This was the only day on our journey to New Hampshire when it didn't rain. We were fortunate as the weather conditions were agreeable the entire day. Started out around 9:15am at Pinkham Notch and summitted in 4 hours. Happy to have used our telescoping trekking poles which we put in our packs when hands free became the better option. Took Tuckerman Ravine trail to Lion Head for ascent as Tuckerman Ravine was closed due to ice sheets. Took same trip down. We agreed that this "hike" was truly a climb and is definitely a difficult physical challenge. We are a 45 year old married couple who ran the NYC marathon together in November. We compared the feeling of our legs after Mt. Washington to the post marathon feel. It is not for the inexperienced. We packed pants, fleece, hat, gloves, 2 gatorades each, gel packs, and PBJs for eating at the summit. The hike/climb down was a bit over 3 hours and was physically challenging too. You must have stamina to experience this unforgettable trail and summit. It is very rocky terrain nearly the entire way. The reward and satisfaction are immeasurable though.