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Anthonyplt
05-22-2007, 04:10 PM
Hello all,

Can my eight year old son hike from Mizpah Hut to Lake of the Clouds Hut in one day? We hike about 2 - 3 times a month with the Cub Ccouts/family and walk constantly around the neighborhood to stay active. I'll vist EMS for his gear in to hike around early August.

Best regards,
Anthony

Be_Prepared
05-22-2007, 04:51 PM
Can my eight year old son hike from Mizpah Hut to Lake of the Clouds Hut in one day? We hike about 2 - 3 times a month with the Cub Ccouts/family and walk constantly around the neighborhood to stay active. I'll vist EMS for his gear in to hike around early August.


Hopefully it's reasonable, but, if he's having trouble, you can just stay on Crawford path and skip the summit loops for Eisenhower and/or Monroe to save some ups and downs. (Although they are great views.) From Mizpah to Lakes you're going from about 3700 to 5000ft, and about 5.5 miles I think. We're doing that as part of a hike with my son and a friend this summer, but, in reverse, starting at Pinkham Notch and going to Crawford Notch. Are you starting from the Highland Center day one, hiking up to Mizpah? Is it going to be a round trip or a thru hike to somewhere east? Have fun!

climbabout
05-23-2007, 07:50 AM
I would think it would be completely doable - especially if you skip the summit loops - if he is in reasonable shape he should have the physical stamina. Probably just as important though is if he is mentally motivated - if he is, then that's half the battle. When my youngest was 8 we hiked from pinkham to the base of tuckermans bowl and back and he had no problem. When he was 9 he summited Mt Washington via the jewell trail with no problem either. Have fun and good luck.
Tim

Anthonyplt
05-23-2007, 08:31 AM
Thank you for the information!

Anthonyplt
05-23-2007, 03:51 PM
We park at Highland Center at Crawford Notch to hike up to Mizpah spring Hut. We will then hike directly from Mizpah to Lakes of the Clouds Hut the following day. My brother-in -law and nephew are meeting us there (Jeffrey and Mischa at the lake house) - we'll hike up and down MT Washington from Lakes. He'll have his car at the base of Washington and will drive us to our car

Sound like fun!

rockin rex
05-23-2007, 06:11 PM
Yes an 8 year old can do this hike with no problem. This is actually a perfect hike for an 8 year old to do. The huts are alot of fun and the hike is a challange with a GREAT reward at the end. As climbabout mentioned the hike is more mental than physical for an 8 year old. Being above treeline can be alittle intimidating for an 8 year old. Trips with kids on Washington often turn out to be a trip of a lifetime. Enjoy.

KD Talbot
05-23-2007, 09:03 PM
I concur with all that's been said so far. The trip is actually about 4.8 miles and 1650' elevation gain between huts, unless you include the summits of Eisenhower and Monroe, which would add another 700' of elevation gain and make the trip closer to the 5.5 miles Be Prepared mentions. What I would add is this; we are all aware of the chances of inclement weather above treeline, late afternoon downpours and even lightning strikes are possible at this time of year, so I would try to be near the Lakes Hut by early afternoon. I have also had the experience of perfect weather on this trip. It was not unlike crossing a desert. The sun beating down on us with temps near 80 and nowhere to get out of the sun. These conditions are also possible in August. Only the first mile or so from the Mizpah to the Crawford Path offers any shade at all, and this is limited due to the stunted growth of the trees as you approach the summit of Pierce. The rest of the hike is above treeline. Plenty of sunscreen, sunglasses and most importantly, good hydration are essential. That's my 2 cents worth.

KDT

climbabout
05-24-2007, 08:28 AM
KD offers excellent advice as well. Keep in mind the price for all of this is a full trip report! Have fun!
Tim

Anthonyplt
05-24-2007, 09:21 AM
Climbabout, KD Talbot, & rockin rex,

Thanks again for all the information! I'll add this to my growing equipment list.

Best regards,

Anthony

Anthonyplt
08-13-2007, 08:40 PM
How long is the hike from Highland Center at Crawford Notch to Mizpah spring Hut to Lakes and finally to the Top?:o

Steve M
08-13-2007, 10:34 PM
The distance from Mount Clinton Road parking area (which I believe is slightly farther that from the Highland center) to Mount Washington is about 8.4 miles.
Elevation gain is about 4700 feet. It's something like 2.9 miles to Mizpah hut then, including the summits about 5.5 miles.
By the way, I read the earlier posts in this thread and wanted to share with you that my 6 yr. old son and 8 yr. old daughter hiked with me up Tuck's trail, up the headwall crossed over through the Alpine Garden and down Lion's Head Trail which is somewhere around 7 miles and they did great. Sore legs and needing some encouragement...yes, but they loved every minute of it and can't wait to do it again!

Anthonyplt
08-15-2007, 02:38 PM
Thank you for the advise & encouragement! We will be hiking to the top hut to hut this weekend.

Steve M
08-15-2007, 03:37 PM
Thank you for the advise & encouragement! We will be hiking to the top hut to hut this weekend.
Sounds great, have a good trip and don't forget the trip report and pics.

sno_gabe
08-15-2007, 04:37 PM
Last summer me and my son Gabriel, who was six at the time, Hiked up Edmonds path, summited Eisenhower, Monroe, then to Lakes of the Clouds hut. The next morning after breakfast, we hiked around Washington (too cloudy and windy, plus we did that peak the summer before) and summited Jefferson and spent the next night at Madison Springs hut. It took us about seven hours to do seven or so miles. We went at a nice slow pace and he loved it.
http://bigpumpkins.com/Diary/Diaryview.asp?season=2007&grower=40351&action=L
This link should take you to a page with lots of photos from that trip.

Steve M
08-15-2007, 11:12 PM
Last summer me and my son Gabriel, who was six at the time, Hiked up Edmonds path, summited Eisenhower, Monroe, then to Lakes of the Clouds hut. The next morning after breakfast, we hiked around Washington (too cloudy and windy, plus we did that peak the summer before) and summited Jefferson and spent the next night at Madison Springs hut. It took us about seven hours to do seven or so miles. We went at a nice slow pace and he loved it.
http://bigpumpkins.com/Diary/Diaryview.asp?season=2007&grower=40351&action=L
This link should take you to a page with lots of photos from that trip.
I bet you were so proud of him. I know I was of my two. From those pics it looks like you guys had an awesome time. Kids are great! Thanks for sharing and check out my trip photos at the link below.

Brad
08-16-2007, 06:48 AM
Last summer me and my son Gabriel, who was six at the time, Hiked up Edmonds path, summited Eisenhower, Monroe, then to Lakes of the Clouds hut. The next morning after breakfast, we hiked around Washington (too cloudy and windy, plus we did that peak the summer before) and summited Jefferson and spent the next night at Madison Springs hut. It took us about seven hours to do seven or so miles. We went at a nice slow pace and he loved it.
http://bigpumpkins.com/Diary/Diaryview.asp?season=2007&grower=40351&action=L
This link should take you to a page with lots of photos from that trip.
A wonderful set of pictures. What a great time with your son.

Steve M
08-16-2007, 10:22 AM
I bet you were so proud of him. I know I was of my two. From those pics it looks like you guys had an awesome time. Kids are great! Thanks for sharing and check out my trip photos at the link below.
If you want to see our hike up Tuck's here's the specific link:

http://public.fotki.com/wsr88d/new-hampshire/nh-trip-2007/day-eight/

Anthonyplt
05-22-2009, 02:16 PM
Great trip report
thanks

mtruman
05-22-2009, 03:27 PM
Another thing you can consider is skipping Monroe summit on the way to Lakes and then going up later (including after dinner) if you feel up to it. It is a very short hike up from the hut and quite a few people do this. You can also leave your packs at the hut this way. We did that after breakfast before starting out our day in the opposite direction from Lakes to Mizpah and it was really nice. You probably don't need to skip Eisenhower since it is a pretty easy up and down and beautiful from the summit. Our photos from this trip are here (http://picasaweb.google.com/mtruman42/HutToHutPresidentialTraverse?feat=directlink).

One thing to note is that you aren't allowed to park at Highland Center overnight unless you are staying there (which we didn't know until we tried it the first time). Some people do it but it is very crowded in August and it's not worth the risk. You can buy a parking pass at Highland Center or at other AMC locations, WMNF visitor centers and many stores for $5 per week and park in the lot across the street at the Crawford Connector trailhead.

Good luck and have fun! Hope you and your son have a great trip.