White Mountain National Forest: Mount Washington via Tuckerman Ravine

Bag the most famous peak in the Presidential Range in a long day, or spend a weekend enjoying the views on this classic 7.8-mile summit route.
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Bag the most famous peak in the Presidential Range in a long day, or spend a weekend enjoying the views on this classic 7.8-mile summit route.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 12.4

Waypoints

TRV001

Location: 44.257545, -71.25325

Head N from Pinkham Notch on well-traveled but rocky Tuckerman Ravine Trail (allow at least 4-5 hrs. for ascent)

TRV002

Location: 44.259129, -71.254211

Straight across Blanchard Ski Trail

TRV003

Location: 44.260498, -71.256958

Trail crosses Cutler River on wooden bridge; in a bit, a short spur leads to Crystal Cascade, a photo-worthy waterfall

TRV004

Location: 44.259518, -71.257751

Keep R onto Tuckerman Ravine Trail

TRV005

Location: 44.261829, -71.269737

Keep L @ junction, staying on Tuckerman

TRV006

Location: 44.263351, -71.275497

Cross a tributary of the Cutler River

TRV007

Location: 44.263691, -71.277817

Veer L @ Y

TRV008

Location: 44.26228, -71.283073

Turn L @ T; rocky and steady uphill

TRV009

Location: 44.261009, -71.284531

Go L @ Lionhead Trail junction; stay on Tuckerman to Hermit Lake

TRV010

Location: 44.26001, -71.286346

Hermit Lake: nearby lean-tos and campsites. Check weather report @ caretaker's cabin before quad-busting assault up the first, smaller headwall, which can be a circus of skiers, hikers, even tubers

TRV011

Location: 44.262959, -71.300049

No where to go but up rocky ledges to the main headwall (watch for loose rocks, ice)

TRV012

Location: 44.26355, -71.302361

R @ 4-way, bearing N up steep rocks

TRV013

Location: 44.265896, -71.302574

Continue on Tuckerman Ravine Trail

TRV014

Location: 44.27047, -71.303291

Mt. Washington (6,288 ft.). On clear days, views stretch 90 mi. Mail a postcard, eat lunch, then retrace route to car