Glen House Travel Guide

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    Looking North
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Glen House Things to Do

  • Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center

    The Great Glen Trails Outdoor Centre is a parent company of the Auto Road, and is to be found in the new Lodge, on the opposite side of the road (Route 16). The Center organises mountain biking at the base of Mt Washington on the beautiful rolling carriage roads and trails. You can either rent a bike, or bring your own. They also organise canoeing...

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  • Mount Washington Auto Road - 2

    Travellers began finding their way up to the summit of Mount Washington in 1861, and nowadays most people will drive all the way up in their cars. There are various restrictions, and before you start your ascent, you have to read the safety instructions provided, and selecting first gear, you may proceed up the mountain.The average grade of 12%...

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  • Mount Washington Auto Road

    Driving down from Gorham, you will find the Mount Washington Auto Road signposted on the right side of the road. There is a large car parking area , to the left, before you actually join the Auro Road proper. It's an idea to pull in here, and get your bearings first.

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Glen House Warnings and Dangers

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    Mary suffering!!

    by Geoff_Wright Written Jan 22, 2004

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    I have already mentioned that the drive up Mount Washington may not be to everyone's liking. You have to drive up - and down - in first gear, and there are warnings about overheating engines, and brakes! You have to give way to descending vehicles, and some of the curves are very severe! Looking down from the road may cause some people to suffer from vertigo!!!

    Mary didn't like the trip at all, but we drove up as far as we were allowed. Unfortunately for me - but fortunately for Mary - snow and ice, in early October, had closed the top four miles to private vehicles. The only vehicles allowed were the Auto Road's own mini buses. One of the Rangers at the half-way point, where we had to end our journey, told me that there had only been two fatalities in all the years the road had been in operation. I'm not sure I believed him though!!

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Glen House Off The Beaten Path

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    by Geoff_Wright Updated Jan 22, 2004

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    The Mount Washington Observatory is located on the summit of Mount Washington, and is a non-profit scientific and educational institution whose prupose is to maintain a permanently staffed observatory and to use this Station and other facilities to conduct programs of environmental observation and technical research, and to develop educational programs to advance public knowledge of the unique meterorology, natural sub -arctic environment, and human history of the Mount Washington region.

    The website , below, will give you, the Visitor, and up-to-date weather forecast, as well as other information.

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Glen House Favorites

  • The Treeline

    This is almost the tree-line on Mount Washington. The trees here aren't more than a few feet high, and much of the vegetation is scrub. There are various vistas along the road, and I seem to remember them all being on the downside. I would not recommend crossing the road to view!!

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  • Mount Washington

    One final view of snow-capped Mount Washington. Hard to imagine that from the car park here, to the summit is an 8-mile drive.If you don't fancy the drive yourself, why not take one of the guided tours? During the open season these tours run between 8.s0 am and 5 pm daily. They take approximately 1 and a half hours, which includes a 30 minute stay...

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  • Beware of Wildlife

    You'll find lots of these warning signs in New Hampshire. We only saw one Moose, and that was before we reached Mt. Washington. We were in a slow moving line of cars, at some roadworks, when the Moose just wandered out in between the cars, and trotted away into the woods! Be aware - they're pretty big if you hit one!

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