The infamous Mount Washington sits at 6,288 feet above sea level in the Presidential Range of the White Mountain National Forest, making it the tallest peak in not only the state of New Hampshire, but the tallest peak in all of New England. On a clear day, you will be rewarded with sweeping views that extend into Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Maine, Quebec, and the Atlantic Ocean from the top. There are three ways to reach the summit of Mount Washington; hiking, driving, and riding.
Option #1: Driving
The Mount Washington Auto Road takes you on a journey up to the summit of Mount Washington while offering spectacular views into the Great Gulf Wilderness and the Presidential Mountain Range along the way. You can drive the road yourself from May to October, or you can book a guided trip. Drivers will pass through four climates and enjoy incredible scenic views from various lookout points.
Option #2: Riding
The most popular way to get to the summit is via the Mount Washington Cog Railway, which has been in operation since 1869. The round-trip ride takes approximately three hours, and it is recommended to buy tickets in advance. You will find a viewing deck with panoramic views at the summit, Tip Top House, Sherman Adams Visitors Center, and a summit sign.
Option #3: Hiking
Hiking Mount Washington is not an easy task and should only be attempted by experienced and seasoned hikers. Two main trails lead to the summit: Jewell Trail and the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail. The Jewell Trail is the easier option of the two, gaining roughly 4,000 feet of elevation over 9.3 miles of hiking. Before hitting the trail, be sure to do your research, check the higher summits forecast, pack accordingly, make a set plan, practice leave no trace, and educate yourself on how to stay safe.