #7653 - by James Genco on July 06, 20043.00 stars
    we marched from crawford to mitzpah. Then summited the next day. Spent the night at lake of the clouds.The whole way visibility was less than 50ft.
  • Log #7654 - by karsten delap on June 12, 20043.00 stars
    with my father and his father, hope to get back some day. quite dissapointing at the top with all the people who came in there cars
  • Log #7655 - by Yury Konev on May 31, 20043.00 stars
    Drove up the summit toll road (doesn't count as a climb). Interesting to watch how the trees became shorter and more stunted as the elevation increased until, finally, reaching the bare alpine zone....
  • Log #7656 - by Phil Smith on Mar 21, 20043.00 stars
    My first ascent was delightful, with an overnight at Tuckerman's and then via Lions Head. As we neared the summit, I could swear I heard a train. Then I was amazed to stumble into a parking lot! I...
  • Log #7657 - by Brian Jenkins on Mar 05, 20043.00 stars
    Up Tuckermans, down Lions Head. Tourist zoo up top.
  • Log #7658 - by William J Chylik III on Mar 02, 20043.00 stars
    Great weather, great time, great time. Couldn't have asked for a better day on the Mountain that produces some of the worst weather in the world. Lucky for us she was pretty tame this particular...
  • Log #7659 - by Luc Lacaille on Feb 17, 20043.00 stars
    don't try to climb this mountain on the steep sloap like i did with runnig shoes... when there are still some snow on the trail! i was really happy when i finally got there!!
  • Log #7660 - by Jim Lombard on Jan 08, 20043.00 stars
    Of the different trails I've taken up the Mountain my favorite is the Ammonusuc ravine. Fastest time to the summit 2 hours and 20 minutes. Best time to hike is early spring and winter!
  • Log #7661 - by Rod Sanders on Jan 05, 20043.00 stars
    This was part of the A.T. hike I attepted as a 17 year old. I did not finish.
  • Log #7662 - by Todd Becker on Nov 26, 20033.00 stars
    Went up this past October for the fifth or sixth time. I like this one in the fall. Highly recommended.
  • Log #7663 - by Chris Mumford on Nov 26, 20033.00 stars
    Took gulfside trail as part of a presidential traverse. Driving winds covered everything with frost/ice. Made the rocks real slippery. Good time, but a little sketchy at times
  • Log #7664 - by Joseph Robert DelSontro on Oct 22, 20033.00 stars
    What a beautiful peaceful ascent....can't wait to do it again.
  • Log #7665 - by David Stowe on Oct 17, 20033.00 stars
    WHAT A GREAT HIKE. ONCE WE GOT TO THE SUMMIT THE WINDS BECAME EVIDENT. THERE WERE REPORTS THAT THE SUMMIT WINDS WERE BETWEEN 70 AND 80MPH SUSTAINED. ANY EXPOSED SKIN FROZE WITHIN 1 MINUTE.
  • Log #7666 - by Sylvain rioux on Oct 14, 20033.00 stars
    This was my first visit to the White Mountains. Mount Washington is a great mountain to hike. It offers great views when the weather is good. The only negative point to this mountain is the Auto Road...
  • Log #7667 - by Alf Haugen on Oct 07, 20033.00 stars
    Before the day got under way, I remember getting my gear ready, as were my mates during that rainy Sat. morning, and looking up into the thick clouds wondering what was going on up there. Well, once...
  • Log #7668 - by Joe & Nathan Wonsetler on Sep 18, 20033.00 stars
    With friends that would not be able to make the hike so took the auto road. I think it would be safer to hike! The idiots on that road have no clue. I will return to hike the...
  • Log #7669 - by LIZqwertyuiop on Aug 28, 20033.00 stars
    The weather could not have been better for my first summit! I climbed with the Ohio State University Mountaineers Club over President's day weekend. It was crowded, but definatly worth it. Left camp...
  • Log #7670 - by Scott DeMaris on Aug 28, 20033.00 stars
    Left from parking lot on Ammonoosuc Ravine trail. Sunny and clear around 7:30AM with work colleague Paul. Beautiful views, rapid and waterfalls(especially Gem Pool). Snow encountered soon after...
  • Log #7671 - by Britt Isenberg on July 19, 20033.00 stars
    It was my first trip to the White Mountains and I'll definately be going back. Made the ascent via the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail and had a great time with some scrambling. Also climbed Monroe and the...
  • Log #7672 - by JT Koffenberger on July 19, 20033.00 stars
    Wow.. what a place... admittedly, we took the auto road up and we're glad we packed that fleece. I'll return to hike the ascent. Details are available at http://pix.
  • Log #7673 - by William Cruz on July 14, 20033.00 stars
    Good hike. a little over 4 hours to hike up through tuckerman's ravine trail and a little under 3 hours to get down. Some places are a little slippery and the wind gusts are pretty stong. Try it...
  • Log #7674 - by dan on July 06, 20033.00 stars
    Broke my hip in a bike accident 3 years ago. Been working on recovery since then. Finally made it back to the White Mountains. The draw of the Mountain was too much.
  • Log #7676 - by Mark Toronto on Apr 12, 20033.00 stars
    Among the mountains with the "Worlds worst weather",bring it if you might need it, especially an ice axe, crampons, and clothing clothing. Climb up what you plan on skiing down but timing...
  • Log #7677 - by Matt Watkins on Feb 26, 20033.00 stars
    Summitted on an average winter day - about 5 below and 50mph winds. Visibility was very limited, but the trip was well worth it and I will return in March to attempt a solo summit trip.
  • Log #7678 - by Steve Hufford on Feb 09, 20033.00 stars
    With mixed feelings I am reporting that I got to the highpoints of 8 of the 9 states I visited recently on my trip to New England. I flew into Albany August 14th. The next day on my way to meet my...
  • Log #7679 - by Billy Poole on Feb 01, 20033.00 stars
    Summited 1/30/03 at 12:45 pm. Summit trip took between 4-4 1/2 hours.
  • Log #7680 - by Jason on Jan 21, 20033.00 stars
    Summited via Lion Head Winter route. Perfect conditions, very little wind and visiability for 90 miles. The day was a real gift! I want to return in the summer any go again.
  • Log #7681 - by Duncan Souchon on Jan 15, 20033.00 stars
    climbed in very very cold conditions (-14 F; windchill: -31 F) with 85mph winds..respect this mountain
  • Log #7682 - by Dany Boilard on Jan 14, 20033.00 stars
    On August 31 2002, me and my 13 years old niece, Claudia, went up the Huntington Ravine, and came back down by Lion head. we started hike about 10am and got back to the parking around 6:30 pm. The...
  • Log #7683 - by Raz Horton on Nov 04, 20023.00 stars
    Technical routes do exist on this mountain! A good winter training ground.
  • Log #7684 - by David Peterson on Oct 03, 20023.00 stars
    Started at 8:30 AM and had a superb hike up Tuckerman's in brilliant sun, with warm temps and great views. Once out of Tuckerman's, though, everything changed -- a 40-50 mph west wind was blasting...
  • Log #7685 - by Mike Dwyer on Sep 22, 20023.00 stars
    My wife Ellen and I started at 7:45 am and took the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail up to Lakes of the Clouds Hut which was closed, then on to the summit of Mt. Washington. We were very lucky with the...
  • Log #7686 - by Mohamed Ellozy on Sep 21, 20023.00 stars
    Half a winter traverse of the Presidential Range, up Lions Head to the summit, then down the Crawford Path, over Monroe, Eisenhower and Pierce. We camped near Monroe. Incredible weather for the last...
  • Log #7687 - by Larry Mergentime on Aug 22, 20023.00 stars
    Tried to climb on the 20th but snow squals, low temps, and high winds made me wait until the next morning. The storm let up around 8:00 AM the next morning -- pretty late to get started, but I...
  • Log #7688 - by The Kraemer Boys on Aug 15, 20023.00 stars
    Along with my 12 & 14 year old sons, I climbed Mt Washington for the first time in near perfect weather Saturday. The hike was alot more awesome and difficult than I ever expected. Take your...
  • Log #7689 - by Moe Bournival on Aug 14, 20023.00 stars
    Went up the Great Gulf trail. Remember the headwall at the end of Great Gulf covered with a thin layer of ice. Views excellent on the summit
  • Log #7690 - by an anonymous user on Aug 13, 20023.00 stars
    Left late (around 1 pm). Great weather and views on the way up (Tuckerman's ravine). Could not see more than 10 feet by the time we summitted (5 pm). Spent an hour at the top hoping for some views,...
  • Log #7691 - by Mohamed Ellozy on Aug 12, 20023.00 stars
    Summitted Mount Washington by the Great Gulf trail, which is substantially more strenuous than the more common routes but which has, in exchange, SPECTACULAR views. The URL points to the trip report.
  • Log #7692 - by Jean-Pierre Potelle on July 15, 20023.00 stars
    The weather was good with clear sky and normal temperature. The hike was great, but too much people on trails. At 9 AM the parking (AMC Pinkham notch) was full.
  • Log #7693 - by rcorby2 on July 09, 20023.00 stars
    Great day to climb, started at 6:00am at Pinkham Notch and took the Boot Spur Route to Mt Washington summit. Took 5 hours, taking one ten minute break for every hour of climbing. Descended to Lake of...
  • Log #7694 - by Nicholas Soscia on July 06, 20023.00 stars
    Tuckerman's Trail ... It was an exciting climb and great workout with beautiful views......just come prepared for anything
  • Log #7695 - by Osmo Lappinen on July 11, 20043.00 stars
    Walking all the way to the summit in your city-shoes is not recommended, couldn't stop.
  • Log #7696 - by Marc Leblanc on July 12, 20043.00 stars
    It turned out to be a wonderful day. Trailed Tuckerman's and Lion Head. Must be difficult on windy days, I brought a lot of rain and cold weather gear, but didn't need it. Talked to a couple of...
  • Log #7697 - by Mark L. Wolsky on July 13, 20043.00 stars
    Despite its relatively low altitude, Mt. Washington has always presented unique challenges due to the combined effects of severe wind, low temperatures, and unique atmospheric conditions. I have been...
  • Log #7698 - by Peter Gram on July 14, 20043.00 stars
    Mt Washington greeted me with horrible weather as everyone says. Very windy and I couldn't see a thing on the summit.
  • Log #7699 - by Marc Saccucci on July 15, 20043.00 stars
    Nice view, but windy.
  • Log #7700 - by Bill Ozanne on July 16, 20043.00 stars
    Every method, every season, I've scene all it has to offer.
  • Log #7701 - by Rick Searfoss on July 17, 20043.00 stars
    I'm one for three for being able to see anything from the summit more than 100 yards away! Did the Tuckerman trail a couple times and Lion's Head once. Both great. The last time I saw the summit was...
  • Log #7702 - by Daniel Schelp on July 18, 20043.00 stars
    Went up the Jewell Trail with my co-worker, Joe Sarosi. If this is the "easiest" trail to the summit, then I don't want to try the harder ones! My favorite hike in the East so far...the...
  • Log #7703 - by Morgan D'Olympia on July 19, 20043.00 stars
    Ok, so I was young and in the infinite wisdom of youth had to do the highest in the whites, but crying babies and parking lots are not my thing. Try the northern peaks - Adams is far superior to...
  • Log #7704 - by Nick Nesta on July 20, 20043.00 stars
    -100 degree wind chills. big fun.
  • Log #7705 - by Jeff Bates on July 21, 20043.00 stars
    Watch the weather, even in the summer time... This is a beautiful hike, and one well worth the time
  • Log #7706 - by Elizabeth Blanchette on July 22, 20043.00 stars
    At age six climbed Ammonoosuc Ravine to summit with dad and dads freind Wayne Bredefeld . At age 7 climbed Great Gulf Trail to summit At at age 8 will climb to summit one more time hope to see you on...
  • Log #7707 - by Andrew Poston on July 23, 20043.00 stars
    Didn't make the summit either time that I tried this winter. Extremely high winds (+100 mph) and poor visibility caused us to turn back above Lion's Head both time. I'll try the entire Presidental...
  • Log #7708 - by Josh Swartz on July 24, 20043.00 stars
    My teenage stomping grounds....
  • Log #7709 - by Samuel R. Snyder VII on July 25, 20043.00 stars
    Summited with family, Sue, Emily and Sam VII (5 yrs) Drove up Auto Road and climbed down to Tuckermans Ravine and then back to top. Loved every minute.
  • Log #7710 - by Cindy Colarusso on July 26, 20043.00 stars
    Assended via Crawford Path, descending via Tuckermans Ravine. Nice three day hike!!
  • Log #7711 - by Mark Hettrich on July 27, 20043.00 stars
    5/99 slept in leantos 2 nights skied hilmans highway.one of the guys,an x ski patrol, fell and lost a ski. he decided to take the other one off and slide down to get it.he was out of control in o...
  • Log #7712 - by Ted Kuether on July 28, 20043.00 stars
    Took Lion Head trail. 85 mph winds and 15 foot visibility up top.....my idea of fun!
  • Log #7714 - by michael ackerman on July 30, 20043.00 stars
    This was my home base, where i learned all. I've been all over but this peak still is the best! Give the mountain much respect!!!
  • Log #7715 - by Ken Takabe on July 31, 20043.00 stars
    Went up via Tuckermans ravine and Lion-Head. Winds gusted up to 60 mp/h. A word of advice : If you're climbing in the winter, make sure you have full coverage over all exposed skin ! This is a _must_.
  • Log #7716 - by Tom Deschesne on Aug 01, 20043.00 stars
    The first time I summited was by car. My brother took me up. I just couldn't beleive my eyes. PT Barnum once said that his circus was the greatest show on earth.
  • Log #7717 - by marcel parent on Aug 02, 20043.00 stars
    I went up the Huntington ravine trail with Francis, my boss and lover. It was quite an ordeal since we were not prepared for such a windy and tiring walk up. We were frozen! When we arrived at the...
  • Log #7718 - by Rich Pierce on Aug 03, 20043.00 stars
    we're looking for a local climber to join our team of 3 for McKinley bid in 2000. serious inquiries only. call 508 792 3525.
  • Log #7719 - by James Craig on Aug 04, 20043.00 stars
    Huntington Ravine Route
  • Log #7720 - by Stewart Chumbley on Aug 05, 20043.00 stars
    Beware of high winds
  • Log #7721 - by Matt Powell on Aug 06, 20043.00 stars
    Ascended via Tuckerman Ravine trail. Steady 60 mph wind above headwall, gusts to 80 mph. 2 hours 50 minutes for ascent, no visibility at summit.
  • Log #7722 - by Matt Sones on Aug 07, 20043.00 stars
    Took the Tuckerman Trail up. It was actually quite hot at the base. That, of course, would change. Just past the Hermit Lake Shelters, the trail suddenly got steep.
  • Log #20427 - by Jason and Jana on Oct 08, 20063.00 stars
    Part of our Presidential Traverse. Hard on the knees, but worth the effort!
  • Log #20672 - by John & Lindsy Aragona on Feb 20, 20073.00 stars
    Perfectly clear day with little to no wind. Hiked up via Lions Head to summit. Beautiful views from the summit but a little crowded. Hiked down to Lake of the Clouds Hut via Crawford Path.
  • Log #20786 - by Jenny Farrah on May 24, 20073.00 stars
    The first climb was back as a school kid (dont remember exactly when) but I know that we werent properly dressed and didnt really have any idea of what we were doing (school trip). I believe it was...
  • Log #21018 - by Mareike Klemp on Sep 09, 20073.00 stars
    All I recommend is to keep in mind the stories of this mountain. By the time we got up, visibility was less than 10 feet and the winds were clocked at 60 mph at the summit. And the temperature...
  • Log #21274 - by Stuart Parker on May 10, 20083.00 stars
    My main goal for going here was to ski tuckerman's. I went up the left gulley of the ravine and then went directly to the summit in my ski boots. The snow was patchy once above the ravine making it...
  • Log #21341 - by Stuart Parker on July 13, 20083.00 stars
    Carter Koch (my uncle), and my brother Eric left the trailhead at 6:00 am. At around 6:30 we came to the stream crossing. It was quick but very frigid, 48 degree air temp. 45 degree water temp.
  • Log #21621 - by Peter Cannella on Mar 18, 20093.00 stars
    Not a difficult climb in terms of height but be very aware of the wind (its almost always windy) and quickly changing conditions.
  • Log #22034 - by Etienne Gosselin on Aug 03, 20103.00 stars
    Nice climb, very steep in the last 2 miles. It was a bit weird to reach the summit and see all the cars and fat tourists. I kinda enjoy having a pizza slice as a ''reward'' once at the top and before...
  • Log #22269 - by Caj E Svensson on Jan 10, 20123.00 stars
    We drove up the mountain in some nice weather. New Hampshire is our 19th State Highpoint.
  • Log #22279 - by Steve Gruhn on Jan 11, 20123.00 stars
    Climbed Mount Washington on October 10, 2004, with Brant Brookie, Mohamed Ellozy, and Stony Burk via the Lions Head route and descended via Tuckerman's Ravine. Very crowded.
  • Log #22496 - by Rich-in-Livonia on Nov 28, 20143.00 stars
    Didn't take the train, awesome views and very windy!