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As the tallest mountain in the American Northeast, Mount Washington towers over its neighbors at an elevation of 6,288 ft (1917 m). The conditions up there are no joke—the weather is erratic and the winds are terrifyingly strong. All this, paired with the significant elevation gain, makes hikes up Mount Washington something only experienced and prepared mountaineers should undertake. However, those ready to tussle with Mount Washington’s extreme conditions will experience some of the most gratifying hikes out there, with phenomenal views of the nearby mountains and ravines. This is especially true for those tenacious enough to brave the weather and reach Mt. Washington’s stunning summit. The “most dangerous small mountain in the world” hides some majestic nature. Gather your courage and come feel the thrill of mountaineering!
Overcome the tallest mountain in New Hampshire the US Northeast
Test your prowess in some of the harshest hiking conditions in the US
Experience the panoramic views from one of Mt. Washington’s peaks
Join a winter mountaineering tour to Mt. Washington and experience New Hampshire’s winter wonderland! Discover classic routes such as the Winter Lion Head Route, Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail, Tuckerman Ravine Trail, and many more, and try to conquer the magnificent Mount Washington summit! An experienced local guide will lead the way, making sure your trip goes by safely and without a hitch.
The hike was absolutely amazing. Dakota checked my equipment; he explained the plans for the climb including route, weather, emergencies and our mandatory turnback time. During the hike, Dakota was professional yet personal. He regularly took the opportunity to teach about technique, contingency, snow conditions, past experiences and opportunities for future excursions. His passion for the outdoors was obvious and shared. A great sense of humor but with an keen eye for his role as guide. Several times, he would quietly plant a foot hold and allow me to pass ensuring that, if I tripped up, the fall would be short and humorous- and nothing more. Dakota and I started as client/guide and left as friends. Very happy.
I am so happy that I found this place. They are professionals, friendly and responsible. The best experience.
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:
What’s not included:
For an additional fee of $40 per person, you can hire a professional photographer to accompany you and take pictures of you on your adventure.
A winter climb of Mt. Washington is a serious undertaking. Participants can expect an 8-10 hour climb up the Winter Lion Head Trail or one of the many other routes that lead to the summit—with a large portion of the day above the treeline. You will experience changes in elevation, steep descents, and challenging switchbacks. Participants should be prepared, in good physical shape with prior hiking experience. Keep in mind that the winters on Mount Washington can be extreme and you should be prepared for exposure to high winds and arctic temperatures. You’ll also be packing a daypack filled with water and other things you’ll need throughout the day.
Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:
Most of the required equipment can be rented from your guide’s affiliate at a 20% discount. If you need to rent any equipment, contact us to make arrangements.
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 prices:
Mountaineering in Mt. Washington can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
If your group has mountaineers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
To get to Mount Washington, most people fly into Portland International Jetport in Maine. 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.