MOUNT WASHINGTON DESCRIPTION
The highest peak in New England and known worldwide for its outrageous weather.
At 6288 feet, Mount Washington is the highest peak in New England. The mountain is part of the Presidential Range of White Mountains in New Hampshire. Bring family members along; the ride up the Mount Washington Auto Road is exciting, the views from the top at the Mount Washington Observatory are spectacular, and a ride on the Cog Railway is always fun.
Due to its erratic and sometimes extreme weather, the mountain is only flyable a few days each year.
Meeting Place: Auto Road parking lot
Coordinates: 44.288285, -71.226587
Arrange for someone to drive the vehicle back down. Carpool with as many pilots as possible. Pay vehicle and people fees and enjoy the drive up.
Unload in the parking lot.
Mostly thermal soaring although some light easterly days are ridge soarable. Many days cloud base is below the summit and launch.
Pilot must have an H4/P4 or higher rating. Respect the rare and fragile ecosystem that calls this hellish environment home. There is a “no-fly zone” above the Great Gulf wilderness area. This is a 5,500 acre ravine north of Ball and Nelson crags and east of Mount Clay and Jefferson. It can be seen to the right (north) of the auto road as you are headed up above the timberline.
Its Mount Washington! The weather can be extreme so expect the unexpected.
Wind speed and direction can change quickly.
Clouds can quickly engulf the mountain.
Weather at the top and bottom can be very different. It can be light east on launch and strong south in the valley below.
Rotor conditions can quickly develop as winds change. Watch the smoke from the Cog Railway engine for a true sign of the prominent wind direction on top.