Ames Brook RV Park
The highest peak in the Northeastern United States is Mount Washington at 6,288 feet in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It is known for its erratic weather and crazy wind speeds. To this day it holds the world record for the fastest wind gust at 231 mph.
The trail Steve, Curt, Glenda and I would be hiking is 8 1/2 miles up and back down with a gain of nearly 3500 ft. This is a strenuous rated hike and you have strong winds and cold weather to deal with. It would've been one of our most difficult hikes, BUT, once again I didn't get all my facts in order. Once again, NO dually trucks are allowed up the mountain. We considered renting a car to take up, but I found out that there was a van tour that would take you up and back. Besides, the weather was about 40 degrees at the top with wind gusts around 40mph that day.
We had some time to kill so we visited the Red Barn Museum on the premises. It holds the Auto Road's history. We had a very nice gentleman give us a tour.
One of the earlier means of transportation 7.6 miles up to the top.
There was once a fleet of 8 1918 Pierce Arrow Touring Cars. This is the only one left.
1938 Ford Station Wagon (The Woodie) was another popular tour vehicle.
The Corbin Electric Motorcycle
In 1974 this motorcycle was used to set the first ascent record up the Mt. Washington Auto Road of an electric vehicle.
Our van tour was beginning so off we went. You can drive yourself for $19 for the driver and $9 for each additional adult passenger, or take the tour for $36 each adult ($31 senior rate). The Auto Road first opened in 1861. As we began to drive up we passed the trail where the Appalachian crosses the road and climbs to the top. This has to be one of the toughest parts of the trail besides the summit in Maine.
Appalachian Trail crossing.
Nothing but beautiful views as you climb above the tree line. We were very lucky to have a break in the cloudy weather and get some nice sunshine. Much of the time it is raining or foggy at the top and you can't see the fantastic views as you climb.
While most of the grade averages about 12%, there are some spots that are really, really steep. And there is no guardrail on the other side of that white line! Just a sheer drop off!
I think this is about the spot where Glenda started hyperventilating.
Besides driving, you can take the Cog Railway. This is the rail car in the above picture. We were surprised just how steep and straight up this rail car goes.
A cog railway has special traction to ascend very steep mountains.
The cog railcars.
Layers, gloves and head scarves come in very handy!
The very top of Mt. Washington, New Hampshire!
This was once a nice little hotel.
Made of rock on the outside.
Cozy inside. Bunks (right picture).
How windy IS it? VERY! Hard to even stand up on this side of the summit.
Another nice hairdo for me.
Curt's hat flew off just after this picture. Luckily a guy chased it down as it flew past him and Curt got it back. You can see part of the Weather Station and Observatory in the background.
Besides the cache at the summit there was a memorial cache down the side of the mountain just a bit.
You were encouraged to bring a rock to leave with an inspirational meaning.
Some of the many colorful rocks.
Holy cow is it windy and COLD up here! After an hour it was time to go back down and warm up.
Cover your eyes, Glenda!
We took a nice drive through some little towns and came across this covered bridge called The Honeymoon Bridge. It was built around 1876. It is one of twenty examples of the Paddleford truss design.
After a nice Mexican dinner we called it a day!
Vermont, here we come.