Mount Washington

Bretton Woods, New Hampshire

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A classic route to the summit of the tallest mountain in the Northeast, passing waterfalls, the AMC Lakes of the Clouds Hut, and the two small alpine lakes for which the hut is named. Darby Field, together with a couple of Indian guides, made the first recorded climb of Mount Washington in 1642. Historians believe that Field climbed the mountain from the south, along the bare ridge of the southern Presidentials. Today, there are many ways to reach the summit of the Northeast’s highest peak: by trail from every direction, by auto road, and by cog railway. The Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail (blue blazes) from the west is a favorite for several reasons. First, although a hefty 4.6 miles and almost 4,000 vertical feet from the trailhead to the summit, it is one of the shortest routes up this formidable peak. In addition, it climbs beside a series of cascades en route to the AMC Lakes of the Clouds Hut and its two namesake ponds, which are the source of the Ammonoosuc River.
Hiking the White Mountains

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Hiking the White Mountains

by Lisa Densmore (Falcon Guides)

A classic route to the summit of the tallest mountain in the Northeast, passing waterfalls, the AMC Lakes of the Clouds Hut, and the two small alpine lakes for which the hut is named. Darby Field, together with a couple of Indian guides, made the first recorded climb of Mount Washington in 1642. Historians believe that Field climbed the mountain from the south, along the bare ridge of the southern Presidentials. Today, there are many ways to reach the summit of the Northeast’s highest peak: by trail from every direction, by auto road, and by cog railway.

The Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail (blue blazes) from the west is a favorite for several reasons. First, although a hefty 4.6 miles and almost 4,000 vertical feet from the trailhead to the summit, it is one of the shortest routes up this formidable peak. In addition, it climbs beside a series of cascades en
route to the AMC Lakes of the Clouds Hut and its two namesake ponds, which are the source of the Ammonoosuc River.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bretton Woods
Distance: 9.2
Elevation Gain: 3,800 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 11 hours
Local Maps: USGS Mount Washington Quad
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Washington

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May 2018