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Not long after passing the avalanche warning sign, we came to Crystal Cascade, a waterfall on the Cutler River. It was mostly frozen, but with water flowing under the ice. I'm sure that it would be even more impressive in the spring or summer.

The trail turned left and began to ascend more steeply beyond the falls, switchbacking up the side of the mountain. We saw quite a few other hikers, both going up and later on the way down. Some were carrying skis. Other carried crampons and ice tools, and were probably heading up Mt Washington. 

We saw at least two groups coming down on sleds, one of whom was going way too fast. We were afraid that he was going to run into other hikers. There were several good views back down toward Pinkham Notch and the Wildcat and Carter Ranges on the other side of the notch.

Finally, we arrived at the Hermit Lake Shelters. An open lean-to shelter was unoccupied but another enclosed shelter seemed to have a few campers. A little further up, we came to the rangerís cabin, which is known as HoJoís. There were great views of the ravine in back of the cabin. Some people were skiing in the Bowl, but not many, as the more popular spring skiing season hadn't begun yet.

Unlike the AMC huts, there were no dining or sleeping facilities in HoJo's, just the ranger's quarters and a counter where you could buy a few supplies. We bought some patches and warmed up by the counter for a few minutes before heading back down.

On the way down, we saw more views out toward the Wildcats, and saw a couple more people sledding down. It was starting to get dark by the time we reached the Pinkham Notch Visitorís Center.

Crystal Cascade. Despite being mostly frozen, these falls on the Cutler River were quite pretty.

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Looking down the Tuckerman Ravine Trail toward the Wildcat and Carter Ranges.

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Erin approaching HoJo's (the ranger's cabin). In back of HoJo's is Hillman's Highway, where some people ski.

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The Bowl. This is the main area that people ski down. The Tuckerman Ravine Trail ascends the headwall just to the right of the Bowl.

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Lion's Head. Because of avalanche danger, the popular route up Mt Washington in the winter ascends via Lion's Head rather than Tuckerman Ravine.

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