Climb the highest peak in the northeast
WHAT WE LOVE
- Perfect for fit hikers looking for a challenge
- Wide open ridge hiking
- Summit the highest peak in the region
- Experience extreme weather
At 6,288 feet, Mount Washington is the tallest mountain in the Northeastern United States and the most prominent mountain east of the Mississippi River. The peak is known for its erratic and extreme weather - holding the record for the highest wind speed ever observed by a human (231 mph). While thousands of visitors attmept to summit Mount Washinton yearly, its extreme conditions, demanding trails, and unpredictable nature make it a great challenge for hikers and a true accomplishment for those who can make it. Our long weekend will include a hike to the peak via the Tuckerman Ravine trail - the most scenic and direct route to the top.
Your weekend begins bright and early on Saturday, when you'll meet your DO guide for the drive up to the White Mountains with a brief stop to pick up some lunch. Your scenic drive will end at your campground and you'll be able to stop and settle in before heading out on a short, but rewarding hike nearby. Your hike will take you to a beautiful waterfall and give you stunning views of the area. After dinner and time to relax, you'll settle into bed, ready for an early morning.
On Sunday, you'll make your summit attempt. Today's trail is a favorite of hikers - for good reason. You'll immediately begin your uphill ascent and while you'll be covering about four miles to the summit, you'll experience a drastic change in elevation with steep and challenging climbs. Your hard work will pay off, though, as you get towards treeline and take in the views of the ravine and nearby peaks. Continuing up along the exposed trail, you'll begin to experience the elements, but, with the summit in view, you'll be ready to take them on to reach your goal. At the top, you can enjoy a delicious lunch and the amazing mountain views around you before beginning your descent. Tonight's meal will be especially tasty and satisfying as the group recaps the day around the fire.
On Monday, you'll enjoy a relaxing morning breakfast before packing up camp and heading back to NYC with a major summit checked off the list!
Perfect for: Hikers with experience looking for a challenge, fit individuals
Photos by Michael Domanic
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
Your Discover Outdoors guide will meet you on the Upper West Side at the southeast corner of West 76th St and Broadway at 6:45 AM. We will depart promptly at 7:00 AM and arrive at the campground in the afternoon. Subways 1, 2, 3 to 72nd Street.
Afternoon hike (approx 3-4 miles).
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3
Attempt Mount Washington Summit
Spend night at campground
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
Return to New York City by 7:00 PM.
This trip is rated a 7 out of 10 (difficult) and is for fit individuals and experienced hikers only
Total Trail Miles: 12 (Day one: 4, Day two: 8)
Total Elevation Change: 10,000 Feet
Drive to New Hampshire, Afternoon Hike
After meeting your guide, you'll depart NYC and head up to New Hampshire. The ride is about six hours and you'll make stops for bathroom breaks and to purchase lunch. After arriving at camp, you'll be able to change into your hiking clothes and set out for a brief afternoon hike (approximately 3-4 miles). Dinner will be cooked at camp and you'll settle into bed early.
Summit Mount Washington
After an early breakfast, you'll pack up and head to the trailhead which is a 30 minute drive away. The hike to the top of Washington is approximately four miles of challenging terrain. Today's hike will likely take about eight to nine hours in total. After returning to camp, you'll enjoy a hearty meal before spending some time unwinding by the campfire.
Return to NYC
This morning, you'll be able to sleep in a bit and enjoy a leisurely breakfast. After packing up camp, you'll begin your trip back to NYC. The group will make a stop for lunch on the way home and you should expect to be back in NYC by 8:00 PM.
TO WEAR (HIKING)
- Comfortable, athletic clothing
- Waterproof hiking boots with wool socks
- Layers are recommended to account for changing conditions
- Fleece or heavy mid-layer
- Waterproof, windproof shell jacket
PACK LIST (REQUIRED)
- Tent (can be rented for additional fee)
- Sleeping bag, rated 20 degrees or lower (can be rented for additional fee)
- Sleeping pad (can be rented for additional fee)
- Headlamp or flashlight
- Day pack
- Basic first aid kit (band-aids, moleskin, etc)
- Camp mess kit (bowl, mug, and utensil)
- Gloves and hat
- Warm clothes for evenings at camp
- Comfortable camp shoes
- Camelbak bladder or water bottles (3 L capacity)
- Money for meals on the road Saturday and Monday
PACK LIST (RECOMMENDED)
- Trekking poles
- Bug Spray
- Additional snacks
You'll be spending both nights at a group campground with access to the van. Your DO guides will help you with tent set up and will be cooking all meals at the camp site. The campground has a full service bathouse with showers, general store, and potable water. Tents, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads can be rented for an additional fee.