Taxi in the Mt. Washington area


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Bryantrace · · Washington,CT · Joined Aug 2016 · Points: 0

I'm thinking of giving the presidential traverse a solo a try in a few weekends. I don't really have the time to hitchhike back to my car, so I was hoping someone knew of a reliable taxi in the area that could bring me back to my car without costing me an arm and a leg.

Mark NH · · 03053 · Joined Feb 2013 · Points: 0

AMC has a hiker shuttle. Check with them for more information. Can't imagine a taxi not being super expensive. It's a long ways around by road. Hitchhiking is actually pretty reliable.

Nick Votto · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2008 · Points: 80

Try Uber, looks like they're up there and it'll definitely be cheaper than a cab

Hitchhiking is usually really fast and easy up there, as long as you do it while there's still daylight. I've never waited more than a few minutes

Derek Tremblay · · NH · Joined Nov 2010 · Points: 5

I'm planning on my own solo attempt next weekend. Following the thread to see what you come up with.

Zac St. Jules · · New Hampshire · Joined Dec 2013 · Points: 1,013

Seconding Mark's suggestion of hitch-hiking.

Bill Kirby · · Baltimore Maryland · Joined Jul 2012 · Points: 40
Nick Votto wrote:Try Uber, looks like they're up there and it'll definitely be cheaper than a cab Hitchhiking is usually really fast and easy up there, as long as you do it while there's still daylight. I've never waited more than a few minutes
There's no Uber in the MWV. I had a conversation with a guy who called a taxi at Elviso's pizza There is a taxi service but I say hitch it. Everybody's doing it.
Tom Stryker · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2014 · Points: 245

Fast taxi, 356-0000, 8 bucks to get on board, 2.50 a mile I think.

ChrisN · · Morro Bay, CA · Joined Oct 2014 · Points: 0
Mark NH wrote:AMC has a hiker shuttle. Check with them for more information. Can't imagine a taxi not being super expensive. It's a long ways around by road. Hitchhiking is actually pretty reliable.
I don't think the hiker shuttle runs in the winter....
Bryantrace · · Washington,CT · Joined Aug 2016 · Points: 0
Dave Schultz wrote:I'll third the hitchhiking option. I do find it funny you are planning on a 12-24 hr trip, but don't have time to hitch a ride ...
I know, life of an outdoor ed teacher, trying to squeeze it into a tight window. But if hitching is reliable as everyone makes it sound, maybe I'll roll the dice and give that a shot. Thanks everyone
Nick Votto · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2008 · Points: 80
Bill Kirby wrote: There's no Uber in the MWV. I had a conversation with a guy who called a taxi at Elviso's pizza There is a taxi service but I say hitch it. Everybody's doing it.
I checked before I wrote that comment, there were a couple Ubers driving around North Conway
Bill Kirby · · Baltimore Maryland · Joined Jul 2012 · Points: 40

Huh, a guy at the pizza joint a week ago tried Uber before the taxi. He said no Uber. Wonder what went wrong?

Nick Votto · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2008 · Points: 80
Bill Kirby wrote:Huh, a guy at the pizza joint a week ago tried Uber before the taxi. He said no Uber. Wonder what went wrong?
I bet whoever's doing it up there is just part time for supplemental income. Any holiday or "leaf peeping" times up there are probably great to Uber people around.
Patrick Corry · · PA · Joined Nov 2015 · Points: 0

I will also recommend hitching...with one caveat. I learned in the 60's & 70's when I hitched a lot that if you hold a sign indicating where you're heading people will be more likely to pick you up. On my Presi traverse I carried a couple of signs I made up ahead of time with a manila folder and a Sharpie. The folder paper is durable enough to survive stuffing into your backpack inside the back panel (although it's wise to slip it into a big freezer bag first to avoid sweat bleeding into the paper & ink). My signs usually list the destination as the first route number change, then I unfold the sign to the next route number and so on to the final destination. I had 3 short rides back to Appalachia parking lot and less than 20 minutes of cumulative waiting time.

Bryantrace · · Washington,CT · Joined Aug 2016 · Points: 0
Patrick Corry wrote:I will also recommend hitching...with one caveat. I learned in the 60's & 70's when I hitched a lot that if you hold a sign indicating where you're heading people will be more likely to pick you up. On my Presi traverse I carried a couple of signs I made up ahead of time with a manila folder and a Sharpie. The folder paper is durable enough to survive stuffing into your backpack inside the back panel (although it's wise to slip it into a big freezer bag first to avoid sweat bleeding into the paper & ink). My signs usually list the destination as the first route number change, then I unfold the sign to the next route number and so on to the final destination. I had 3 short rides back to Appalachia parking lot and less than 20 minutes of cumulative waiting time.
That's smart Patrick. Thanks
Jeremy Cote · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2015 · Points: 0
Bryantrace wrote:I'm thinking of giving the presidential traverse a solo a try in a few weekends. I don't really have the time to hitchhike back to my car, so I was hoping someone knew of a reliable taxi in the area that could bring me back to my car without costing me an arm and a leg.
I did a solo winter traverse a few years ago N/S and paid about $115 for a taxi ride from the Highland Center back to the trail head. The traverse is physically demanding enough that by the time you finish up the prospect of walking until waiting for a friendly driver to give you a ride is pretty shitty. I'm assuming of course you are doing a two day and not a three day and getting down mid to late afternoon.

I think I finished at around 2pm or so. I camped at Spinx col and was up early to finish the second leg on day 2.

There were no Uber drivers around when I did it, and I doubt there would be any now.

I do remember it took fucking forever for the taxi to get to Crawford notch though, but it eventually came and got me to my car.

I would have asked some of the nice people pulling out at the Highland Center for a ride, but they were all Canadians and I don't speak French.

I think I used Fast Taxi.
Nick Votto · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2008 · Points: 80
Jeremy Cote wrote: I did a solo winter traverse a few years ago N/S and paid about $115 for a taxi ride from the Highland Center back to the trail head. The traverse is physically demanding enough that by the time you finish up the prospect of walking until waiting for a friendly driver to give you a ride is pretty shitty. I'm assuming of course you are doing a two day and not a three day and getting down mid to late afternoon. I think I finished at around 2pm or so. I camped at Spinx col and was up early to finish the second leg on day 2. There were no Uber drivers around when I did it, and I doubt there would be any now. I do remember it took fucking forever for the taxi to get to Crawford notch though, but it eventually came and got me to my car. I would have asked some of the nice people pulling out at the Highland Center for a ride, but they were all Canadians and I don't speak French. I think I used Fast Taxi.
Again, just go on the Uber app. There is a driver going through North Conway right this minute.
dragons · · MWV, NH · Joined Aug 2011 · Points: 600

I was in town today and picked up a business card for "Mountain Courier Shuttle". It says "Hikers shuttle to all trailheads in NH and ME | Airport - Long Distance | 24/7 Availability | Pet Friendly"

I have no experience with them, but might be worth a try. Email is listed as mtnmediav@gmail.com and the phone is 207-329-6433.

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