We decided to return to our favorite mountains to vacation and hike with little Kasper this summer. Kasper is 14 and a half years old and full of health and energy and loves to hike. She has been hiking the White Mountains every summer with us since she was 6 months old when she submitted her first mountain. She even has a certificate and patch from the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) for summiting the forty eight 4000 footers in NH. We decided to have a basecamp and do day hikes with recovery days for Kasper (and ourselves). We started with our favorite hike up Mt. Washington on the Huntington Ravine trail and down the Tuckerman Ravine trail. Kasper tore up the trail and hiked most of every trail upwards of 10 miles a day. We put her in our backpack whenever the boulders were too big and when the sun was too hot. Coming down Tuckerman’s we had to put her in our pack because we lost her leash and she was too fast for us to keep up. We were so happy to see her energy!!
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After completing Huntington’s Ravine Trail and crossing over Mt. Washington’s summit we decided to descend by route of the Lion’s Head Trail. The Lion’s Head Trail is about the same length as the Tuckerman’s Ravine trail but it is steeper and rougher. In exchange you get better views and less crowds.
Huntington Ravine is a glacial cirque on Mount Washington in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. This is our favorite route to Washington’s Summit. It has the steepest and highest headwall, crosses a boulder field, ascends a collection of broken rock fragments (scree) at the base of a cliff. Avalanches, icefalls, and hypothermia have killed climbers in Huntington repeatedly in recent years, and the hiking path is usually not passable until late May or early June.
Laura, Kasper and myself had a runaway weekend to do some hiking in the White Mountains. It was Miss Laura’s birthday on July 6th and she wanted to be on top of a mountain. Saying that, we climbed the hardest trail (Huntington Ravine) to summit Mount Washington. This was a great day, and we did a little hiking on the days that following. We just love New Hampshire’s White Mountains.