Elevation

6,288 ft / 1,916 m

Prominence

6,148 ft / 1,873 m

Summits

890 summits

Top climbing months

July   21%

August   17%

September  16%

Most climbed route

Tuckerman Ravine Trail

Class 2 • 4,256 ft / 1,297 m gain

Highlights

  • Mount Washington is the highest peak in the Northeastern US and the most prominent peak in the Eastern US.
  • Famous for its dangerously erratic weather - be prepared in any season for huge swings in weather.
  • Long held the world record for the highest wind gust directly measured at the Earth's surface, 231 mph.
  • Many trails lead to the summit, including the Appalachian Trail, which crosses the summit.
  • Lakes of the Clouds Hut, one of the Appalachian Mountain Club's eight mountain huts, is located on one of the mountain's shoulders.
  • The mountain has two prominent glacial cirques. Craggy Huntington Ravine offers rock and ice climbing in an alpine setting. And by far the more famous Tuckerman Ravine is New England's classic late-spring pilgrimage for spring backcountry skiing as late as June.
  • Unfortunately, an auto road and also a cog railway lead to the summit.
  • Agiochook (also spelled Agiocochook) is the name used by some Native American tribes. It means "the top is so hidden" or "the summit of the highest mountain".
"2 semaines solo de pure plaisir à faire du hiking à différentes places dont les Whites Moutains. LA grosse journée où je tente trois gros sommets dont le mont Washington. Ce fut une réussite de A à Z. En beaucoup moins de temps que je le pensais et aussi plus facilement que je m'y attendais. Je monte par la trail ammonoosuc jusqu'à la Hut, direction Monroe, ensuite retour vers Washington, pause diner, direction Clay: ensuite Jefferson, je vire de bord pour me diriger vers la Jewel trail jusqu'au stationnement... Oufff! Très belle journée malgré que les sommets avaient la tête dans les nuages, " - fsoucy76, Sep 24, 2018
"Epic climb up the Nelson Crag Trail to the summit. Since we took a little longer to summit than previously hoped for, we ended up taking the hiker shuttle down to Pinkham Notch" - HikeLikeMike, Sep 7, 2018
"Used the cog train to get to the top (time restrictions). Went part way down the mountain then back up during the short 1 hour we were allowed at the top. Will return one day to do from the base to the top." - donizen, Sep 2, 2018
"Very cold and windy up at Mt. Washington. Still packed full of people and didn't have the time to wait for a summit sign photo. Too many tourists and I wanted to make it to the Lakes of the Clouds Hut in time for dinner." - dmcosker, Aug 23, 2018
"The weather was mixed, some rain, sun, clear sky and overcast. We reached the summit via the Jewell trail. The trail is gradual and easy until tree line, then there are switchbacks that are gradual but very rocky. Below summit we had views but on top we were in the clouds." - hbotc, Aug 13, 2018

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