Hiking Mount Washington

September 8, 2013

Kid Tracks: A summit trip uncovers plenty

By Wendy Almeida walmeida@mainetoday.com
Assistant News Editor/Features

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The Crawford Path is much more rocky and requires hikers to rely on cairns, rather than trail blazes, to follow the trail to the summit of Mount Washington.

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Traveling on the Gulfside Trail requires crossing the Cog Railway tracks. This trail offers some of the best views of the west side of the mountain.

Photo by Shannon Bryan

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11. You can't enter the Tip Top House, a historic hotel at the summit, if you are wearing a backpack. Yes, give yourself a moment to ponder this before you come to the realization this summit is a unique experience for hikers.

12. Your cellphone will have an all-bars connection at the summit. You'll be so surprised, you are likely to make the mistake of checking your work email and getting distracted for a few minutes before getting back into your this-is-a-day-off-and-I'm-hiking mode.

13. Taking the Gulfside Trail (part of the Appalachian Trail) down the mountain offers some of the best views of the west side of the mountain. It's a much more enjoyable mountain viewing experience for hikers than the summit.

14. You have to walk over the cog railway tracks when taking the Gulfside Trail. This will temp you to want to simply walk down the tracks instead of the rocky, almost 4-mile trail back to the trailhead. But note: this is not a legal option.

15. When a couple friends tell you that the Jewel Trail feels "really long," believe them. That said, it was definitely an easier way to descend than returning via the Ammonosuc Ravine Trail, a rocky trail with tricky footing that is often wet and slippery. It is more challenging to climb down that trail it is to climb up.

16. When hiking friends tell you it's possible to hike Mount Washington in a single day and enjoy it -- quirks and all -- take it to the bank. They're absolutely right.


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There are a lot of waterfalls – both big and small - to see on the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail.

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