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Tuckerman's Ravine
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Eric D
Ocean City, NJ8 contributions
After spending 2 days riding across the state on the Cross New England Adventure Trail, we pivoted towards a hike. Neither of us had much if any experience, but did know enough to pack lots of water and appropriate shoes and clothing. And why not start at the highest hill in New England. Starting in the parking lot, the initial trail up to the huts was mostly rock, rocky enough that a very good mountain biker would probably avoid the trail. We felt pretty good at the huts after a short lunch so pushed on. After the huts, the trail becomes almost a straight line up the ravine. Calling it a trail is generous, just some yellow paint splattered onto boulders. Frankly, after the huts it is nothing but boulders, as if God had just spewed Legos onto the earth. Slow and steady we proceeded through the falls, which luckily were pretty timid due to the time of year. After perhaps an hour or 2, we started seeing the Karens, the rocky pyramids that guide the way. From Karen to Karen we persevered, climbing ever upward, congratulating ourselves for each Karen we achieved. Once you achieve the top of the ravine, a reality hits you that the top is still a good hour away, but those Karens consistently give you hope, one at a time that you are moving forward. Sooner or later you see signs of civilization. Yes, parked cars at the top. Sort of biter sweet, but it was the goal. The top is a bit of an anticlimactic mix of the masses that drove up, standing in line at the “Peak Sign”, but in my opinion, the grassy knoll about 50 vertical feet from the top was the “Peak” . I finally laid down and enjoyed the day. The Karens had dragged us the last 1000 vertical feet.
Met about 10 really nice people on the way, all providing encouragement. We decided to take the shuttle van down out of self-preservation. Our time up, 4 hours 33 mins was respectable, but at 55 yo, we spent the 50$.
Written September 15, 2021
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Raleigh, NC4,381 contributions
We hiked to Crystal Cascades with our dog along Tuckerman Ravine Trail. The rest of the trail would have been probably too difficult for him, but it's pretty easy to the waterfall. The 100-foot waterfall is really spectacular. Stone steps just off the trail lead to a nice view of this beauty. It was my favorite one we visited in New Hampshire, maybe all of New England. Parking can be difficult at the visitor center, but overflow parking can be found. But this is definitely a must-see if visiting the area.
Written October 3, 2021
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Concord, NH81 contributions
Mt Washington's Tuckerman Ravine is a great hike whether done in the spring to take in some spring skiing or in the summer or fall to enjoy the breathtaking scenery. The Tuckerman Ravine Trail is a rocky/rugged path that ascends up a fairly consistent grade passing mountain streams and waterfalls reaching the Hermit Lake Shelter in less than 3 miles. From the deck of the Shelter you can see Boott Spur, Lion Head and the ridgeline that joins the two including the ravine. This is a great destination on it's own with a great place to enjoy a picnic lunch and hang out. For the hardier bunch, continue up the Tuckerman Ravine Trail to reach the upper floor of the ravine in less than a mile. There are a few rocks to scramble over but the views get better and better as you reach the bottom of the ravine. If you time it right, you can see wildflowers in full bloom near the stream and waterfall. You do want to take note of the weather and be sure to use proper judgement as storms can come from the west over the ravine quicker than you would think. Be safe and be sure to check in with the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center prior to starting the hike. The Appalachian Mtn Club White Mountain Guide is a great guide for this hike and others in the region.

Here is a video of the day hiking up the Tuckerman Ravine Trail into the Bowl which will give you a great representation of what the trail looks like in Summer.

Written February 19, 2013
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steve s
Royersford, PA48 contributions
A group of friends and I hiked and reached the summit of Mt Washington on 6/4/15 via Tuckerman's Ravine and the Lion Head trail. The best way for me to review this hike is to compare it to hiking Mt. Kahtadin in Maine because that's the only other major hike I've done. Bear with me if you haven't hiked Kahtadin.

We drove to NH from PA in about 8hrs. And stayed a week. We had a local friend be our "tour guide" for the week so we had the inside track on what was fun and easy to do. We planned a week because we wanted to have more opportunities to have a great day to summit and we wanted to mountain bike and canoe/kayak the Sacco river. We stayed at Glen Ellis campground and I can't give them enough kind words. A very nice campsite in general and I highly recommend them if you are camping....there seemed to be thousands of small cottages for rent as well in North Conway. Remember we were there BEFORE the high season kicks in and I heard it can get VERY crowded in season so I can't speak of how the volume of people can be later in the summer.

We set up camp in the rain and had overcast weather the first 2.5 days. We explored Conway and the surrounding area a little. All I'll say on that is there are numerous fun eateries and stores in North Conway and the surrounding area.

After the weather cleared we did a light hike up Mt. Stanton to get the feel and made the decision to wait later in the week to summit Mt Washington because the weather was looking better then. I also decided to skip the mountain biking trip the next day because I wanted to be prepared for the big climb and be fresh. I think those that went in our group would say it took a little off of the energy they had for the summit BUT they loved it, and I may go next time. You have to remember you gotta bike up all the hills first before you get the ride down !

We (all 5) arrived at the trail base at around 8am and planned to summit by lunch. Our group ranged in age from 37 - 50 and ranged from very experienced hikers to complete novice hikers. I found the first mile or so of the trip to be a very pleasant hike and not unlike Kahtadin in the way the slope is gradual and covered with rocks. There are in my opinion more stretches of trail down low with easier footing than Kahtadin. You still have to watch almost all of your footfalls to make sure you don't step on a rock the wrong way. There is a nice waterfall and a few bridges and even a ladder to climb before you get to much real steep stuff. I found that there were more spots where you needed more than just your two feet to ascend on Kahtadin than Washington. I also found there were more places you may experience a little vertigo on Kahtadin if you are susceptible to that. Even so, I did not find anything on the hike up that was actually scary. There are a few nice high "peak" areas to ascend to with amazing views after the treeline especialy, where if you were not paying attention you really could fall to your death. I think I saw the spot where the lady fell to her death a short while ago. I can imagine in the confusion when the spot was packed that you could lose your concentration and make a mistake. There have been over 150 deaths on the mountain.

Speaking of the danger. As I said I found nothing to be scary but I know one in our group was a little intimidated by the Lion Head section. I have a very low cut off point for scary. I won't hike on something where a simple slip or trip could take your life. In my opinion you would have to make a pretty big mistake to have that kind of accident. As far as exposure deaths go they mostly happen in winter climbs and I'm not sure I would ever climb the mountain in the winter. We brought all the gear recommended which is mosly related to weather. All I'll say on that is it's easy to do your own research on what a smart hiker brings to Mt Washington summit trips. At Kahtadin the big thing seemed to be a headlamp rather than cold weather gear. You certainly would be in a bad place without one on either hike after dark. We were blessed with mostly clear skies and temps in the 40's at the top !

Mt Washington is a long fun hike with varied terrain. I could go on and describe it but you're better off discovering those things on your own. I will tell you that the last mile was grueling. I found the footing to be better at the top at Kahtadin but the last mile on Washington was a granite stairway at nice steep angle.....seemed to take forever. The last 100 yards was across a parking lot. ( you can do your own research on that as well )

One in our group opted to take the van ride down for $30 and it really isn't a bad idea. I heard something like 80% of accidents happen on the way down. If it gets you on the mountain hiking rather than driving then do it, but don't take the hike lightly. It took us 10 hours and I was beat at the end even though I was in MUCH better shape for this hike vs last year to Maine. I saw a few of the amazing people like I saw on Kahtadin. We were lapped twice by a guy RUNNING it and at least one person was in flip flops ! As well as a few teen boys that looked like they might have been training for sports with no gear at all. I have come a long way from my hike last year in Maine but I'm not sure I could ever do that. If you can't walk 10 miles on flatland without being sore I wouldn't consider it for a first hike. I also found hiking sticks to be very helpful.

I titled this a hiker is born because I think I've found a new passion. At 45 with a little arthritis starting and a little beer belly going on I find exercising to be more and more important than it used to be. What greater way to get fit ? You may want to read my review of Kahtadin even if you don't plan on hiking it. It may help explain my point of view.

A few more things. I can't tell you how much having the right clothing on the mountain made the climb more enjoyable. ( I wore jeans and a cotton t-shirt and hoodie for Kahtadin ). I can't say how much camping feet from the Sacco river was awesome. It was great to have the bad weather up front because it seemed to knock the bugs back and we were blessed with virtually no bug issues other than the black flies that bit us when we stopped at the Lake of the Clouds to change socks. They were so bad there that we got moving on fast. I also really think going early in the season was key to the fun but if you are going as a family you may like a little more people around to meet and share the fun with. I also was much better at consuming enough calories on the hike. You really need to keep the calories coming in or you will likely run out of energy before you are done. Next time I'm bringing a bigger tent !

I must mention the float. The last day of our trip we floated the Sacco. Very fun and easy for a novice canoe or kayaker. I would detail it more but that's really a different review. Just do it when your there you can't got wrong. We again had great weather the water was clear and we had the amazing river beaches and views to ourselves.

Only been home a few days and already thinking of the next hike/adventure.

Visited June 2015
Written June 10, 2015
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USA12 contributions
This is the shortest ascent of Mt. Washington from its eastern flanks. On good weather days, the trail becomes a parade of hikers going up and down, so be prepared to pause as people pass you. I went with a small group bound for the summit; our plan was to hike up and take the hiker shuttle down the Auto Road back to Pinkham Notch.

The day was overcast. Rain persisted throughout the day, and the forecast predicted thunderstorms in the afternoon. Not surprisingly, few hikers were out this day, so we had the trail almost to ourselves.

A review of the trail can't be limited to the qualities of the terrain — the weather is as important a factor as how steep or rough the footing is. A prospective visitor should also assess his/her physical abilities and gear preparations; this is a "short" hike that seems like a very long day. I mentally break the trail down into three sections: the first is a steady march over small rocks and roots under tree canopy as the path crosses over a stream several times. There are few turns or twists, just a long uphill walk that really warms up the muscles and lungs. The second phase is the stretch that leaves the flat area around Hermit Lake and the caretaker hut and heads through the ravine floor. The hut is a good place to change out of sweaty gear, top off your water bottle and check for any weather updates. The way up from here becomes more picturesque but also more challenging, as the rocks are bigger and more vertical. Before you realize it, you're ascending the headwall on a path that cuts its way past waterfalls and alpine shrubbery. This is nature's stairmaster, and be careful with your footing, especially when other hikers are passing up or down.

The ravine is a good place to keep an eye on the weather, since it's sheltered from the prevailing western winds. We had a light fog the entire time that allowed us to see fairly well up the trail, so it wasn't the splendid view I'd seen on previous attempts. As the trail skirts under the right-side Lion’s Head mass, you'll pass one water fall right over the path and then push up past the last of the trees to the alpine meadow.

The third section is the rocky scramble to the summit. Trail markers in yellow paint indicate the way as you pick your way from boulder to boulder. Our group heard mountain birds and even caught sight of red coated ermine darting out of their dens. Piles of rocks (cairns) mark the way up, and it's here that the chill and non-stop climbing wore me out. A chocolate bar put some glucose back into my system, and I was more alert after that. It's less than a mile from the top of the ravine to the summit, but that stretch can put even the most passionate hiker at risk. (It was a good thing that the temperature didn't plunge below the 40s, or we'd have been stuck on frozen rocks).

After one short scramble, you hit the pavement of the Auto Road and from there it's a few steps to the summit buildings. Of course, the view from the top was nonexistent, but the trail itself was rewarding.

The AMC trail guidebook estimates the average time up at 4 hours, 15 minutes. With several breaks for lunch, snacks and catching our breath, it was more like 5. This is a strenuous hike which requires planning for extreme weather and good aerobic ability, but it's not especially technical. If this is your first serious hike in the White Mountains, it would best to work up to Tuckerman's Ravine with a series of more forgiving trails first. The mountain is always there; don't risk disaster on a whim or with inadequate gear.
Written July 18, 2016
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Londonderry, New Hampshire, United States12 contributions
My first trip up was 5.2.15 with 10 others, I was the youngest in a group of +/-50 yr olds. I packed my hiking bag with spare change of clothes, protein, a picnic blanket and crampons. 3/4 of the trail that day were covered in snow and ice, that was the first time I'd ever used crampons and fell right in love with them. It was going to be a warm day, the trail was packed with people; hikers, skiers, boarders. Their attire ranged from practical to bathrobe to a pair of shorts with their gear. It was fun to watch the different outfits make their way up the snowy trail. Despite training beforehand, my calves burned like crazy until I pulled over to give them a quick break while waiting for others in our group to catch up. It took us about 3 hrs to get to HoJo's for lunch, then we continued on up to the floor. The last .7 was incredibly steep, "mashed potato" snow. I used the shrubs to help pull myself up at times. The view going up is quite breathtaking, one side of the trail seems to just fall off and behind you, the rest of the world is visible. I loved it. And I'm glad I'm not afraid of heights. Getting into the bowl was one of the greatest experiences of my life. You stand on the floor of the bowl with your jaw in the snow as you look and take in this amazing headwall all around you. It's just unlike anything you'll ever see, I think, not like your typical mountain hiking. People cling to the head wall waiting for their moment to drop down on skis/boards, people are cheering, clapping, egging them on. I laid my picnic blanket out and watched in awe the sights around me, I really admire the enthusiasm these skiers/boarders have coming all this way, only to climb another several hundred feet almost straight up for a treacherous drop. All the power to them, I think it's awesome. The whole climb took us about 8-9 hrs, I've never been so sore in all my life. My pack was a little over 20 lbs when I weighed it back at the visitor center. I finished my camelback at HoJo's and refilled it at the well pump along the way to the floor.
I loved the hike so much I did it again 5.24.15. The terrain was quite different. Despite it being Memorial Day weekend, there weren't nearly as many people and a fraction of those were skiers. With only 3 of us around 27 y/o, we were up and back in 5 hrs. No crampons needed, much to my dismay, I used them in the floor to take pictures, where there was still some snow, otherwise, the trail was mostly rock and I found, more difficult to pick across than the snow/ice. I will do a final hike in September/October when the snow returns. I felt like a new person after hiking Tucks, as corny as it sounds. What a confidence booster! It was just completely unreal and I can't wait to go back and do it again!
Written June 7, 2015
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Quebec City, Canada29 contributions
If you can stay on the stairmaster for an hour and not get winded or exhausted then this is a great hike for you. I am not that person, so for me this was very hard. I think everyone should evaluate their own fitness level and honestly decide if thus is right for you. Just because lots of people do it doesn't mean it's easy.
I go to the gym 3 times a week, and it took me 5.5 hours to get to the top and the last mike was pure torture.
I give it 5 stars because it's beautiful and a great accomplishment.
Written July 27, 2017
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Christina C
Wells, ME47 contributions
This hike was the biggest physical challenge my husband and I have done! It took us about 3 hours and 40 minutes to reach the top with breaks built in. Areas of the trail defined as relatively easy, were also relentlessly difficult. We were fooled after getting past the head wall, expecting the summit to be close and "easier going." However, as close as the summit looked, the people at the top of the trail appeared tiny, and we knew it was still far away. The last bit to the summit is indeed "rock hopping," reminding us of walking rock to rock along the Jetty's as the beaches. At no point however was I worried about falling to serious injury. I would not do this trail if it had just rained, or in the winter time.
Written September 14, 2015
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Boston, MA8 contributions
Hiking to Mt. Washington is definitely challenging, but totally worth it! My wife and I hiked over the July 4th weekend via Tuckerman/Lion's head trail. Spectacular scenery along the way. The trail is rocky and there were few places where it was hard to find the foot holding, that made it challenging. Carrying water bottles and warm clothing definitely helps.

I would strongly recommend this trail. Totally Woth!
Written July 8, 2015
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Farmington, CT96 contributions
We saw reviews of this hike stating that it is quite easy. Both my husband and myself are in great shape and we felt that this hike is quite challenging. We had a great time and would definitely recommend this trail.
Written October 9, 2014
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