Heading to the Top of Mount Washington

Summit sign at the top of Mount Washington in New Hampshire

There is little doubt that one of the most spectacular vistas in the White Mountains of New Hampshire comes from the top of Mount Washington.  The summit of Mount Washington, situated at an altitude of 6, 288 feet, is the highest peak in the White Mountains, and on clear days, offers views that extend well beyond New Hampshire and into Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Maine, Quebec, and the Atlantic Ocean.

At the summit sits Mount Washington State Park, a 60-acre parcel of land that borders the White Mountain National Forest. Adventurous (and fit) souls can hike to the summit, but most visitors take the Mount Washington Cog Railway or the Mount Washington Auto Road; both worthwhile adventures to add to your itinerary.

Regardless of how you make it to the top of this incredible mountain peak, there’s only one place worth staying while you’re in the White Mountains. Our Bed and Breakfast in New Hampshire is quiet, luxurious, and the perfect home away from home. Make your plans to visit us this summer at the Sugar Hill Inn in New Hampshire today!

Woman standing at the top of Mount Washington after the grueling hike

How to Get to the Top of Mount Washington

Summiting Mount Washington is one of the most iconic things to do in the White Mountains. Luckily, though, you don’t have to be an avid outdoor enthusiast that takes on this grueling hike. You can, but there are other (easier) ways to reach the summit of beautiful Mount Washington in New Hampshire! 

Mount Washington Cog Railway

By far, the most popular and interesting way to get to the summit of this incredible mountain is via the Mount Washington Cog Railway, which has been in operation since 1869.  The Cog Railway, commonly referred to simply as “the cog,” was the world’s first mountain-climbing railway of its kind.

The round-trip journey to the top takes approximately 3 hours, and it is recommended to buy tickets in advance. At the summit, you’ll find a viewing deck with panoramic views, Tip Top House–an 1853 Hiker’s hostel, a Summit Marker, and the Sherman Adams Visitors Center. Additionally, the Cog Railway Museum at the base offers visitors a glimpse behind the scenes of one of the nation’s most iconic railways.

Mount Washington Auto Road

Located on scenic NH Route 16, the Mt. Washington Auto Road takes you on a stunning journey up to the summit of Mount Washington. It’s unique location in Pinkham Notch provides spectacular views into the Great Gulf Wilderness and the Presidential Mountain Range.

You can drive the road yourself from May – October, or you can take guided trips. Whichever way you go, as you climb the summit you’ll pass through 4 distinct climate zones, and enjoy incredible mountain scenery and panoramic views. It won’t take you long to see why this is one of the most popular driving routes in the northeast.

Mount Washington Hikes

First, it’s important to note that hiking up Mount Washington is not easy, and should be reserved for only the most experienced of hikers.  There are two main trails that will take you to the summit: The Jewell Trail and the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail.

Of the two, the Jewell Trail is the easiest.  Both will take around 5 hours each way. Luckily, those who want to experience the trip up can now enjoy a one-way ticket back down the mountain via the Cog Railway for $51. Frequent visitors can also purchase a Frequent Riders Pass, which offers unlimited biodiesel trips for 2018 $229.

The Cog Railway making its way to the top of Mount Washington New Hampshire

Unwind at the Best Bed and Breakfast in New Hampshire

Whichever way you choose to go, we know you’ll enjoy a stunningly beautiful trip up scenic Mount Washington. After your adventure, return to our romantic Bed and Breakfast in New Hampshire, where you’ll find cozy guest rooms, massage services for those tired muscles, a full bar to help you relax and unwind, and one of the best restaurants in the White Mountains to refuel your tired body. 

With an eye toward luxury and the finest hospitality, it’s easy to see why we’re rated as the best Bed and Breakfast in New Hampshire. Come enjoy this incredible area with us – Mount Washington is just the beginning! Book your stay at the Sugar Hill Inn Bed and Breakfast today.

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