This minivan climbed Mt. Washington

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So the old Honda made it up (and down) Mt. Washington. Don’t think we’ll put the giant bumper sticker on the green machine, but it had to earn it. The 7-mile-plus road averages a 12 percent grade with spots over 20 percent. As I said earlier, I can’t imagine racing a bike up it, but they do.

We had a gorgeous day for the drive, but the summit was still shrouded in cloud when we arrived and, at 52 degrees, it was 20 degress cooler than the valley. Even though we took the easy way up, plenty of people at the summit had hiked. Ellie said she wanted to hike it next time, which would be pretty cool. It can take much of the day to get there, but they do offer shuttles down if you don’t want to do the descent.

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As we spent some time on the summit, exploring the restored TipTop House (the old summit lodge) and enjoying the views, the clouds started to boil off.

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As it cleared, we got to see some of Mt. Washington’s wacky weather. Behind the girls, clouds spurt skyward after running into the wall of a ravine.

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They advise you stop a few times on the way down to cool your brakes. We stopped and hiked out at one point. Coming back we spotted this thick vein of quartz in the granite.

All in all I’d recommend the toll road to the summit for anyone with good brakes. It’s a little daunting because it’s so narrow in some points, but the payoff is awe inspiring.

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2 responses to “This minivan climbed Mt. Washington

  1. Sounds like a great trip. I always wanted to go to Mt Washington (not for the race). I guess they cancelled the race this year because of that crazy weather.

    Glad to hear your back is on the mend.

  2. i love mt washington!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111

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