Hiking Mount Washington
Mount Washington may seem like an easy hike, but there are a lot of factors which negate that conclusion. The hike to the summit is about 4.5 miles with an elevation gain of 4,500 feet. The first part of the hike is a pretty steep uphill trudge. And then you get to the large yet loose granite rocks which are a strain to climb and will test your balance.
When you arrive at the summit, the weather is considerably colder than it was at the bottom. The Mount Washington summit is also known for having the world's worst weather and strongest wind. If you've hiked, you've probably gone from sweaty and tired to shivering and tired, but, in any event disheveled. This is especially true in comparison to the well dressed tourists who took the auto road to the summit and who are happily posing for pictures while you're wondering if that tenderness in your knees is something to be concerned about.
The best and easiest part of a hike is heading down. This is not so on Mount Washington. At least it wasn't for me. Remember those granite rocks I mentioned earlier? Well, you have to climb down them and they are still loose and cause balance problems. This is about the point in time when your ankles start competing with your knees for some sympathy.
Despite my jesting above, this is a great hike. A challenging one, but a fun trek as well. Its an all day affair, and you do need to be concerned about weather as you can encounter anything en route to the top. I'd seriously do it all over again if I could. But, next time, I'll take an automobile back down. Hiking to the Mount Washington summit.