March 11, 2013 / Comments (10)

Monroe and Washington (Winter)

I had planned this hike a few weekends ago, but instead opted for the Hancocks as the forecast wasn’t looking too good. When the Mount Washington Observatory is taking guesses for the wind speed high on Facebook, you know it’s a good day to be below treeline!

For my patience, I was rewarded with the most spectacular day to be in the Presidentials.

 We hiked up the Ammonoosuc Ravine trail to the Lakes of the Clouds Hut. We planned on hiking up Monroe and then over to Washington, returning the same route.

Before reaching the hut we saw some people hanging out near their tent. They said it had been windy the night before. I’d like to try winter camping, but not on this exposed section!

Once we reached the hut, we took our packs off and headed up to Monroe. It was so nice to be able to hike without heavy packs on!

With the sun reflecting off the snow, I was glad to have sunscreen on. One of the members in my group said he got a little sunburn!

Once I reached Monroe I met a ton of people who I had either hiked with before on Meetup or have shared trip reports with online via my blog, facebook groups, or Hike NH. I felt pretty popular!

Mount Washington looks so close from Monroe, but as we hiked toward it we saw little ant people who looked like they weren’t moving. The completely white landscape is very deceiving! 

 We dubbed this the “don’t show your momma” sign. I played it cool.

 The trek up to Washington is (obviously) steep. There were a couple tricky sections where the path was slanted and put pressure on your knees as you have to balance as you walk. I did the entire hike in snowshoes and used the lifts at times. Sometimes they didn’t help, but they were nice on long steep sections.

The top of Washington was a party! There were a ton of people (all hikers woohoo!) who congratulated those arriving and enjoying the views. It was the most fantastic day with barely any wind. It was hard not to stay too long.

Pictured above is the whole crew! It was a great group to hike with. For once I’m the shortest person in the group!

We were very excited to sled down. Some sections were awesome with sleds while others were better on your butt. Toward the top of Ammo there were a couple sections that looked like you’d fall off the edge of the earth so we didn’t sled then!

Poor sign

 On the side of the hut there is a refuge room known as the dungeon for emergencies. No whiteout conditions for us today so we just took a peak!

 Hiking down Ammo reminded me of my Presidential Traverse this past summer. I tried to get a picture from the same spot. It was pretty close as I was doing it from memory!

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Monroe and Washington (Winter)

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  2. Looks like a(nother) pretty amazing day!!! Great pics ^_^

  3. We just did this hike Monday night to the Lakes and tented. Next day to the summit. We were planning on the weather you got but instead had rain, sleet and high winds. We made it but turn right around and went down via the Jewell trail. Even with the bad weather it was a great trip. http://chrisdiannefamily.com/2013/03/11/washington-summit-attempt/ On our first attemp we had to turn back. That trip we went up Lions Head http://chrisdiannefamily.com/2013/02/18/winter-camping-trip-with-travis/.

    You should certainly try tenting. Even above the tree line it is great.

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