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Mount Washington State Park
LOCATION - The park is off New Hampshire 16, north of Pinkham Notch.
FEATURES - Mount Washington, 6,288 feet high, was named for George Washington. It's the highest peak in northeastern North America and is surrounded by the White Mountain National Forest. The mountain is known for its weather extremes with the highest surface wind ever recorded on earth: 231 miles per hour, clocked on April 12, 1934. In fact, winds over the peak exceed 100 mph at least once each month, and from November-April they reach hurricane force of 74 mph almost daily because of the collision of several storm tracks flowing over the mountain. Fog shrouds the mountain summit at least 300 days a year.
ACTIVITIES - Hike to the summit of Mount Washington via 8-mile Tuck-erman Ravine Trail. The trail leaves AMC headquarters in Pinkham Notch.
Drive up the 8-mile-long Mount Washington Road, opened as a carriage road in 1861. Visit Tip Top House, the oldest building still standing on the mountain summit. Mount Washington Observatory Museum features exhibits
on the history, weather, and natural wonders of the mountain. If you want a guided tour, call 603-466-2988.
Ride up the mountain on the Mount Washington Cog Railway, completed in 1869 as the first rack and pinion railroad in the world. A round-trip ride aboard this authentic coal-fired steam train requires three hours. One trestle, called Jacob's Ladder, climbs an incredible 37-percent grade. The 3-mile route is the second steepest railway in the world. For information, call 1-800-922-8825, ext. 7, or 603-846-5404.
Annual events include the Mount Washington Auto Climb to the Clouds held in June. Other events include the Mount Washington footrace in June, Mount Washington Bicycle Hillclimb in September, and the Autumn Muster in the Mountains. For details, call 603-466-3988 or the Twin Mountain Chamber at 603-846-5407.
Look for the natural stone profile of Lion Head located between Tuckerman and Huntington ravines on Mount Washington, visible from the Glen House at the base of the auto road.
Take a ride on a gondola to the summit of Wildcat Mountain to enjoy views from the observation deck and purchase a snack or hike the nature rails. The gondola is halfway between Jackson and Gorham on New Hampshire 16 and runs Memorial Day through Columbus Day. For details, call 603-466-3326.
The Gorham Historical Society Museum on Railroad Street features a 1907 depot, 1911 steam locomotive, and a Dolly Copps's spinning wheel. It's open summer and fall Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1:00-5:00. For information, call 603-486-5570.
Pinkham Notch Camp is at the base of Mount Washington, a few miles by trail from Tuckerman Ravine. Open year-round, the roadside lodge offers access to dayhikes as well as backpacking trips.
Incoming pilots can land at Gorham Airport, located one mile northwest of town. No rental cars are available.
Mount Washington State Park
Route 16, Box 278
Gorham, New Hampshire 03581