Friday, August 12, 2016

Overnight Stay on Mount Washington

To finish up our week in New Hampshire we had planned a hike to Mount Washington via the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trial (ascent) and the Jewel Trial (descent).  This involved spending a night at the lake of the Clouds hut operated by the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC).

We left at about 10am and hiked up the steadily steepening trail next to a series of waterfalls.  We made good time and arrived at the hut at lunchtime and enjoyed a light meal with a fine view.  After lunch we hiked up to the summit of Mt Washington which was clear and quite calm.  We also took a short diversion to the summit of Mount Munroe to bag another peak.   In the evening we enjoyed a home-cooked meal in the hut and a wonderful sunset over the nearby peaks.

The next day we traversed around the summit, crossed the cog-railway line, and enjoyed fine views from the summit of Mt Clay.  Our long descent down the Jewel trail then started, and after several hours of hiking we were back at the car at around 4pm.

On the way up..still looking fresh

Steep trails!

 Sheri in her element

At the top!

Fine views in all directions

Dinner in the hut

Watching the sunset

 On the way down

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