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Mount Washington, New Hampshire What to Expect: Although you can drive to the summit of Mount Washington in the summer, Huntington Ravine offers a more challenging, and more rewarding, experience. Distance: 5.8 miles round-trip A myriad of paths lead to the summit of Mount Washington, New Hampshire—the Northeast’s tallest (and deadliest) peak—including a road that can be driven in the summer. Yet few summer hikers choose to tackle Huntington Ravine due to its difficult scrambling on steep, slick granite boulders covered in lichen. This single fact makes the trail dangerous in thunder storms, which can tear in quickly in the White Mountains. With so much rock scrambling, the Huntington Ravine trail can feel more like a rock climb for many hikers. In fact, the trail itself is a popular ice climb in early winter and an extreme backcountry ski descent in early spring. Still, the challenge of finding a route up a steep, rocky ravine to reach New Hampshire’s apex is an extra special merit badge when it comes to climbing Mount Washington. Thrill Factor: Mount Washington may be diminutive by Rockies standards, but its height belies its seriousness. Over a hundred people have died here, and some of the highest wind speeds ever clocked on Earth have been recorded on the summit. As a class 3 scramble, Huntington is not for neophytes. Route finding skills and a keen mountain sense are mandatory. Easier Option: Most hikers opt for the less technical Lion Head trail to the summit. This is also the best descent if—or rather, when—the weather turns.


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