Summary: Trail has a very consistent steady rise and is nice and wide. This is a highly traveled trail year round. Thousands of skiers descend on the ravine each spring to catch the last of the snow and to party.
Mount Washington can be a dangerous place simply because the weather can change in a minute and the heights are so accessible. Over 125 people have died on Mount Washington because they have not been properly prepared or not properly cautious. There is a list at the cabin describing each name, date and cause of death.
Some people hike up with their sleds and slide down the ski trail.
The trail follows a brook and water is available if you have a filter. There is a lovely waterfall near the start of the trail. There is a cabin and outhouse at the top. They are not heated.
Trailhead: From the North:
Take route 16 south from Gorham NH into Pinkham notch. Watch for the Tuckermans Ravine trailhead on your right.
From the South:
Take route 16 north from Glen NH into Pinkham notch. Watch for the Tuckermans Ravine trailhead on your left.
The trailhead is very well marked. The parking lot is massive but it can still be difficult to find a parking spot when skiers are present. A small donation is requested. (Lat:44.15 Lon:-71.15)
Trail Guides for Tuckermans Ravine Mount Washington:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, Gorham, NH 03581, (603) 466-2721
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jon Willard, who has posted 54 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
Trail Reviews Submit your own review
Reviewed by Viewer on 4/5/2011
This a very wondeful adventure. Either in Winter or Fall, this trek will prove to be all that you have heard about it and then some. I have been going to TR since I was ten yrs. old, I am 61 now and still go hiking up there. I have skied all of the trails with the exception of Dodges Drop, over by Hillman's. One must know their own limits. The colors in Fall are so spectacular. Picture postcard at every turn of the hike up and or down. Camping is strickly requlated, as it should be, I call it rustic, others would call it backcountry. Please be sure to follow all the tips about this trek, and always check out weather and conditions at the Ranger stations at Pinkham Notch and at Hojo's. HAVE FUN!!!
Reviewed by Butch on 3/3/2011
Oh yeah, it's not your walk in the town park type of walk. This is real time, no foolin' type hiking. And I do mean no foolin'. "George" can and will throw all kinds of curve balls at you. Conditions can change in seconds. It is really too grand to even describe what you get from the Ravine. Or even up to the Rock Pile if you happen to be that energetic.(IT takes a lot of energy). I've have been coming here since I was 10, I am now 60. And haven't lost any of the wonder each time I hike up in there. For me this is Shangrila. No matter what time of the year. Year after year, there are changes. Sometime subtle sometimes not so subtle. But whatever happens, usually dramatic from the year previous.
Reviewed by CWG on 6/1/2010
What can anyone, who has been here, say? Not simple walk, but more of concentrated walk, requiring due diligence and frequent stops, (at least for me). Can not match the views anywhere else in the Northeast. Bring enough water, it is your friend.
Reviewed by Mike&Janet on 11/3/2008
Great Hike..... Great Day......Great Company... Haven't done it in many years and forgot how consistantly straight up it went. had to really concentrate on your footing. and first time with ice and snow... A wonderful memory.
Reviewed by bass on 6/10/2007
It was great hike.
Reviewed by Scot C on 1/5/2006
my favorite climb ever. it is a challenging hike but you are rewarded with great veiws.
Reviewed by Dan on 9/28/2005
Great winter hike/ski, Tough climb!!!! especially with a 40lb(ISH) pack.
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