MtMonroe and MtWashington
2012 Sep 9
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I took a one-day hike to Mt Washington, up via the Ammonoosuk Ravine Trail and down via Gulfside and Jewell Trails. I did Mt Monroe on the way up. Since Kris Cyr and I did this same route last Dec (except getting lost in the clouds between Lakes of the Clouds and the Mt Wash summit), I added some comparison shots from Dec 2011. Dec's hike took 8.5 hours; this one was faster, just under 7 hours. The map shows the hike in the reverse direction, without Mt Monroe, and from the parking lot---not where I started using the spur trails to Marshfield Station parking lot.

I started up form the Marshfield Station parking lot with three others: a dad, his son, and a friend. They got ahead an hour later when we hit the steep parts. I cannot go as well up the steep parts, presumably (my hypothesis) because of the lack of carbs. By the time I got to the Lakes of the Clouds hut they were nearing the Mt Monroe peak. They were heading for Crawford Notch. I saw them when I got to Mt Monroe (see pics). I was with another solo hiker then, and he snapped my picture.

Back at Lakes of the Clouds, I had a ramen meal and a couple pancakes bought from the hut crew, and then headed up to Mt Washington, which I reached at 11:48 (3:48 elapsed time). I saw another solo hiker who had been on the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail as well. We met another couple times on the way down, a jolly guy.

After some time on the summit---with the crowds---I started down the Gulfside Trail, past the cog railway and over yukky boulders to the Jewell. The boulders continued for another 1.5 miles, not a fun trail---and easier in the winter.

Summary: 6:52, ~10 miles, ~4700' elevation gain

--Fred (aka tarpman)
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Gem Pool
Gem Pool
1.1 miles up the Amonoosuc Ravine Trail, at the start of the climb, compare to last Dec with Kris
Kris in profile at falls along the trail
Dec 2011: Kris in profile at Gem Pool along the trail
The Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail parallels the brook and sometimes uses it!
Lowest falls on the brook
Lowest falls on the brook
start of 600' rise along falls and cascades
Start of the cascades
Start of the cascades
Last night's storm energized the falls---beauteous!
Upper cascades, a little higher up
Upper cascades, a little higher up
Quite a difference from last Dec!
The coal engine #9 puffing uphill
The coal engine #9 puffing uphill
The early train up to the top; later trains used deisel engine
Trail skirts around, then crosses
Trail skirts around, then crosses
Train beat me to the top!
Valley clouds, ~4000' elevation, emerging from forest
Valley clouds, ~4000' elevation, emerging from forest
Looking north
Chugging away, just behind the slope
Chugging away, just behind the slope
MtEisenhower from MtMonroe
MtEisenhower from MtMonroe
Coolest part of the hike: gloves and hat + two layers
MtMonroe summit toward MtEisenhower
MtMonroe summit toward MtEisenhower
snapped by one of the other solo hikers.
MtWashington peak from MtMonroe
MtWashington peak from MtMonroe
10:45 (2.75 hrs into hike)
Lakes of the Clouds hut and MtWashington
Lakes of the Clouds hut and MtWashington
starting down MtMonroe, back to the hut for a ramen meal before MtWashington ascent
Crawford Path, moving (slowly) to the summit
Crawford Path, moving (slowly) to the summit
Lots of foot traffic, both ways. My carb loading over the last 3 meals did not make up for my lack of carbs over the last 3 months.
Nearing Mt Washington summit
Dec 2011: Nearing Mt Washington summit
After taking a few short trails that made the trek to the top the slog of the trip, we got to the summit at 1:30 and had some much-needed lunch.
One of the main buildings at the top of Mt Washington.
One of the main buildings at the top of Mt Washington.
Nearing the summit.
Lakes of the Clouds hut and MtMonroe
Lakes of the Clouds hut and MtMonroe
Compare last winter's similar view.
Toward Mts. Monroe, Eisenhower, Pierce
Dec 2011: Toward Mts. Monroe, Eisenhower, Pierce
Emerging from the trees gave us this vista south; see panorama as well