You are excited to support Seek the Peak but have some questions about hiking options? How to Choose Your Trail and Seek YOUR Peak!
Remember you don’t have to hike Mount Washington to participate in Seek the Peak! In addition to Mount Washington we have put together a few ideas for hiking alternatives here…but you still may have many questions.
What mountain should I summit? What’s the easiest route, the most scenic route, or the best way down? The options are plentiful, and there is no single answer. The “best” route for you depends on your group’s physical abilities, pace, and desires for the day, so we strongly suggest that you consult the AMC White Mountain Guide. It includes all the information you need to make an informed decision: Detailed trail descriptions, distances, elevation changes, estimated hiking times, parking information, maps, and more. If you’d like to speak with someone, call the friendly AMC representatives at their Pinkham Notch Visitor Center (603-466-2721) or Highland Center (603-278-4453).
You Must Hike Up AND Down
Seek the Peak is a round-trip hike: There is no transportation provided. Plan enough time to hike up AND down, monitor the time during your hike, and if it’s getting late, turn around and come back down instead of pushing yourself beyond your limits. Besides the obvious safety concerns, you most definitely don’t want to miss the dinner and after party!
If for some reason you cannot or do not wish to hike both ways, ask a friend to drive up the Mt. Washington Auto Road and wait for you at the top. Operating hours, pricing, and other information about driving the Auto Road may be found on their website.
Hint: If you’re successful in recruiting a chauffeur, be a good friend and treat them to dinner at the after party! $20 tickets are on sale now.