Monroe and Washington

Hiked Monroe and Washington on 8/22/2015 with my cousin John Heydinger. These were peaks 567 and 568 for “The Grid over 60”. The weather was predicted to be in and out of the clouds with a chance of showers, turned out to be a beautiful day with few clouds and no rain in sight. Took the usual loop of the Ammonoosuc Ravine trail to Crawford Path to Gulfside to Jewell Trail. Of course we had to stop and take another picture of Gem Pool.

Gem Pool
Gem Pool

We continued the steep ascent up to the crossing where there always good views.

Looking down the valley with a slight undercast
Looking down the valley with a slight undercast
Looking up to small waterfalls
Looking up to small waterfalls

We continued up to Lakes of the Clouds hut where took a brief water break.

Lakes of the Clouds hut
Lakes of the Clouds hut

After leaving the hut we climbed up Monroe, which is a short hike with only 300 feet of elevation gain.

Mt. Washington Hotel and Bretton Woods from Monroe
Mt. Washington Hotel and Bretton Woods from Monroe
Cog Railway on the first  trip of the day
Cog Railway on the first trip of the day
Looking south from Monroe
Looking south from Monroe

Left the summit of Monroe and went back to the hut where we had a snack and then started up Washington.

Clouds coming up from Ammonoosuc Ravine
Clouds coming up from Ammonoosuc Ravine

Arrived at the summit and ran into cousins Beverly and Ted and Ted’s wife Harriet who had taken the Cog Railway up. We knew they were going to do that but weren’t sure we would see them.

The old coal burning engine and cousin Beverly
The old coal-burning engine and cousin Beverly

There were a lot of people on the summit and about 50 people waiting in line to have there pictures taken with the summit sign.

Waiting for the ride down
Waiting for the ride down

We went inside and I had my PBJ, John had several pieces of chicken and then couldn’t find any floss for his teeth. We started down the Gulfside trail where there are great views of the Northern Presidentials.

Jefferson, Adams and Madison from the Gulfside trail
Jefferson, Adams and Madison from the Gulfside trail

Further down on the Jewell trail there are good views back to Washington.

Washington from the Jewell trail
Washington from the Jewell trail
Waterfall on the Jewell trail
Waterfall on the Jewell trail

Only 8 peaks left to finish “The Grid over 60”.

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