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2019-08-12  
Mt. Washington via Ammonoosuc Ravine, NH
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Mt. Washington via Ammonoosuc Ravine, NH 
Mt. Washington via Ammonoosuc Ravine, NH
 
Hiking avatar Aug 12 2019
rayhuston
Hiking4.33 Miles 3,669 AEG
Hiking4.33 Miles   5 Hrs   44 Mns   1.17 mph
3,669 ft AEG   2 Hrs   2 Mns Break
 
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I spent a week vacationing in NE with my friend Rob (and one day with my frequent hiking partner Kevin), split between central Massachusetts and the White Mountains in New Hampshire. While in the White Mountains, Kevin suggested we hike Mount Washington via Ammonoosuc Ravine. There are a few ways to summit Washington, with Tuckerman Ravine being the most popular route. Ammonoosuc Ravine is probably the easiest route, though not easy.

The Ammonoosuc Ravine Trailhead is on the west side of the mountain on Base Station Road. A short distance from the TH is the “Cog Railway,” which takes passengers to and from the summit of Mt. Washington. We chose this trailhead because we wanted to take the Cog down. Judging from the number of other hikers on the train, it seems to be a popular thing to do. After ascending 3,600 feet in four miles, it was the wise thing to do, for us anyway. We were cold and whooped. The train got us down in about 20 minutes.

This is an amazing hike. The first mile and a half of trail is shrouded in forest as it runs alongside the Ammonoosuc River. The thick forest and sound of running water continues on after you veer away from the river as water cascades down the steep mountain slopes. Along the way you’ll see beautiful water falls and inviting pools as you continue the unrelenting climb up the mountain. The shrouded forest gives way to stunning views when you reach the alpine area at about 5000 feet; the running water finally stops.

The AMC Lakes of the Clouds Hut, a way station for Appalachian trail through hikers, was our next stop. It’s a good place to eat and rest. Homemade soup is available at the hut for a $2 donation. My buddy Kevin chose to summit nearby Mt. Monroe while Rob and I waited at the hut. I bought the turkey soup and slurped it down with an energy bar. I felt invigorated after. Maybe homemade turkey soup and a chocolate brownie cliff bar is a new super food combination.

The trip from the hut to the summit was cold and windy. The last mile was shrouded in fog. Giant cairns spaced short distances apart guided the way, lest you wander aimlessly into oblivion. 1.5 miles and 1200 feet after leaving the hut, we reached the top. I went immediately to the true summit marker to get a picture, but there were at least two dozen people waiting in line for a photo op. Not today. I went instead to get my ticket for the train ride down. All aboard.
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