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Glen Ellis Falls &New Hampshire joydeanlee | 23 Sep 2012

White Mountains, New Hampshire—Glen Ellis Falls

Glen Ellis Falls in the White Mountains of New Hampshire can be viewed after a .2-mile walk down (and back up) stairs and treacherous stepping stones. The walk is worth the view! The falls is part of the Pinkham Notch State Park.

To view a slideshow of our walk to the falls, click on the photo below.

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Glen Ellis Falls

New Hampshire &White Mountains &Wildcat Mountain gondola ride joydeanlee | 23 Sep 2012

White Mountains, New Hampshire—Wildcat Mountain gondola ride

During a trip to the White Mountains of New Hampshire, I dropped off my friend Doris so she could hike up Tuckerman Ravine to Hermit Lake. The trail leads to the top of Mt. Washington, a really tough hike. (See Tuckerman Ravine Hike blog entry.)

While Doris was hiking I drove to nearby Wildcat Mountain (another blog entry) to take a gondola ride to the top where I could view the Mt. Washington area where she was hiking.

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Gondola ride to the summit of Wildcat Mountain in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

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View of Mt. Washington (where my friend was hiking on a trail but not to the summit).

New Hampshire &Tuckerman Ravine, Pinkham Notch State Park &White Mountains joydeanlee | 23 Sep 2012

White Mountains, New Hampshire—Tuckerman Ravine Hike

We arrived at the Pinkham Notch State Park mid-morning. Following the suggestions in a Frommer’s Guide to New England, I encouraged my friend Doris, who is in excellent physical condition, to hike up Tuckerman Ravine to Hermit Lake. The hike was described as strenuous, taking approximately two hours round-trip from the Visitor Center. Doris loves the outdoors and hiking so I thought she’d enjoy this hike even though I am not in good enough physical condition to try “strenuous” hikes.

Info from websites about hiking Mt. Washington (NH): “The most common way to ascend it[Mt. Washington] is from Pinkham Notch [State Park] by the Tuckerman’s Ravine trail…2.4 miles, to the Hermit Lake shelters… [It] is wide and relatively smooth going. But do not be fooled, you are going up, climbing about 1,800 feet in these 2.4 miles. The White Mountain Guide describes this section well, noting ‘… its moderate but relentless climb …’ Part of the trail was described as more ‘rock-hopping” than trail.’

You’ll note the rocks in the photo below and the logs, and the wood-plank bridges in the Flickr slideshow which you can access by clicking on the photo.

Doris returned 2 hrs. and 45 minutes later in an exhausted state, turning around before making it all the way to Hermit Lake. Her comment was that the trail “kicked her butt.”

Perhaps she doubted my intentions on sending her on that hike. 😉

While Doris was hiking I drove to nearby Wildcat Mountain (another blog entry) to take a gondola ride to the top where I could view the Mt. Washington area where she was hiking.

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The trail up Tuckerman Ravine.

Mt. Washington Cog Railway &New Hampshire &White Mountains joydeanlee | 23 Sep 2012

White Mountains, New Hampshire—Mt. Washington Cog Railway

As I planned a trip to the New England area, visiting the White Mountains in New Hampshire was high on my list of priorities. All the travel guides I read suggested that a ride on the Mt. Washington Cog Railway was a must-see.

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The original steam engine, Peppersass (above), and other steam and diesel engines are on display at Mansfield Station where the ride begins.

Info from the Mt. Washington Cog Railway website: “The beauty of the mountains and the thrill of ascending the Northeast’s highest peak are just as enchanting today as they were in 1869, when Sylvester Marsh opened the world’s first mountain-climbing railroad on New Hampshire’s Mount Washington.

Nearly 150 years later, the Mount Washington Cog Railway continues to provide a sense of adventure and history as it carries passengers up a 3-mile-long trestle and the steepest railroad tracks in North America to the 6,288-foot summit of Mount Washington.

There, visitors can take in the spectacular panoramic view, spanning the mountains and valleys of New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont, north into Canada, and east to the Atlantic Ocean.”

Well, the website didn’t mention that the mountain is often fogged in, that visibility is very limited (as you can see in the photo below), and that it can be quite cold. However, the adventure of the ride up and down the mountain on the railway does make the trip worthwhile, even if the view at the top is fogged in. You can always drink hot chocolate in their snack bar as my friend Doris and I did!

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For addition info on Mt. Washington Cog Railway, go to http://www.thecog.com.

To view a slideshow of our trip on Mt. Washington Cog Railway ride, click on any photo. If info about the photos is not displayed in the slideshow, click Show Info.

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This photo of the tracks was taken from inside the railway car in which we were riding.