Tuckerman Ravine Trail Closure, Starting July 18, 2011 for Approximately 4 - 5 Weeks

The Headwall section of the Tuckerman Ravine Trail, one of the most popular hiking trails in the White Mountains, is temporarily closed for repair. On July 18, the AMC began a significant reconstruction project in the steep Headwall section of the trail.

The lower portion of the Tuckerman Ravine Trail, from Pinkham Notch Visitor Center to Hermit Lake Shelters, remains open during the reconstruction project. Above Hermit Lake, the trail is closed up to its junction with the Alpine Garden Trail. The trail remains open from the Alpine Garden to the summit of Mt. Washington.

The Hermit Lake Shelters area at the foot of Tuckerman Ravine will remain open, providing access to picnic tables on the porch of the caretaker’s cabin and other hiker services, including drinking water and restrooms. Views from the Hermit Lake area include the ravine itself, Lion Head, and the Hanging Cliffs of Boott Spur.

Alternative routes to the Mt. Washington summit from AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor Center include:

Lion Head Trail: From Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, take the Tuckerman Ravine Trail 2.3 miles to its junction with the Lion Head Trail. The trail junction is at Hermit Lake just below AMC’s Hermit Lake Shelters, providing hikers with an opportunity to stop for information, water, and restroom facilities available at or nearby the caretaker’s cabin before heading to Mt. Washington’s summit. Continue on the Lion Head Trail to its junction with the Tuckerman Ravine Trail, and then reconnect with the Tuckerman Ravine Trail heading 0.4 miles toward Mt. Washington’s summit. This route is about the same distance as hiking the Tuckerman Ravine Trail and offers better views, but is narrower. It is recommended as the most direct route. Approximate one-way hiking distance is 4.4 miles. Estimated time is 4 hours 20 minutes.

Boott Spur Trail: From Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, take the Tuckerman Ravine Trail 0.4 miles to its junction with the Boott Spur Trail, and then continue on the Boott Spur Trail to the Davis Path. Take the Davis Path to its junction with the Crawford Path, and then continue on the Crawford Path heading toward Mt. Washington’s summit. Grades are mostly moderate, but there is some rough footing. This route is 1.2 miles longer than hiking the Tuckerman Ravine Trail. Approximate one-way hiking distance is 5.4 miles. Estimated time is 4 hours 50 minutes.

Huntington Ravine Trail: Caution: This is the most difficult regular hiking trail in the White Mountains. This trail is very dangerous when wet or icy, and its use for descent at any time is strongly discouraged. From Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, take the Tuckerman Ravine Trail 1.3 miles to its junction with the Huntington Ravine Trail. Continue on the Huntington Ravine Trail 2.3 miles to its junction with the Nelson Crag Trail. Continue on the Nelson Crag Trail 0.8 miles heading toward the summit of Mt. Washington. Approximate one-way hiking distance is 4.4 miles. Estimated time is 4 hours 20 minutes.

For comprehensive trail descriptions and trail maps, refer to AMC White Mountain Guide, 28th edition, or the White Mountain Guide Online, which is available by subscription at www.wmgonline.org/register. Free five-day trial subscriptions are also available.

Route planning assistance is available at AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor Center’s trail desk or by calling (603) 466-2721.

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