|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Washington, NH|
||Tuckerman Ravine Trail, Lion's Head Winter Route|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, February 17, 2018|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular |
||Light Traction, Traction, Ice Axe |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
|Lost and Found:
||We departed Pinkham Notch Visitor Center and took the Tuckerman Ravine trail to the intersection of Huntington Ravine Fire Road trail, continued this until we reached the start of the Lion's Head Winter Route, all just using microspikes.|
At this point there is a first aide supply cache where many groups bundle up and equip their crampons. Lion's Head Winter Route gets very steep very fast, and there is a section where you have to negotiate a nearly vertical wall of ice. Doable without a rope on the way up, but some groups used a rope going down. Ice axe and crampons are very important here. We saw several people slip and fall in this incredibly steep section.
Past the tree line to the summit is covered with snow and ice; one section was like walking on top of a frozen lake. A small patch has just rocks with no snow/ice but it doesn't last too long and you'll find yourself quickly on snow and ice again.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.