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black Tuckerman Ravine

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3.8 mile 6.2 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 4,079' 1,243 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 6,171' 1,881 m
Low: 2,092' 638 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 20% (11°)
Max Grade: 65% (33°)

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Trail shared by Brian Smith

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

Brian Smith

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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Jul 15, 2019
Juan Carlos Us lastor
Jun 30, 2019
James Ortmann
Jun 23, 2019
Joshua Mace
Mar 24, 2019
Abbi Carswell
Tux with Martin
Oct 20, 2018
Jordan Lee
Up Tuckerman Ravine and down Lions Head to camp at Hermit Lakes 4.1mi
Sep 15, 2018
Yu Wang
keep going and you can do it! 3.8mi
Aug 20, 2018
Kenna Koerner
Hiking with Krista. Start time 8:20am
Aug 11, 2018
Michael Yaria

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