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Mt Washington, Mt Monroe, Mt Eisenhower
June 19, 1999

Route: Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail, Crawford Path, Mt Monroe Loop, Mt Eisenhower Loop, Edmands Path
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Elevation: Lakes of the Clouds Hut – 5050 ft
Mt Washington – 6288 ft
Mt Monroe – 5384 ft
Mt Franklin – 5001 ft
Mt Eisenhower – 4780 ft
Vertical Climb: Paul - 5446 ft
Erin - 4426 ft
Distance: Paul - 14.3 miles
Erin - 12.4 miles
Who Went: Paul, Erin

Erin and I left for the White Mountains in the late afternoon and spent the night at a motel near Crawford Notch. In the morning, we got up early at 4:45 AM and left for the trailhead about 5:15, eating Pop Tarts and drinking Instant Breakfasts in the car. The night before, clouds and fog had been enveloping the peaks, but the morning was clear and cool, in the mid-40’s. We could see the Southern Presidentials from the motel parking lot.

We arrived at the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail parking lot and headed out on the trail at 5:30 AM. The first mile was relatively flat, with numerous small brook crossings and a few minor ups and downs. Soon, we arrived at the junction with the old trail from the Cog Railway base station. We took a short rest by the Ammonoosuc River.

The trail followed the river for about a mile, gaining altitude slowly. It was easy walking, and we could smell the spruce and fir trees in the woods. Then we arrived at Gem Pool, a small pool with water cascading down from above. It looked like a nice place to rest on a hot day. We stopped for a couple of minutes and ate a quick snack.

The next part of the trail is considered to be very steep and rough, gaining 1000 feet in 2/10 of a mile, and then another 700 feet in the next 2/10 of a mile. Never-the-less, I didn’t feel that it was too difficult; there were some short switchbacks and views back down in several places. 

Mts Washington, Monroe, Franklin, and Eisenhower (left to right) from the motel parking lot. The Mt Washington Hotel is behind and to the left of the patchy fog.

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Erin by the Ammonoosuc River near the Mt Washington Cog Railway base station. The pipes on the ground are water pipes for the Cog Railway.

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Gem Pool. This is a nice relaxing place to stop and rest on a hot day. We only stayed a couple of minutes to eat a snack.

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Erin climbing up a steep portion of the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail. The section just above Gem Pool gains 1000 ft elevation in only 2/10 of a mile, and then another 700 ft in the next 2/10 of a mile.

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