Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail -Mount Washington

Nash Stream Forest, New Hampshire

Distance2.1mi
Elevation Gain2,337ft
Trailhead Elevation2,696ft
Top5,034ft
Elevation Min/Max2696/5034ft
Elevation Start/End2696/2696ft

Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail -Mount Washington

Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail is a hiking trail in Coös County, New Hampshire. It is within Nash Stream Forest and White Mountain National Forest. It is 2.1 miles long and begins at 2,696 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,337 feet. The Base Station Restaurant restrooms is near the trailhead. There is also parking. This trail connects with the following: Crawford Path.

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Hiking the White Mountains (Falcon Guides)
Lisa Densmore
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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." Read more

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9/30/2018
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7/7/2018
The views from this trail are definitely stunning but this hike was hard for me. The beginning of it is very easy but once you pass the pool of water you come to an area that is steep and there's a lot of hiking on rocks which is not my favorite thing. Heights make me a little nervous! Once you get close to the summit it gets a lot easier. The temperature changes a lot as you move up so make sure you bring some layers.
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7/3/2010
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.
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10/17/2009
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.
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8/28/2009
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.
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7/12/2009
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.
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8/5/2008
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.
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6/18/2004
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4/30/2003
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

Nash Stream Forest
Nearby City
Nash Stream Forest
Parks
Moderate
Skill Level
Androscoggin Ranger Station
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Washington Quad
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Dec 2018