08-09-2002, 08:08 AM
This is one of the many amazing views in my neighborhood. That is Lake Winnipesaukee behind the A4, which encompasses 72 square miles & Mount Washington (elev. 6,288 ft.) is the snow capped mountain in the background (pic taken November 8, 2001)
08-09-2002, 11:02 AM
I hope you don't have one of those "I climbed Mt. Washington" bumper stickers ;0)
08-10-2002, 06:24 AM
lol, no sticker here, but many trips up. I hike Mt. Washington at least once a year too. I would have biked up in 1994 & 1995 if it were not for the annual race being cancelled both years due to bad weather at the summit(reluctantly I never raced it again).
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08-29-2002, 07:52 AM
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09-19-2002, 10:23 AM
hey guy's! i live in portsmouth but i hike thoes all the time drope me a mail some time!
09-22-2002, 05:27 PM
Can you tell me exactly what route that you took to drive up to the mountain, and the lake?
If you could email me, that would be great!
09-23-2002, 10:23 AM
It really is a beautiful area to visit! Just plan your visit to Mt. Washington on a clear day if you want a view. Even on nice sunny days further South, the weather can be extremely bad on Mt. Washington. You'll want a high pressure weather system to be centered over the North East for your best bet of a nice day on Mt. Washington.
Route Summary: I-93 North exit 20, Route 3 east, Route 25 East, Route 16 North, Mt. Washington Auto Road.
If you want the scenic route, take I-93 North to exit 20 in Tilton N.H. Take route 3 & 11 towards Laconia(left turn). There will be a huge Outlet Mall about ¼ mile down the road on the left :0
After about 4-5 miles you will go over a bridge, this is Lake Winnisquam. After about another mile you will pass a Shaw's Supermarket on the left. Go through the stoplight after Shaw's and turn right onto the bypass route 3 & 11 towards Gilford.
Stay on the 3 & 11 bypass until it ends (you must exit ramp) in Gilford. From here you can enjoy the Lakes Region area (Turning left at off-ramp stoplight [rt. 11 South] would bring you to Lakes Region Audi :), about a ¼ mile down the road. Past that is Gilford & Alton, both on Lake Winnipesaukee).
To continue scenic route to Mount Washington, take the bypass rt. 3 & 11 off-ramp and follow route 3 by staying right (merge). Go through the stoplight at the Walmart Plaza, past Wendy's on the right, through another stoplight at Mobil Mart and turn right (rt. 3) towards Meredith (If you were to go straight here, you would head towards Downtown Laconia and all businesses)
Stay on route 3 to Meredith (on the left is Paugus Bay which connects Lake Winnepesaukee to Lake Winnisquam). Next you will enter Weirs Beach (stay left at Route 11-B intersection). Go over bridge, on your right will be Weirs Beach Boardwalk where the S.S. Mt. Washington will dock (Nice boat rides on the lake).
After about 4 miles on rt. 3, you will be in downtown Meredith with Lake Winnipesaukee on the right. Lots of businesses here as well. At the intersection of rt. 3 & 25, turn right onto rt. 25 east towards Center Harbor & Moultonborough. If you were to go straight at this intersection, you would head towards the Squam Lakes, where the Henry Fonda movie "On Golden Pond" was filmed. It would also eventually bring you to I-93 in Ashland.
Stay on rt. 25 from Meredith, all the way to Route 16 (East Ossipee).
Take Route 16 North to Conway. Along the way you will see a steep rocky Mountain ahead named Mt. Chocorua. There is a nice Lake in the view of Mt. Chocorua after about 5-6 miles of route 16 on the left (You will see a small arc bridge on the Lake. Good Pictures of the foliage here!
In Conway, you will no doubt run into some of the worst traffic imagineable for such a rural area. You will go through a stop light and then turn left at the next stoplight (still rt. 16) towrds N. Conway.
Next is North Conway, which has tons of outlet stores. Go through N. Conway and stay on rt. 16. (You will see a nice scenic view of Mount Washington after passing all the outlet stores on the left) Next, you will make a right hand turn at the interction of 16 & 302, staying on rt. 16.
This will bring you into the White Mountains & the Mount Washington Auto Road. Along the way is beautiful Glen Ellis Falls (look for brown state park sign), also along the way will be Wild Cat Mountain, and then then Great Glen House (the base of the Mount Washington Auto Road).
Another really nice scenic route to Mount Washington would be to head up I-93 North to Lincoln N.H., and take exit 32 Take route 112 east (Kancumagus Highway) to Conway (see Conway directions above). This is one of the best scenic routes of fall foliage New Hampshire has to offer! You would turn left at the end of route 112 to continue with the directions above in Conway.
While on the way to Lincoln, you could also go further North about 10 miles on I-93 to Franconia Notch (the very heart of the White Mountains) to the "Old Man of the Mountain" at Franconia State Park. Fall foliage is very early at this climate, and I would suspect it has already passed by in Franconia Notch.