Top three reasons to hike Mount Washington
An abundance of routes appropriate for day hikes
Unmatched panoramic views from the higher portions of the climbs
Challenge yourself on one of the most risky mountains in the world
Since 1642, Mount Washington has been attracting aspiring adventurers to its scenic routes. At 6,288 feet (1917 m), the mountain stands as the tallest in North Hampshire, and the tallest in the whole Northeastern US. The terrain here isn’t very forgiving — the avalanche risks, taxing inclines on some routes, and world-record wind speeds lead to Outside titling Mount Washington one of the most dangerous climbs in the world. However, those that come prepared are in for some of the most enjoyable treks in this part of the world, with world-class flora, wildlife, and amazing panoramic vistas encompassing all of North Hampshire. Mount Washington offers one of the most challenging, but rewarding hiking experiences out there. It’s time to gather your courage and head for the mountains!
May through October
Portland, OR, is 2 hours away
Beginner to advanced
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A Customized Day of Hiking on Mount Washington
Take on the tallest mountain in the Northeast in this 8-10 hour hiking adventure tailored just for you! Let your guide take you on an unforgettable adventure on some of Mount Washington’s greatest routes! Choose one of a myriad of exciting routes, such as the Summer Lion Head Ravine and the Ammonoosuc and Tuckerman Ravine Trails. And at the end of the trip, test your mettle and try to conquer the Mount Washington summit!
Meet your guide
AMGA Certified Guides
I’ve been involved with Northeast Mountaineering for several years as a client in need of outdoor adventure beyond my skills. It all started with a conversation about climbing Mt Washington in the winter because the Mt. Rainer trip that I had planned fell through. Even though I couldn’t make the Mt. Washington trip happen, I contacted them a year later to see if they could schedule any Northwest trips. After discussing all the details with Corey for the trip, my first trip to climb in Washington state was booked and a success. Since then, I have climbed numerous locations with them, from Mt, Rainier to international locations to ice climbing in New Hampshire. Each trip they demonstrate their professionalism before, during, and after the trip. Communication, hospitality, and professionalism are what I look for as a client and Northeast Mountaineering has never let me down! They have adjusted to changes in the Itinerary, accommodated my needs as a client during the trip, and provided some great knowledge and excitement along the way. I will continue to use them as a guide service because of the unique talent and specialization they provide.
Great experience. The guides are all first-class and super down-to-earth. Staying at the bunkhouse was cheap and easy. Gear is all first-rate. On day one we got the basics down (my brother and I had no winter mountaineering experience). On day two we summitted Mt Washington. Our guide had been up 63 out of his 67 attempts. He knew every inch of that mountain and we both felt totally at ease. An awesome experience! Excited to come back for some ice climbing.
I am so happy that I found this place. They are professionals, friendly and responsible. Best experience!
Things to know
Covid measures in Mount Washington, New Hampshire
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Mount Washington, New Hampshire, please refer to New Hampshire’s COVID-19 guidelines for out-of-state visitors.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get on this adventure:
- An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- A full day of hiking
- Transportation to the trailhead
What’s not included:
- Transportation to Glen, NH
- Accommodations (available at the Bunkhouse for only 20$ per person)
- Snacks, lunch
How fit do I need to be?
The best thing about hiking in Mount Washington is that there are incredible options for all skill levels. For beginner hikes, if you can walk for four to six hours with little elevation gain, you are good to go! Intermediate hikes will see a little more change in elevation and hikes will start to increase in length, hiking anywhere between four to eight miles. Advanced hikes are full-day treks with steep descents and challenging switchbacks. Keep in mind, the weather in summer can be very hot and you’ll also be packing a daypack filled with water and other things you’ll need throughout the day.
What do I need to bring?
Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:
- Day pack with waist strap (around a 25-40L bag)
- Hiking poles — optional
- Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
- Light insulating layer/softshell top
- Hardshell jacket with hood
- Hiking pants or shorts
- Hardshell pants
- Hiking boots or trail running sneakers
- Spare clothes for layering
- Waterproof rain jacket
- Sunhat/ball hat
- Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- Food you can eat on-the-go
- Camera — optional (but recommended)
Most of the required equipment listed above is available for rent from mtnGEAR.
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- For this private adventure, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 4:1.
- The cost per person decreases as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to hike with friends and family!
Hiking in Mount Washington can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.
If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to Mount Washington, most people fly into Portland International Jetport. From there, you can rent a car and take a 2-hour drive to Glen, or take a bus to Naples American Legion and take a taxi, which will take you around 2h15min total.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide’s Bunkhouse in Glen, NH, or a predetermined location. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.