Huntington Ravine Rock Climbing
Routes in Huntington Ravine
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DescriptionHuntington Ravine is located on Mt Washington. Base elevation is about 4100 ft, most climbing starts about 500 ft above that; the top of the Pinnacle is at 5122 ft, and the top of the ravine itself is at 5500 ft. Be prepared for quickly changing and possibly severe weather. The summit of Mt Washington is only about 800 ft above the top of the ravine and the "all-time-all-time" high temp reading there is (I believe) 74F. With mid-summer readings in the valleys of mid-80'sF it is not uncommon for the summit to be in the 50's.
An interesting fact is that once you get above about the level of the top of the ravine (5000 - 5500 ft) the rocks and boulders take on an entirely unique character of ruggedness. Except on the trails where millions of boots have smoothed them, the granite rocks are extremely rough. That's because they were above the level of the continental ice sheets and received zero "smoothing" during the glacial epochs, and were also exposed to whatever epic weather existed to make such ice sheets!
Getting ThereRt 16 north through North Conway and Glen NH; in Glen Rt 302 branches west towards Bartlett and Crawford Notch. Stay on Rt 16 North for 12 miles to the AMC Pinkham Notch "camp". Free parking and free (good) information here.
Starting at Pinkham Notch (Elev. 2000 ft) Take the Tuckerman Ravine "Fire Trail" to the Huntington Ravine "fire road" trail* (branches right about 2 miles up the "Tuck's Fire Trail") and continue into Huntington Ravine and the huge boulder's at its base. Continue up the trail. Pinnacle is to the left of the trail, the trail cuts right at the base of Central Gully. If headed for Henderson's Ridge, branch off right from the trail below the base of Central Gully at a point where the slide alder looks most easily penetrated.
..* You can also access via the actual Huntington Ravive Trail which branches off about 1.2 miles up the "Tuck's Fire Trail". This is more senic, more direct but probably a bit slower due to terrain underfoot.
Another access possibility is to pay the fee to drive up the Mt Washington Auto Road. Park at a pull out at about the 6 1/2 mile mark and hike DOWN the Huntington Ravine Trail to the base of the ravine. This is an especially popular mode of access when the temp. at even Pinkham Notch is in the mid-to-high-80F's! (Which means the valleys are in the low 90's! )
Classic Climbing Routes at Huntington Ravine
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