Tuckerman Ravine

The initial plan was to hike up the trail from Pinkham Notch to the summit of Wildcat Mountain. Staff at the AMC centre convinced me that a walk into Tuckerman Ravine would be better, and it did not disappoint. I frankly don’t know why I didn’t get up here earlier. The weather was absolutely fantastic; one of those days when everyone you pass on the trail has a huge smile on their face. Since it was a Tuesday in late March, the headwall was pretty empty, not full of skiers like it will be in a few weeks time. I only wish I had brought crampons and an ice axe to continue further up the headwall, maybe even onto the upper slopes of Mount Washington.

A straightforward following of the Tuckerman Ravine trail from the AMC Pinkham Notch alpine centre
Ranger cabin adjacent to the Hermit Lake shelter
Three words: respect the ravine
Tuckerman Ravine headwall (a spring skier’s paradise)
There were a few brave souls who cut out of work early, or took the day off to ski the east
Ski conditions were near perfect
One last look at the ravine from just behind the Hermit Lake shelter

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