Elevation

6,288 ft / 1,916 m

Prominence

6,148 ft / 1,873 m

Summits

884 summits

Top climbing months

July   21%

August   17%

September  15%

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".
"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
"Great trip with Mr. Duquette. The morning started off overcast and the submit was in the clouds. The weather improved during the climb up and blue sky emerged on the submit. We had great views and a great hike!" - doug0379, Aug 10, 2018
"After Isolation, I followed the Davis Path up to Washington. I was feeling it by the time I got to the summit. I spent 16 min in line waiting to touch the summit sign. I then went down Tuckerman's Ravine Tr, making great time. Between the overnight hike and now this hike, I was really tired. " - newenglandwarrior, Sep 23, 2017
"Started at valley way in an attempt for the full Presi traverse North to South. Slower going than we had hoped and the weather was very wet, cold and windy. Amazing experience and proud of my partner for making it to Washington summit. Definitely would do it again. Bring a map! " - cindyloujoe, Aug 9, 2017
"Amazing day with sunny skies, temps in the 20's and to top it off very little wind. It was an incredible day to hit Monroe and Washington and I would say the hundred other people up there would agree! Snowshoes up to the hut, crampons to Monroe and Washington, over Washington to Jewell we switched to microspikes. At treeline we returned to snow shoes. Fantastic weekend to bag the last of my presidentials (winter)." - shay-shay, Mar 18, 2017

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