Mount Washington, New Hampshire

Prominence: 6148 ft, 1874 m

Elevation: 6288 feet, 1917 meters

True Isolation: 819.56 mi, 1318.95 km
Elevation Info:NAVD88 Elevation: 6288 ft / 1917 m
Alternate Name(s)Agiochook
SubpeaksWhite Mountain National Forest High Point (6142 ft/1872 m)
Ball Crag (6106 ft/1861 m)
Nelson Crag (5635 ft/1718 m)
Boott Spur (5492 ft/1674 m)
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)44° 16' 14'' N; 71° 18' 12'' W
44.270464, -71.303444 (Dec Deg)
316163E 4904494N Zone 19 (UTM)
CountryUnited States
State/ProvinceNew Hampshire (Highest Point)
County/Second Level RegionCoös (Highest Point)
City/TownSargents Purchase (Highest Point)

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     Mount Washington at Trip Report for Coos, NH by Dan Case Trip Report for Coos, NH by Kevin Baker Trip Report for Coos, NH by Thomas Harper Trip Report for Coos, NH by Adam Helman

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Lists that contain Mount Washington:
     USA Lower 48 Range5 High Points (Rank #412)
     USA Lower 48 Top 400 Peaks by Prominence (Rank #24)
     New Hampshire 3500-foot Peaks (Rank #1)
     Eastern USA Peaks with 2500 feet of Prominence (Rank #1)
     USA/Canada Range4 High Points (Rank #136)
     New England 3700-foot Peaks (Rank #1)
     Northeast USA Drainage Basin High Points (Rank #1)
     New England 4000-foot Peaks (Rank #1)
     USA Lower 48 Peaks with 4000 feet of Prominence (Rank #24)
     Northeast USA 4000-foot Peaks (Rank #1)
     New Hampshire County High Points (Rank #1)
     Northeast USA Triple Divide Points (Rank #1)
     U.S. State Park High Points (Rank #3)
     USA Lower 48 Peaks with 100 miles of Isolation (Rank #3)
     Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" Peaks (Rank #3)
     USA Lower 48 Drainage Basin High Points (Rank #22)
     New Hampshire 4000-foot Peaks (Rank #1)
     Northeast USA Peaks with 2000 feet of Prominence (Rank #1)
     Northeastern USA CoHPs (Rank #1)
     Northeast "115" 4000-footers (Rank #1)
     New Hampshire County Prominence Peaks (Rank #1)
     AMC New England Hundred Highest (Rank #1)
     AMC New Hampshire 4000-footers (Rank #1)
     AMC New England 4000-footers (Rank #1)
     YMCA Alpine Club List (NH) (Rank #1)
     Northeast U.S. Peaks with 25 Miles of Isolation (Rank #1)
     Trailwright New Hampshire 4000 footers (Rank #1)
     New England CoHPs (Rank #1)
     New England Peaks with 25 Miles of Isolation (Rank #1)
     Most Ascended Peaks (Rank #1)
     Peaks with Most Individual Summiters (Rank #1)
     1500-meter Prominence Peak with Ascents (Rank #1)
     New England Top 50 by Prominence (Rank #1)
(Peak is on over 20 lists; Not all shown here.)

Selected Guidebook(s) for this Peak:
       AMC White Mountain Guide, 28th Edition (Smith, Daniell)
       Fifty State Summits, Guide with Maps to State Highpoints (Zumwalt)
       Highpoints of the United States: A Guide to the Fifty State Summits (Holmes)

Selected Trip Reports from this site:
     1992-04-25 by Greg Slayden
     2005-08 by Michael Wanberg
     2008-06-21 by Jim Johnson
     2009-06-20 by Jim Johnson
     2009-07-30 by Kevin Tilton
     2009-09-17 by Michael Petcher
     2009-11-21 by Tony Rachupka (Unsuccessful)
     2010-06-06 by Tony Rachupka
     2010-06-19 by Jim Johnson
     2010-06-28 by Marlin Thorman (GPS Track)
     2010-07-24 by Matthew Nelson
     2010-09-11 by Sean Ryan (GPS Track)
     2011-06-18 by Jim Johnson
     2011-07-06 by Spencer Corcoran
     2011-07-23 by Alan Barber
     2012-03-10 by Matt DiFrancesco (GPS Track)
     2012-07-21 by David Cormier (GPS Track)
     2012-07-21 by David Cormier (GPS Track)
     2012-08-14 by David Fitch (GPS Track)
     2012-09-20 by Chris Stempek (GPS Track)
     2012-10-26 by Matthew Gray
     2013-05-27 by Matthew Nelson
     2013-08-11 by Kaerstin Quinlan
     2014-06-21 by Matthew Nelson
     2014-06-21 by Gary Theriault (GPS Track)
     2014-07-12 by Samuel Hahn
     2014-07-19 by John Harrington (GPS Track)
     2014-08-08 by Spencer Corcoran

View ascents of peak by registered members (1821 total)

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Mount Washington is the highest peak in the northeastern quadrant of mainland North America--only on islands like Greenland do peaks rise higher than New Hampshire's high point north of Tennessee and east of the high plains. Still, it's elevation of 6288'/1917m is low by many mountain standards, especailly that of the American west, where the cities of Jackson, WY, Colorado Springs, CO and Santa Fe, NM are all above 6000 feet. Having a passenger auto road and a cog railway to the summit doesn't help Mount Washington win any respect from serious mountaineers or wilderness enthusiasts, either. At least five or six major hiking paths allow anyone in reasonable shape to hike to the summit, which in summer is a zoo of tourists and offers facilities like a cafeteria and a summit museum.

What makes Mount Washington far more formidable than its low height and plentiful amenities would indicate is its brutal weather. It can get awfully cold (down to -40 F in January, with a average high of 52 F in summer), awfully windy (over 200 mph; over 100 mph in every month), awfully foggy (socked-in over 200 days a year), and awfully wet (up to 200" of snow a winter, with a chance for some every month). Almost every year people die on the mountain: ice climbers falling during a blizzard; skiers getting caught in an avalanche; summer day hikers without warm clothes contracting hypothermia; and tourists wandering up trails with no idea of how quickly the weather can turn deadly. The total number of fatalities on Mount Washington and the adjacent Presidential Range peaks is over 110 since 1849, putting the peak in the top three deadliest mountains in the U.S. (along with Mount McKinley and Mount Rainier).

The sign and benchmark at the very summit of Mount Washington, behind the massive visitor's center (1982-07-27).
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ProminenceKey Col Page  (Detailed prominence information)
  Clean Prominence: 6148 ft/1874 m
  Optimistic Prominence: 6168 ft/1880 m
  Line Parent: Potato Knob
  Key Col: Champlain Canal    140 ft/43 m
Isolation819.56 mi/1318.95 km
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Celo Knob  (SW)
Isolation Limit Point: 35° 51' 9'' N; 82° 14' 55'' W
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RangesContinent: North America
Range2: Appalachian Mountains
Range3: Northern U.S. Appalachians (Highest Point)
Range4: White Mountains (Highest Point)
Range5: Presidential Range (Highest Point)
Range6: Mount Washington Massif (Highest Point)
Ridges/DividesWhite Mountain Crest (Highest Point)
Drainage BasinsMajor Triple Divide Point
Androscoggin (HP)
Gulf of Maine (HP)
Atlantic Ocean

Saco (HP)
Gulf of Maine (HP)
Atlantic Ocean
Ammonoosuc (HP)
Connecticut (HP)
Long Island Sound (HP)
Atlantic Ocean
OwnershipLand: Mount Washington State Park (Highest Point)
Topo MapMount Washington O44071c3 1:25,000
First AscentJune, 1642
Darby Field
Route #1 Dirt Road: Mount Washington Toll Road
Route #2 Railroad: Mount Washington Cog Railway
Route #3 Maintained Hiking Trail: Tuckerman Ravine Trail
Trailhead: Pinkham Notch (Paved Road) 2032 ft/619 m
Vertical Gain: 4256 ft/1298 m
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A windy cloudy day on Washington! (2013-08-03). Photo by Alan Beck.
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Great day for a summit (2014-06-28). Photo by Brian Talon.
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View of the Presidentials from Mt Isolation summit (2008-10-18). Photo by Rian Laub.
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The Presidential range from the Pliny Range (2009-04-19). Photo by Rian Laub.
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in honor of 58 years of climbing in the mountains and some times to a summit... we made the top in good form and excellent time. (2014-07-23). Photo by Chip Carpenter.
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Summit of Mount Washington (2012-06-20). Photo by Matthew Lyons.
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The clouds were rolling into the ravine! (2014-08-12). Photo by Robert Larkin.
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At the Summit of Mt. Washington on my second Ascent (2005-07-08). Photo by Brian Molloy.
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