HIKES & EVENTS
Tuckerman Ravine Hike and Sled
Half Day Hike
DATE: Feb 25, 2023
END DATE: Feb 25, 2023
Hike/Event Location: Pinkham Notch NH
Thornton, NH United States,
Thornton, NH United States
Meeting Time: 10:00 AM
Max # People: 12
Hike Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money
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If you have never sledded, you may have not experienced fun! We did this two years ago and vowed we would repeat it again someday. We’ll have a magical climb to Hermit Lake and then sled down Shelburne Ski Trail! We will start at the base of Mt. Washington from Pinkham Notch and hike up the wide tractor path called Tuckerman's Ravine Trail. After 2.4 miles we'll reach Ho Jo's where we'll get our first view of the Tuckerman Ravine Bowl. We'll have lunch here. We'll then start sledding down the Shelburne Ski Trail. It’s more fun that a barrel of snow Monkeys!!!
Bring one of those large plastic sleds that you see in one of our pictures and use a bungee cord to attach it to your pack. You can buy these for $10 at a local hardware store but don’t wait until the last minute because they sell out. The hike will be 2.4 miles with a 1,850' elevation gain.
This trail is always packed so all we'll need is traction, i.e., Micro Spikes. Bring hand warmers for your gloves. Wear winter-insulated boots on your feet, warm socks, dress in layers [no cotton], gloves [mittens are best], warm hat and headlamp/flashlight. Some guys like to have a scarf/neck gaiter to keep their neck warm, gaiters for their boots to keep snow off their boots, ski poles and small thermos for something hot to drink. Don't forget water, lunch and snacks.
After Hike Fun: Everyone is welcome to join us back at our house in Waterville Valley to relax beside our fireplace with views of the Sandwich Mountain/Mad River [BYOB and bring snacks] followed by one of Jon's delicious dinners. We ask $10 per person to help pay for our food costs. Showers are available so bring a change of clothing to make your visit with us more comfortable.
Lodging Option: We have 4 bunks available at our house near Waterville Valley, NH for Friday [$25] and Saturday [$35] includes dinner per night. Coffee/bagels each morning and linen/blankets/towels are provided. Space is limited so email us ASAP to reserve a bunk!
Directions To Trailhead Parking Lot
The AMC's Pinkham Notch Visitor Center is west off NH 16, about 11 miles north of the junction of NH 16 and US 302 in Glen and about 10.5 miles south of the junction of NH 16 and US 2 in Gorham. Turn in and park in the long parking strip. We'll meet you on the porch of the Visitor Center.
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We’ve taken many inexperienced people down and they end up the day with big smiles on their face! Yes, there have been a few who were nervous…they addressed it by being slower than the rest of us by dragging their feet/hands on the snow.