Mt Washington Auto Road!

Trip Start Mar 04, 2005
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Flag of United States  , New Hampshire
Saturday, July 28, 2012

This is a beautiful part of the country but we haven't had the best weather conditions.  One of the must do attractions here is the drive to the top of Mt. Washington, conveniently located less than 10 miles from our campground.  The road to the top, first opened in 1861, is touted as the country's first man made attraction.  The drive is less than 6 miles, one way, but is not for the faint of heart.  There are steep drop offs and no guard rails. 

We had been putting this drive off hoping for a clear day.  As we were getting close to leaving the area we decided to go ahead and do the drive on a cloudy, but not rainy, day.  At 6,228 feet in elevation Mt Washington is the highest point in the Northeast. The drive wasn't bad and once  we arrived at the top we learned that it is clouded in about 60% of the time. 

Lots of people climb this mountain and there are trails all over the place.  They are marked by large piles of rocks, called cairns.  These cairns are located about 20 feet apart towards the top of the mountain because of the cloudy/foggy conditions - without them you would have no idea where the trail was! 

It was a great drive and one that we would recommend to anyone who happens to be in the area.  If we did it again we would pack a lunch and our chairs.  That way we could find an overlook and spend some time watching the clouds come and go along with the view! 
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