• Andrea Davis

3 Ways To Reach The Summit Of Mount Washington

Option #1: Driving

The Mount Washington Auto Road takes you on a journey up to the summit of Mount Washington while offering spectacular views into the Great Gulf Wilderness and the Presidential Mountain Range along the way. You can drive the road yourself from May to October, or you can book a guided trip. Drivers will pass through four climates and enjoy incredible scenic views from various lookout points.

Option #2: Riding

The most popular way to get to the summit is via the Mount Washington Cog Railway, which has been in operation since 1869. The round-trip ride takes approximately three hours, and it is recommended to buy tickets in advance. You will find a viewing deck with panoramic views at the summit, Tip Top House, Sherman Adams Visitors Center, and a summit sign.

Option #3: Hiking

Hiking Mount Washington is not an easy task and should only be attempted by experienced and seasoned hikers. Two main trails lead to the summit: Jewell Trail and the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail. The Jewell Trail is the easier option of the two, gaining roughly 4,000 feet of elevation over 9.3 miles of hiking.

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