Mount Washington (via Pinkham Notch)

mount washington via pinkham notch summit views

Mount Washington (via Pinkham Notch)

Mount Washington is home to a rich network of hiking trails and options for day hiking and backpacking adventures. Most notable trails include Tuckerman Ravine Trail, Lion Head Trail, and Boott Spur Trail. There are also options for shorter hikes and lower elevation opportunities to explore nature from the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, like Crystal Cascades and Hermit Lake. Please take your time to research trails, current weather conditions and recommendations on the links provided below and more. Hike safe, hike prepared.

The Indigenous NH Collaborative Collective notes that long before it was named Mount Washington, the largest mountain in New Hampshire was known by various names, including K8daakwaj or Kawdahkwaj, and G8dagwjo or K8daakwaj (Algonquian Native American name, or Hidden Mountain Always in the Clouds). It could also have been known as Agiocochook (Home of the Great Spirit or Mother Goddess of the Storm), or Waumbik (White Rocks), and resides in what is called the "Presidential Range." The first European ascent of the mountain was in 1642, which effectively opened the way to further colonialist expansion in the area, resulting in various large-scale, environmentally destructive development projects including the Mount Washington Auto Road and the Mount Washington Observatory.

** The Mount Washington area is known for extreme and often dangerous weather. Fatalities are a reality here, so please plan ahead, prepare properly, and always check the weather forecast before your hike.**

Location & Parking

361 NH-16, Gorham, NH 03581
Parking Details
There are multiple trailheads to hike Mt. Washington, or, for a fee, you can drive up the Mount Washington Auto Road and park at the summit. Visit the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center for more information on all of the possibilities to explore trails around Mt. Washington.

Managing Organization

Managing Organization
Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), U.S. Forest Service - White Mountain National Forest


Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall
Pet Friendly
Vault Toilet, seasonal