The Ultimate Guide To Mount Washington
Mount Washington, also known as Agiocochook, is the highest peak in the Northeastern US. The summit, at an altitude of 6, 288 feet, is the highest peak in the White Mountains, White Mountains are a mountain range covering about a quarter of the state of New Hampshire and a small portion of western Maine in the US and is part of the northern Appalachian Mountains. The summit of Mount Washington, on a clear day, offers some spectacular views of New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Maine, Quebec, and the Atlantic Ocean.
Ways To Explore Mount Washington
Besides hiking to the summit, there are two other fun ways of reaching the peak: (1) Mount Washington Cog Railway and (2) The Mount Washington Auto Road. Both leading to the top, summit of Mount Washington, but each experience is unique. If time permits, I would recommend trying both the options.
Mount Washington Cog Railway
The Mount Washington Cog Railway, also known as the Cog, is the first mountain-climbing cog railway in the world, also the second steepest cog railway in the world with an average grade of 25 percent. Riding the Cog to the summit of Mount Washington is by far the most popular way to get to the top while enjoying some breathtaking mountain views. The round-trip takes approximately 3 hours, with a one-hour layover at the summit. The summit features a viewing deck offering some spectacular panoramic views, Tip Top House: an original summit hotel dating back to 1853, a Summit Marker, a cafeteria, and two gift shops. I highly recommend carrying warm clothes, it gets quite cold at the summit and reserving the cog railway tickets in advance.
Address: 3168 Base Station Road, Mount Washington, NH 03589, Entrance Fee: 42.00 – $62.00
Mount Washington Auto Road
It’s a spectacular, eight-mile-long, steep, scenic road that leads to the top of Mount Washington. The road is open May through October; you can either drive yourself or take a guided tour. Whichever option you select, it’s a one-of-a-kind experience, changing weather, panoramic views, and the opportunity to pass through four distinct climate zones, high winds and dramatic cloud formations.
Address: 1 Mount Washington Auto Road, Gorham, New Hampshire 03581, Entrance Fee: Several options, find details here
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