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Winter Mountaineering on Mount Washington

Mt. Washington | New Hampshire
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2 REVIEWS
Trip Highlights

Top reasons to go mountaineering on Mount Washington

  • Trip Highlight

    Overcome the tallest mountain in New Hampshire the US Northeast

  • Trip Highlight

    Test your prowess in some of the harshest hiking conditions in the US

  • Trip Highlight

    Experience the panoramic views from one of Mt. Washington’s peaks

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!

Season

December through April

Nearest city

Portland, ME, is 2 hours away

Duration

1 day

Skill level

Intermediate to advanced

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Winter Mountaineering on Mount Washington

1 day

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.

Reviews

Reviews (2)

Summit Mt. Washington
luvtoypym about Northeast Mountaineering on Tripadvisor

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.

Awesome
Abigail M. about Northeast Mountaineering on Tripadvisor

I am so happy that I found this place. They are professionals, friendly and responsible. The best experience.

Things to know

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’s included?

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 $30 per person)
    • Meals and snacks

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.

How fit do I need to be?

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.

What do I need to bring?

Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

    • Daypack with waist strap (around a 30-40L pack)
    • Crampons
    • Ice ax
    • Waterproof helmet
    • Hiking poles — optional
    • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
    • Mountaineering boots
    • Light insulating layer/softshell top
    • Hardshell jacket with hood
    • Insulated parka
    • Synthetic climbing pants
    • Hardshell pants
    • Spare clothes for layering
    • Warm wool or synthetic hat
    • Ball hat/sunhat
    • Buff/neck gaiter
    • Lightweight gloves
    • Medium weight gloves
    • Heavy insulated mitts
    • Gaiters
    • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
    • Headlamp or flashlight
    • Sunglasses
    • Camera — optional (but recommended)

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 age requirements

Group sizes and prices:

    • For this adventure, the max 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!

Mountaineering in Mt. 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 mountaineers 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 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.

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