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    Mount Washington Trail

    Bretton Woods, New Hampshire

    Mount Washington Trail

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    "The first time we attempted a winter ascent of Mount Washington, we didn’t make it. We remember it well; The climb was excruciating, the weather dismal. We stepped and rested, stepped and rested. We dug our crampons in and climbed the steep, snowy path, through a nasty brew of stinging ice and blinding snow. A biting wind chased us up the mountain, howling in our ears and blowing us off balance. We scrambled for footholds. And finally–rightly-we gave up and headed back down, several miles from the summit.

    Attempting a winter climb to the summit of Mount Washington is not for the meek and weak. It’s long (17 miles round trip); it’s steep (more than 4000 feet elevation gain); and it tunnels through a region known to have the “worst weather in the world.” Even summer attempts can be dangerous; in winter, extreme caution should be taken and you should be prepared to turn back if the weather turns nasty (as it so often does). Many lives have been lost on Mount Washington. That said, this classic climb to the top of New England’s highest perk is at the top of the list for avid outdoor enthusiasts. And the rewards are plentiful."

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    Trail Information

    Bretton Woods
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    Snowshoe Routes: New England

    4,368 feet
    Elevation Gain
    Trail Type
    Skill Level
    12 hours
    White Mountain National Forest, Androscoggin Ranger Station
    Local Contacts
    AMC White Mountain Guide, Map 1:G8-F9
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