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Hiking Mount Washington

Check out “The Ultimate Beginners Guide to Hiking” by Hobby Help to start your voyage up Mount Washington! 

Hiking Mt. Washington is NOT an easy task. Please make sure you are well prepared and educated about what is in store for you. There is the option of taking a One Way Cog Railway Train Ride down or up the mountain in the months that we are operating.

Hikers Ascend Mount Washington via the Jewell Trail
Hikers Ascend Mount Washington via the Jewell Trail

There are two main trails for hiking Mount Washington on the west side of the mountain – the Jewell Trail (easier, but longer) and the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail (harder, but shorter).  Each trail takes the average hiker around 5 hours one way to hike up or hike down Mount Washington. Remember, you are hiking at your own risk, so BE PREPARED! Trail maps, guide books & other hiking essentials are available for sale in our Marshfield Station Gift Shop.

For expert Skiers, there is the option of skiing Mount Washington in the winter months. A lengthy hike is required to get to a point of being able to descend, so prepare for winter hiking along with making sure you have the skills and ability to ski down the mountain. There is no first aid or other services available for skiers. There is more information on our Skiing the Cog Railway page! 

Hiker One Way Train Rides

For people who choose to hike Mount Washington (and if you do, please make sure you are WELL EDUCATED and have all the required gear), we do offer the ability to take a One-Way Up or a One-Way Down on the Mount Washington Cog Railway.  Pricing information can be found on the Schedule & Tickets page. If you plan to take a One Way Down, make sure you return to the correct side of the mountain!

These One Way Downs are NOT a guarantee. Upon purchase you will be put in stand by and will fill in available seats on each departure after round trip passengers have boarded. This may mean that your party is split between seats/trains/hours and you may have to wait additional time to board the train.

One Way Up’s can be purchased ahead of time by visiting “Buy Tickets Now“, or calling us 24/7 at 603-278-5404.

Why Can't I Buy a One Way Down in Advance?

Believe us, we’d love to sell you one in advance, but we choose not to for a few factors:

  • It’s never a guarantee the train makes it to the Summit. Inclement weather can happen at any time, and the last thing we want to do is leave you stuck up top! Always be prepared to hike back down just in case!
  • Trains stick to a strict departure schedule. If you are not on the top when the train departs, we still have to leave, and can’t promise there will be room on the next available trains
A skier travels up Mount Washington via the Mount Washington Cog Railway to ski down!
A skier travels up Mount Washington via the Mount Washington Cog Railway to ski down!

Hiker & Skier Parking at the Mount Washington Cog Railway Base Station

We offer the ability to park your car in a safe, monitored location right next to the trail heads. Payment accepted is cash only and cars without a permit may be towed.

Hiker / Skier Land Use Permit

$ 10
Per Person / Per Day
  • Plowed and maintained parking lot
  • Park right at the trailheads for the Ammonoosuc Ravine and Jewell Trails.
  • One Way riders will receive a credit towards the price of a ticket.

Please purchase these permits with a Hiker Parking Representative at the entrance to Marshfield Base Station, or at the Drop Box. Hikers who come on weekends when our hiker parking attendant is issuing the parking passes are eligible to receive a coupon to offset the price of parking. It will be valid for $10 off per ticket on one-way trips only. The coupon MUST be presented at time of purchase at base or summit to qualify for the discount. If it is left in the car/pack/etc, it can NOT be applied retroactively.  

Additional information about lodging, activities, restaurants and more when staying in the Mount Washington Area can be found on ExploreMountWashington.Com

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