Mount Washington - New Hampshire Highpoint
You've got all kinds of options if you want to reach the summit of New Hampshire. Drive, hike, bike, ski or take a cog railway. My wife and I visited Mt. Washington in the fall of 2001. I wanted to see what all the fuss was about being the “highest recorded winds on earth”. I still think it’s only because you have a station on top to track the winds. Mount Washington is the highest point in New England, it is an Ultra Prominent Peak, number 24 on the List of 57 with it's prominence being 6,148 which is nearly its height. The first recorded ascent was in 1642 by Darby Field. The peak was named in 1784 after General George Washington in the time between his military career and his presidency. Years later in 1820, the naming party for nearby peaks continued the theme of mountains named after presidents. Hiking nearby leads to other mountains like Adams, Jefferson, Madison and Monroe. The Mount Washington road to the summit was completed in 1861 (with the first automobile ascent in 1899). In 1869 the Cog Railway to the summit was completed. Today, the price to drive to the summit is very expensive considering I've driven up hundreds of mountains for free with much better views.
Elevation: 6,288 feet
Elevation Gain: Drive-up
Mt. Washington Summit Sign
At the base ready to take the toll road
In route up
Showing the toll road route