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Nutmeg Weatherman
11-25-2006, 04:24 PM
Can people just hike up the auto road?

Also can people just hike along the Cog railroad tracks (not on them)?

Bill O
11-25-2006, 04:41 PM
Yes and yes, but not officially. I don't recommend doing either in the summer. You can hike the Auto Road, but it is twice as long as the shortest trail to the summit.

If you decide to follow the Cog Tracks I highly recommend not walking on them. They are covered in some of the nastiest grease man can make. It will ruin your clothes and stick to your boots. Actually, if you are careful you can avoid most of it, but just watch out.

Bill O
11-25-2006, 07:57 PM
I forgot to mention a few things.

One reason people don't follow the Cog tracks is because there is no trail there. It's very important to stay on the trails so you don't cause erosion and kill the alpine plants. Stick to the trails.

People don't use the Auto Road because its just that, a road. There's a highway that runs from Georgia to Maine but most people hike the Appalachian Trail instead.

Both are good escape routes in the winter, but I'd leave it at that.

Mike D
11-25-2006, 09:10 PM
I also would not recommend hiking either the cog or the AR. Both are privately owned and (at least) the Road prohibits hikers. For a better hiking experience I suggest the Ammonoosuc Ravine trail from the Cog side (or the Jewell trail for a longer, more gradual route). From Pinkham notch, I recommend the Tuckerman ravine trail, as the Huntington ravine trail is very, very steep.

fallenrockzone
12-26-2006, 10:03 PM
Huntington is steep, but has some of the best veiws I think.