|Mount Washington summit
|Estimated net time||A few minutes.|
|Drinking water||No stable access to running water.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage all around the summit (July 2013).|
|Parking||Room for many cars at the different car parks a little below the summit.|
|Start height||1886 metres|
|Vertical metres||30 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||0.5 km|
From the centre of the town Conway drive approximately 18 km (11+ miles) north on White Mountain Highway, which becomes road 302, and turn right onto road 16 (also called Pinkham Notch Road). Drive 23.5 km (14.6 mi) and turn left where signed for Mount Washington. Drive a couple of hundred metres/yards and pay toll at the manned toll booth (per 2013 USD 26 for car and driver, and USD 8 for each additional adult). From here follow the steep tarmac road, 12.2 km (7.6 mi) to the car parks below the summit. Park here.
From the car parks walk uphill to the summit, which is marked by a wooden sign clearly stating that this is the summit, at 1917 metres.
Descend by reversing your ascent route.
31. July 2013
I had visited Black Cap earlier in the morning, a little outside North Conway, where we had stayed the night at the nice White Mountain Hotel, and after breakfast we drove north towards Mount Washington. The plan had always been to drive all the way to the car parks just below the summit, which we did together with hundreds of others. A number of them surely wouldn't be able to hike to the summit, which a lot of people preferred to do, but our excuse was that we had a five hours drive ahead of us, down to Bristol in Rhode Island, and a 16:00 appointment (for which we arrived 30 minutes late).
The summit views were slightly disturbed by some mist in the distant, but in general it was a very nice day offering fine views across northern New Hampshire. Hence we walked around on the summit for a while, before the longish drive south to Bristol.