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Mount Washington, Mount Washington

#13 of 112 in Nature in New Hampshire
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Mount Washington, called Agiocochook by some Native American tribes, is the highest peak in the Northeastern United States at 6,288.2 ft (1,916.6 m) and the most topographically prominent mountain east of the Mississippi River.

The mountain is notorious for its erratic weather. On the afternoon of April 12, 1934, the Mount Washington Observatory recorded a windspeed of 231 miles per hour (372 km/h) at the summit, the world record from 1934 until 1996. Mount Washington still holds the record for highest measured wind speed not associated with a tornado or tropical cyclone.
The mountain is located in the Presidential Range of the White Mountains, in Coös County, New Hampshire. The mountain slopes lie within the boundaries of several unincorporated townships, with the summit itself lying in the township of Sargent's Purchase. While nearly the whole mountain is in the White Mountain National Forest, an area of 60.3 acres (24.4 ha) surrounding and including the summit is occupied by Mount Washington State Park.

The Mount Washington Cog Railway ascends the western slope of the mountain, and the Mount Washington Auto Road climbs to the summit from the east. The mountain is visited by hikers, and the Appalachian Trail crosses the summit. Other common activities include glider flying, backcountry skiing, and annual cycle and running races such as the Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb and Road Race.

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  • If you are an INEXPERIENCED hiker, PLEASE READ. If you are an experienced hiker, this review is not for you. The Tuckerman's Ravine is the most popular (7.9 miles ONE WAY) and can be congested...  more »
  • We drove the toll road. It is well maintained, breath taking views. Yes, a little scary at parts but definitely worth it!  more »
  • Weather changes quickly, dangerous peak. Railway to top but v windy
  • Took the traditional steam cog. Lots of black smoke but it’s hell of an experience.
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