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3 Ways To Reach Mount Washington’s Summit

Hike

Though it is not for the faint of heart, a hike up to Mount Washington’s summit is an incredible experience and is a popular activity for visitors year-round. There are two main trails for hiking Mount Washington on the west side of the mountain – the Jewell Trail (easier trail, but longer in distance) and the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail (more challenging, but shorter in distance). One should not attempt to hike the mountain unless you are fully prepared and aware of what risks are at stake. You are always hiking at your own risk, so be prepared.

Drive

The Mount Washington Auto Road is roughly 8 miles one way leading to the 6,288′ summit. The auto road is narrow and windy, traversing the summit slowly but steeply. Drive up your own vehicle or take a 3-hour Guided Adventure Tour in a Mount Washington Auto road van. Click here for more info, dates, restrictions, and pricing.

Ride

The Mount Washington Cog Railway has been a main tourist attraction in the White Mountain region for decades. The trip consists of a narrated 3-hour-round trip train ride to the 6,288′ summit of Mount. Each way takes roughly one hour, giving you about an hour to explore the summit and the Sherman Adams Visitor Center, which includes a post office, snack bar, and museum. Click here for more info and to purchase tickets.