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.