Mt. Washington from Tuckerman's Ravine

We parked at Pinkham Notch Visitors' Center, and decided to camp at Hermit Lake, near the base of Tuckerman's Ravine. We set off around 5 pm, enjoying the fading daylight as we hiked the 2.4 miles to our campsite.

The next day we planned out a loop to summit Mt. Washington. We scrambled up Boott Spur Trail, over to Lakes of the Clouds, and finally made it to the summit on the Appalachian Trail. We were fortunate with weather: cool and overcast, but no rain. In the evening, during our descent on Lion's Head, the sun broke through the clouds, casting a brilliant gold on the green ridges.

 View of Tuckerman's Ravine from Boott Spur Trail. 

View of Tuckerman's Ravine from Boott Spur Trail. 

 Flowering Blue Bead Lilies.

Flowering Blue Bead Lilies.

 False Hellebore grew in some of the wetter areas near the trail. 

False Hellebore grew in some of the wetter areas near the trail. 

 Ascending through the alpine up to Boott Spur Peak. 

Ascending through the alpine up to Boott Spur Peak. 

 The top of Boott Spur Peak (5,492'). 

The top of Boott Spur Peak (5,492'). 

 Mt. Monroe in the distance on our way to Lakes of Clouds. 

Mt. Monroe in the distance on our way to Lakes of Clouds. 

 The hut at Lakes of the Clouds offers bunk-style sleeping arrangements and hot meals. We sampled the crew’s homemade cookies before the last 1.4 miles up to Mt. Washington. 

The hut at Lakes of the Clouds offers bunk-style sleeping arrangements and hot meals. We sampled the crew’s homemade cookies before the last 1.4 miles up to Mt. Washington. 

 On our descent from the Mt. Washington summit. 

On our descent from the Mt. Washington summit. 

 Navigating one of the most technical sections of the day just above camp. 

Navigating one of the most technical sections of the day just above camp. 

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