Ascent of Mount Washington on 2015-08-01

Climber: Michael Vecchiarelli

Date:Saturday, August 1, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Washington
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:6288 ft / 1916 m

Ascent Trip Report

I stayed at an amazing B&B in North Conway called The Spruce Moose. If you get a chance, I highly recommend it. I slept well and the breakfast's are reportedly legendary. I had to depart this day before breakfast was served but the owners left us fresh muffins to take with us, after they found out that we would miss breakfast. It was about a 25 minute drive to Pinkham Notch and the start of our hike.

The parking lot at Pinkham Notch was pretty full when I arrived at 7:00. After some packing and a pit stop, we began our hike. My dad and sister were initially going to make the attempt to summit but my dad ran out of steam less then a couple miles in (he's in his late 60's and for some reason will only hike in jeans and work boots), so my sister went back with him to the car and they drove to the top to meet me. So, I was flying solo.

The hike is pretty easy in my opinion. Gradual inclines mostly with some steep sections. Man, the trail was crowded, as the parking lot situation would suggest. I took Tuckerman's Ravine Trail until I didn't have to. In an attempt to get away from the crowds, I made a right onto Lion's Head and took that to the summit approach. It kind of paid off, as I only saw a handful of people on this section, as opposed to the dozens and dozens on the Tuckerman Ravine Trail. For the amount of elevation gained, the hike was not as challenging as I would have thought it to be. But the last 0.4 miles was a good challenge, partially in the clouds. The unpredictable weather lived up to its reputation, but nothing serious, just some wind and clouds. My dad and sister were waiting at the top in the cafeteria.

Overall, the hike was kind of a disappointment. For the highest peak in the entire Northeastern U.S., I guess I was just expecting more. The number of people at the summit really bothered me. If I hike this mountain again, I will make sure to hike it on a day that is not on a weekend in the summer. There is literally a small town at the top of this mountain. I took the car down as I saw not much enjoyment in hiking back down in a herd.

I still want to hike the rest of the Presidential range, and just about any other New Hampshire mountain. Without roads and trains to take people to the summit, I should be OK. I am glad I knocked out this peak though.
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Top of Mt. Wash. There's a small town up here (2015-08-02). Photo by Michael Vecchiarelli.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4238 ft / 1291 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4238 ft / 1291 m
    Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Route:Tuckerman Ravine Trail to Lions Head to summit
    Start Trailhead:Pinkham Notch Visitor Center  2050 ft / 624 m
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics

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