Explorer | 21 pts
This is a great way to get up Mount Washington, because you are starting at such a high elevation – 3008 feet. We started at about 10AM and (after peaking Jefferson and Clay) were in the Summit House before the last train down. Of course, we didn't take that 5pm train, but the chili was pretty good, and we used the bathrooms, filled up the water bottles and headed down to Hermit Lake shelter, using the Lions Head Trail. We had not reserved any space but were greeted and enjoyed our assigned hut, picnic table, and the bathrooms thoroughly.
The hike back up Tuckerman's Ravine in the morning - to Lakes in The Clouds shelter - was truly stunning in the morning sun. We had a second car parked at the base of Crawford Notch. So, after peaking Monroe, Franklin, Eisenhower, and Pierce, and visiting the Mitzpah Shelter (where a second night would have been nice) we headed down a couple miles to a fork in the trail where several of us continued on Crwaford Notch Trail and went to the AMC Highlander Lodge, while the drivers went across the bridge to where the car was parked and took the (relatively short) drive back to the Caps Ridge Trailhead where we began the day before.