This winter hike up Mount Washington was almost cancelled because of the forecast, but we lucked out with a nice window of weather on the morning of President’s Day. The trails were perfectly packed and there was very little ice, but I was still very glad for my new crampons and ice ax while going up and down the Lion’s Head winter route. The weather on the summit was very mild and my group of four shared it with a group of skiers that came up the cog railway.
Parked at Pinkham Notch Visitor Center of Route 16, Jackson, NH
Hiked up Tuckerman Ravine Trail to intersection with Fire Road
Turned right on Fire Road to intersection with Lion’s Head Trail (Winter Route)
Turned left on Lion’s Head Trail (Winter Route) to intersection with Tuckerman Ravine Trail
Turned right on Tuckerman Ravine Trail to summit of Mount Washington
Same route back to parking lot
Date: 15 February 2021 Distance: 7.9 miles Moving Time: 03:27:03 Pace: 26:14/mile Elevation Gain: 4606′
My friend John completed his New Hampshire 4000 Footer list with Mount Carrigain. Our friend Michael and I joined him, his two daughters and his dog for the hike. John, Michael and I started hiking together seven years ago with their first 4000 Footer, Wildcat D. John and Michael joined me for the completion of my 4000 Footer list in 2017, and John and I joined Michael for his in 2018, so it was only fitting that we were there for John as well.
Parked at Signal Ridge Trail parking on Sawyer River Road
Hiked Signal Ridge Trail to the summit of Mount Carrigain
Continued down Desolation Trail to Carrigain Notch Trail
Turned right on Carrigain Notch Trail looping back to Signal Ridge Trail
Stayed straight on Carrigain Notch Trail at intersection with Nancy Pond Trail
Turned left on Signal Ridge Trail and followed back to parking
Date: 28 August 2020 Distance: 13.5 miles Moving Time: 05:06 Pace: 22:44/mile Elevation Gain: 3737′
When I did my Sandwich Range traverse I stuck to the central part of the range where all the 4000 footers were. I knew that I would return to the Sandwich Range eventually to hike Sandwich Dome. I had seen it from the ledges of Welch and Dickey and thought that it looked interesting, as well as a sharp rocky knob standing near the mountain. On top of that, Sandwich Dome was a New England Hundred Highest, falling just 40 feet short of making the 4000 Footer lists.
So on a Sunday morning in June I left my house at 4:00 am to get to trail head around sunrise to be done before some forecasted rain descended upon the mountains. On the way I stopped beside a swamp to take a photo of sunrise.