DATE: Jul 08, 2023 to Jul 08, 2023
4000 Footer Mt. Washington

Meeting Time: 8:00 AM

Event Coordinator: Gandalf
Bretton Woods, NH

Max # People: 15

Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money

Difficulty Level: Strenuous


At 6,288 ft. Mt. Washington is the tallest of the NH 4,000 footers and the highest in all of New England and the Northeast! Though the summit is puny compared to other great mountain ranges of the world, Mt. Washington is renowned worldwide for its fierce weather and frequent fatalities. Being the tallest of the peaks, it’s no surprise that the mountain is among the most visited summits in New England. We will ascend up the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail and Crawford Path from the base of the Cog Railroad with lunch in the summit cafeteria.  

Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail and Crawford Path is an interesting and beautiful route to Mt. Washington, with many fine falls, cascades, and pools, and affords excellent views from its upper section. But the section between Gem Pool and Lakes of the Clouds Hut is very steep and rough and is likely to prove arduous to many hikers, particular to a person in poor physical condition. At 3.1 miles we reach Lakes of the Clouds Hut where we can refill water and take a break. We’ll then take the Crawford Path and be fully exposed to weather for the next 1.5 miles to reach Mt. Washington.

We’ll descend using the Trinity Heights Connector, Gulfside Trail and Jewell Trail for a total of 5 miles. We’ll continue to be fully exposed to weather for the next 2 miles as we descend the westerly ridge of Mt. Clay, with magnificent views into the Great Gulf and across to the northern peaks!

Because the hike involves extensive hiking above treeline, attention to safety and the mountain’s notoriously fickle weather is of paramount importance. Proper gear is a must!!! In addition to safety precautions, you should note that this is arduous climb involving 3,900 elevation gain. It will be 9.6 miles roundtrip.

After The Hike: Everyone is welcome back at our house in Waterville Valley for a BBQ! It’s BYOB and it costs $10 per person. It we get back early enough we take a dip in the Mad River.  After the BBQ, depending on the group’s wishes, we can have a campfire!

Lodging Option: Bunk beds are available at our house near Waterville Valley, NH for Friday and/or Saturday night at $25 per night…add $10 for Saturday dinner. Coffee/bagels each morning and linen/blankets/towels are provided. Space is limited so email ASAP to reserve a bunk! 

Driving directions to the location and spot to meet at:

Leave US 302 at Fabyan and drive on the Base Road 5.5 all the way to the end where you will reach the Cog Railway Base Center. As soon as you arrive, there is a hiker parking lot on the right where you'll have to pay a parking fee. The parking fee is $10 per vehicle so carpooling is encouraged. We are driving a blue Toyota Tacoma truck.