ElevationAscent: 4,079' 1,243 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 6,171' 1,881 m
Low: 2,092' 638 m
GradeAvg Grade: 20% (11°)
Max Grade: 65% (33°)
Popular runs nearby
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8.0 mi 12.8 km • Out and Back • 4,154 ft Ascent 1265.99 m Ascent
Four Summits Loop (Tom, Field, Willey, Avalon)
9.3 mi 14.9 km • Loop • 3,325 ft Ascent 1013.38 m Ascent
Gentian Pond Out and Back
7.9 mi 12.7 km • Out and Back • 1,449 ft Ascent 441.72 m Ascent
Mt. Chocorua - Champney Falls Route
7.2 mi 11.5 km • Out and Back • 2,162 ft Ascent 659.05 m Ascent
29.9 mi 48.2 km • Loop • 7,442 ft Ascent 2268.44 m Ascent
Step Falls Trail
1.0 mi 1.6 km • Out and Back • 202 ft Ascent 61.57 m Ascent
“A steep trail linking the Pinkham Visitor center to the summit of Mt. Washington.”— Brian Smith
Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
From Hermit Lake you begin to climb more steeply to the floor of the ravine, then very steeply through the top of the ravine. From the junction with the Alpine Garden Trail, the trail climbs the rocky summit cone another 1000 vertical feet to the top.
Each winter, the Tuckerman Ravine Trail is covered by snow and ice and has highly exposed steep cliffs and slopes below it. From late fall through late spring or even early summer, think of it more as a mountaineering ascent than a regular trail. The consequences of a fall or being involved in an avalanche during these months can be dire.
Without appropriate equipment (e.g. ice axe, crampons, and avalanche equipment), climbing this trail in winter should not be attempted. Due to the widespread presence of objective hazards such as icy waterfalls, falling ice, and steep snow, each spring the section of the trail from Lunch Rocks to the Alpine Garden Trail is closed.
Land Manager: USFS - White Mountain National Forest Office