Ascent of Mount Washington on 2013-07-26

Climber: John Hasch

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, July 26, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Washington
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:6288 ft / 1916 m

Ascent Trip Report

Mount Washington
6,288 ft.

Friday, 7/26/2013

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After my feast and Cadillac Mountain, I then drove to Gorham, NH. I found a local Wal-Mart campground (parking lot) where I rested overnight. The next morning I was second in line to drive up the Mt. Washington Auto Road. I drove to the top in a fog that limited visibility. Not surprisingly, there was no visibility at the top - it was all fogged in. But I was in the area and decided to make the best of it by taking out another New England State HP.

I grabbed my camera and trekked up the wooden staircase that was the trail to the summit area. Although I could not see for any distance, I was able to make out each building and sign at the top that marked the landscape as I had previously seen it in pictures. I walked past the Cog Railroad depot building, found the Tip Top House, and identified the summit rock pile on its flanks. A conspicuous sign marked the summit, and I climbed the rock pile to find the summit benchmark. I wandered around and was also able to find the 3 reference benchmarks.

I went inside the state park building and visited the gift shop. Shortly after purchasing a couple items, I was back outside and on my way back to my car. The drive down the mountain was no clearer than the ascent; fog muzzled the view at every turn.

At the bottom of the mountain, there is another gift shop, this one operated as part of the Auto Road complex. I went inside and made a couple of purchases there. All of the ”presidents” were fogged in, and none of the peaks – Washington, Jefferson, Adams, or Madison, had clear views of the summits.

The fog had blocked any clear views that day. But fog is a common thing, so my experience was not an uncommon outcome. But it still counts as another state highpoint to mark off the list, my 24th state summit in addition to Washington DC. And this peak on this day gave me a new personal best for most prominent peak ever summited. Mount Washington is the most prominent peak east of the Mississippi River. Though North Carolina’s Mount Mitchell is higher in elevation, Washington has the prominence advantage.
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