Mount Washington, Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail

Berlin, New Hampshire 3570

Mount Washington, Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail

Mount Washington, Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail is the most direct western route to the alpine splendor that cloaks Mount Washington’s shoulders. Recent groundwork has tamed the ascent of the ravine’s headwall, resulting in a trail that is nearly the equivalent of the Valley Way, a moderate path and reliable escape route from exposed mountain summits.

Ammonoosuc Ravine also embraces one of the most enchanting water-laced trails to be found in all the White Mountains. Special attractions: Waterfalls and pools along the Ammonoosuc River, glittering cascades on alpine slopes, and spectacular mountain views."

Mount Washington, Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail Reviews

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It was well maintained with a babbling brook next to you for most of the hike giving you opportunities for some nice photo ops. The trail is steep and rocky so tuff for some knees in our group. I would not try it in the rain if you are not good at rock climbing as there are a lot of exposed faces. Overall wonderful views, lakes in the clouds is great for a break also gives you the chance to tackle two 5000'ers in one hike. In July we found a 40 degree difference from base to summit so pack appropriately. Hope this helps.
I hiked this with a girlfriend starting about 7am. We were able to hike quite successfully with only microspikes for the snow and ice we encountered. We took plenty of layers expecting it to be quite cold but, alas, we had the mildest day with temps in the 20's, no clouds, no fog, and absolutely no wind the whole way if you can believe that! We went up the Ammonusuc Ravine Trail in about 5 hours due to some post-holing and came down the Jewel trail as it is a bit more gentle. The trip down was about 4 hours.
We had a great day clear sky all day long 45 degree's and 15mph wind . The trail was great , not as steep as i expected but still has great views and definetly felt the hike the next day.
Excellent trail! Got started around 8:15, hit the summit at noon at a solid pace with some stops for photos. It was a beautiful day, 70's at the base, 45 degrees at the summit. This is a truly beautiful trail with quite a bit of biodiversity, cute waterfalls and several scenic views. If I lived nearby, I would hike this trail again and again and again.
Challenging trail - last one mile very steep; average 45 degree climb over wet, slippery granite slabs. Leads to Lakes of the Clouds Hut, a nice stop over on the way to Mt. Washington summit. Be in good shape to attempt this trail. The best trail for protection from bad weather.
It was just fabulous! The day before, we were hiking on Mount Lafayette, but we were not alone. On Ammonoosuc we did not meet anybody except at the top. The trail was fantastic as we were hiking along a river, crossing some falls. Th weather was with us as we were expecting snow or at least rain, we had a wonderfull sun all day with blue sky. I will remember that trail as 20 years ago, I was hiking Mount Washington from the other side and I found it so exhausting that I told myself it would be my last time on this mountain. 20 years later and older I am there hiking with friends and smiling as I did not find it as difficult as 20 years ago!

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Trail Information

Nearby City
3,800 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Androscoggin Ranger Station
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Washington 7.5 x 15.
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018