Mount Washington/Tuckerman Ravine Links
General Hiking Safety & Preparedness
The following links are to a site that has great basic safety and preparedness info as it relates to hiking and camping in the mountains.The links below provide quick access to a few specific pages, but the entire site should be explored.
Mount Washington/Tuckerman Ravine Skiing General Info
The following links provide basic info when planning a ski trip to ski Mt. Washington.
- Getting to Tuckerman Ravine
- Crude Road Map (with some clickable features)
- Park at the Pinkham Notch Visitor's Center. Hike the Tuckerman Ravine Trail to the Hermit Lake Shelters (2.4 miles, 1800' elevation gain). From there, talk to a ranger and/or read daily reports to plan your ascent/descent.
- Ski Routes Indicated on photos
- Topo Map and Trail Descriptions (with hiking and skiing trails marked - click on the trails for photos/info)
- Plan on making your last descent by 2:30 PM as the ravine loses direct sunlight as the soft snow turns harder/icy.
- Besides, Tuckerman Ravine, the Gulf of Slises (GOS) has some great skiing. It is a bit more remote, and therefore further from help. Extra caution is advised.
- There are still other backcounty skiing opportunities on Mt. Washington, but they are significantly more remote than those already discussed.
- Getting back to the car
Conditions permitting, you may be able to ski all the way back to the car (at the PNVC) on the Sherburne Ski Trail
with open streams being a big determining factor (check trail conditions link under "latest conditions" below). The Sherburne more-or-less parallels the lower part of the Tuckerman Ravine Trail. If conditions do not allow skiing the Sherburne, walking must be done on the Tuckerman Ravine foot trail back to Pinkham Notch Visitor's Center the way you came in - no walking is allowed on the Sherburne.
- No Camping Allowed on eastern slopes except at the Hermit Lake Shelters
- Camping at the Hermit Lake Shelters (permits required, available at Pinkham Notch visitor center 6:30am, first come - first served, $15pp). More info on the Hermit Lake Shelters.
- Bunks/Rooms at the Joe Dodge Lodge (at the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, $50+pp w/breakfast, reservations available)
- Loft space at the Harvard Cabin (at the southern end of Pinkham Notch reservations required, may be closed, and do not confuse with the Harvard Mountaineering Cabin (Spur Cabin ?) at the base of )
Latest Conditions at Mt. Washington
The following links provide up-to-the minute avalance/weather/climbing/skiing information. Check and re-check these links while planning any trip, and immediately before leaving.