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Tuckerman Ravine

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 4.8 (29)

A steep trail linking the Pinkham Visitor center to the summit of Mt. Washington.


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3.8

Miles

6.2

KM

Point to Point

6,171' 1,881 m

High

2,092' 638 m

Low

4,079' 1,243 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

20%

Avg Grade (11°)

65%

Max Grade (33°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

This trail leaves Pinkham Notch Visitor Center and climbs steadily to Hermit Lake Shelters (2.4 miles, 1800 feet elevation gain) and is used to access Lion Head Trail, Boott Spur, and Huntington Ravine.

From Hermit Lake you begin to climb more steeply to the floor of the ravine, then very steeply through the top of the ravine. From the junction with the Alpine Garden Trail, the trail climbs the rocky summit cone another 1000 vertical feet to the top.

Each winter, the Tuckerman Ravine Trail is covered by snow and ice and has highly exposed steep cliffs and slopes below it. From late fall through late spring or even early summer, think of it more as a mountaineering ascent than a regular trail. The consequences of a fall or being involved in an avalanche during these months can be dire.

Without appropriate equipment (e.g. ice axe, crampons, and avalanche equipment), climbing this trail in winter should not be attempted. Due to the widespread presence of objective hazards such as icy waterfalls, falling ice, and steep snow, each spring the section of the trail from Lunch Rocks to the Alpine Garden Trail is closed.

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Shared By:

Brian Smith with improvements by David Abrams

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  4.8 from 29 votes

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Photos

Tuckerman Ravine from Hermit Lake Shelters.
Oct 9, 2016 near Pinkham…, NH
Looking back from the summit.
Jul 1, 2015 near Pinkham…, NH
Climbing down from the summit towards Tuckerman Ravine
Jun 6, 2018 near Pinkham…, NH
The Cog Railway from the summit.
May 26, 2016 near Pinkham…, NH
Boulders on the Ellis River.
Jul 1, 2015 near Pinkham…, NH
Mt. Washington.
Sep 18, 2017 near Pinkham…, NH

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Jan 4, 2021
David H
Oct 29, 2020
Chase Bowman
8mi
Sep 7, 2020
Linda O
0.5mi
Aug 30, 2020
AJ Thammana
Jul 28, 2020
Alex Albert
Very tough for my age but doable. Beautiful weather and views.....but PACKED....more than Seek the Peak. Must have been the weather. great day 4.7mi — 4h 15m
Oct 12, 2019
Ray Derito
Sep 1, 2019
Hwa San
A lot of scrambling and a lot of fun. Took Lions Head down
Aug 26, 2019
Lynette Cornell
Perfect weather! 7.6mi — 6h 00m