Ascent of Mount Washington on 2011-07-06

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Date:Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Washington
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:6288 ft / 1916 m

Ascent Trip Report

We left the Lakes of the Clouds hut to go bag Mount Washington after hiking Mount Monroe.

We passed the Lakes of the Clouds, which were essentially alpine ponds. After that, the trail keeps a moderate grade, with some steep grades. The views were still good. A few trails end/begin at the Crawford Path.

Aside from the views and the sight of Mt. Washington and its towers, the trip to the summit was kind of plain. The wind was picking up, and as we got to 0.3 miles to go, the clouds completely blocked all views. Then, we got to the top.

The top of Mt. Washington is filled with buildings, towers, cars and their drivers, and Cog Railway passengers. I wanted to get a picture next to the summit sign, but there was a line of people wanting to take pictures next to it. Most of them took the lazy way here (Cog Railway, Auto Road), although there were a few hikers.

We went into the Sherman Adams summit building to rest and get something to eat. Both my dad and I got pizza, except that I got 2 slices and a Gatorade; he got 1 slice and a coffee. It tasted so good after that long hike, and the Gatorade was even better. After that, I went to the gift shop to get a t-shirt. I picked one that said, "This Body Climbed Mount Washington - Elevation 6,288 ft." I was a dollar short, and almost couldn't buy it, but luckily, I had 4 quarters in my wallet. My dad and I sent postcards.

After that, we went outside to try the summit sign again. It was still crowded. After about five to ten minutes, we gave up and began the hike down. I wanted to take the Jewell Trail down, and that's what we decided to do. I saw a USGS marker, and that was close enough.

To get to the Jewell Trail, we had to take the Gulfside Trail. We went over the railway track, and a few minutes later, a train went down. I got a video of it, and people on the train were taking pictures of us! They've probably never seen people hiking the mountain.

We passed under Mt. Clay and got to the Jewell Trail. It is kind of steep above treeline, but as the trees got bigger, the trail got less steep.

At about 1.5 to 2 miles to go, I heard thunder. It wasn't long before a full-scale thunderstorm occured. It stopped for a little while, but happened again. We were so happy when we got to the Ammonoosuc Ravine parking lot. It was pouring when we got in my truck. I called my mom to let her know we finished the hike safely, and we left to find a campground.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1238 ft / 377 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.4 mi / 10.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Partly cloudy, warm, windy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1238 ft / 377 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.2 km
    Route:Crawford Path
    Start Trailhead:5050 ft / 1539 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Route:Jewell Trail
    End Trailhead:Base Station Rd.  
Ascent Part of Trip: Mount Monroe/Washington

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Monroe2011-07-062900 ft / 884 m
2Mount Washington2011-07-061238 ft / 377 m
3White Mountain National Forest High Point2011-07-06 
4Great Gulf Wilderness High Point2011-07-06 
Total Trip Gain: 4138 ft / 1261 m

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