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Sherry9091
08-07-2008, 11:40 AM
but... I am planning a trip to n. conway in october. Was wondering besides cog and to drive my own car or *gasp* hike... is there another way to get to the top of mt washington? I have driven in the past, almost had a heart attack and well not in shape of any kind to hike it. Cog just looks too darn scary. Sorry if this has been asked, but I just found this board.

TIA

Sherry

Bill O
08-07-2008, 05:55 PM
For example? Three choices is pretty good.

I'd highly recommend all of those choices. If you're leaning towards one or the other we can all give positives and negatives.

As far as being scared, that's not a valid or logical reason for not doing any of them.

Tim&Val
08-07-2008, 07:14 PM
The Cog is FUN! It takes the scary aspect out, since you're not worried about dumping your car over a cliff :p and you can sit back and enjoy the views!

You could also do a Guided Tour up the auto road if you prefer.

http://www.mountwashingtonautoroad.com/

HAVE FUN!
Valerie

Rich
08-07-2008, 08:02 PM
That drive up is pretty hairy! I would much prefer to skydive to the summit. Pretty cool to come down to 6288'.

KathyC
08-07-2008, 08:11 PM
I've been to the top 3 times, the first time with the Auto road and the other two my brother in law drove up. I don't think I could personally drive it, I'd be too nervous. And as much as I would Love to hike it, I'm a green horn so to speak. I'd highly recommend the auto raod.

I am also going up in October with my sister, the weekend of the 18th which is my Birthday too...:D

I told her without a doubt that I want to go up to meet Marty if I'm lucky enough, I'm treating her to the auto road...:p

mtruman
08-08-2008, 06:26 AM
I've never done the cog but for me going up the auto road (in my own car) was pretty hairy. I definitely prefer hiking. I think that the auto road in one of the "stagecoaches" (vans) would be my way of choice but the cog would also be good. Both will provide great views and are completely safe.

Brad
08-08-2008, 07:05 AM
Several years ago I took my mother up on the Cog and it was great. The views are wonderful (if it ever stops raining). There was never a feeling we were on a ledge - but it was steep. It was a fun ride. My wife has guests coming this fall and they do not get around well. So, the plan is to take them up the Cog. I have never done the Auto Road but hear the word scary a lot about that one.

Steve M
08-08-2008, 07:22 AM
I have driven the auto road around 6 times and It can be unnerving, especially when the guy coming toward you is too scared to stay on his own side of the road, making you get over more than your comfortable with. Anyone afraid of heights would not do well driving the auto road. I would recommend riding in the auto road stage vans and leave the driving to those who are up and down it every day, that way if you get scared you can just close your eyes. The road is very safe though with an excellent safety record in the length of it's existence.

Bretton Woods Brat
08-08-2008, 07:37 AM
Take the Cog... you haven't done that yet. To get there from Conway, you will drive through my favorite, :) Crawford Notch! Read up on the history before you go.
Downside about taking the Cog, you will only get to enjoy the summit for 20 minutes. :(

mtruman
08-08-2008, 09:10 AM
My auto road experience was actually a bit scarier than necessary due to my own absent mindedness. I do have acrophobia and get a bit white knuckled on this kind of road anyway (I've driven the PCH along Big Sur a couple of times and the auto road up Mt Rainier and had the same issue). In this case there was an added factor. We had decided to drive up the auto road (for the first time) and park at the Cow Pasture and hike across the Alpine Garden. We were driving the minivan and about 1/3 of the way up I looked down at the dashboard and the low fuel warning light was on. AAuugggghhhh. Can't turn around now. Am I going to make it!?!? We made it up to the Cow Pasture (which is about 1/2 mile from the summit) with the fuel needle well below empty now. It had occured to me that the incline we were going up might be causing this but that didn't stop me from being freaked out. We went ahead with our hike which turned out to be great. Hard to beat a clear sunny July day in the Alpine Garden. When we got back to the car (without hiking over the summit) I decided to just head back down rather than going the extra mile up to the summit and back. Of course all the instructions say to drive down in low gear and use the brakes minimally. But what if we run out of gas!?!? :eek: No power steering!!! :eek: No power brakes!!! :eek: We might die!!! So - all the way down in neutral with my foot on the brakes. Had to stop at every turnoff and stop for 15 minutes to keep them from catching fire. Of course I'm sure everyone can guess the end result. We got to the bottom just fine and then drove the additional 10 mile to the nearest gas station. Based on what it took to fill the tank it appeared that there were at least 2-3 gallons left. Just another in a lifelong series of my boneheaded moves.

By the way, if you aren't afraid of driving the auto road (and have gas in your tank) the access to the Alpine Garden via the auto road makes for a great hike near the summit without having to do the whole mountain. Probably one of the best ways to get small kids hiking up in the clouds.

Sherry9091
08-08-2008, 09:42 AM
for all your replies. I guess I was asking about "stage vans". I do not want to drive, hike or really cog. My co-worker said there was no other way to go but my own car. I will check out the vans...

thanks

sherry

Steve M
08-08-2008, 09:49 AM
Mark,

Great story! I know the feeling of almost running out of gas. I have done it also at the most inconvenient times though I don't like to admit it.:o Also I'm glad you mentioned the Alpine garden trail being accessible from Cow Pasture parking area. I noticed this while hiking down the Huntington Ravine trail and it is a great way to get in a short hike above tree line without the 2-3 mile hike to get above tree line.


My auto road experience was actually a bit scarier than necessary due to my own absent mindedness. I do have acrophobia and get a bit white knuckled on this kind of road anyway (I've driven the PCH along Big Sur a couple of times and the auto road up Mt Rainier and had the same issue). In this case there was an added factor. We had decided to drive up the auto road (for the first time) and park at the Cow Pasture and hike across the Alpine Garden. We were driving the minivan and about 1/3 of the way up I looked down at the dashboard and the low fuel warning light was on. AAuugggghhhh. Can't turn around now. Am I going to make it!?!? We made it up to the Cow Pasture (which is about 1/2 mile from the summit) with the fuel needle well below empty now. It had occured to me that the incline we were going up might be causing this but that didn't stop me from being freaked out. We went ahead with our hike which turned out to be great. Hard to beat a clear sunny July day in the Alpine Garden. When we got back to the car (without hiking over the summit) I decided to just head back down rather than going the extra mile up to the summit and back. Of course all the instructions say to drive down in low gear and use the brakes minimally. But what if we run out of gas!?!? :eek: No power steering!!! :eek: No power brakes!!! :eek: We might die!!! So - all the way down in neutral with my foot on the brakes. Had to stop at every turnoff and stop for 15 minutes to keep them from catching fire. Of course I'm sure everyone can guess the end result. We got to the bottom just fine and then drove the additional 10 mile to the nearest gas station. Based on what it took to fill the tank it appeared that there were at least 2-3 gallons left. Just another in a lifelong series of my boneheaded moves.

By the way, if you aren't afraid of driving the auto road (and have gas in your tank) the access to the Alpine Garden via the auto road makes for a great hike near the summit without having to do the whole mountain. Probably one of the best ways to get small kids hiking up in the clouds.

Steve M
08-08-2008, 09:52 AM
for all your replies. I guess I was asking about "stage vans". I do not want to drive, hike or really cog. My co-worker said there was no other way to go but my own car. I will check out the vans...

thanks

sherry

Check out this link for details:

http://www.mountwashingtonautoroad.com/Page-25.html

KD Talbot
08-08-2008, 08:04 PM
If I can't hike then this is my preferred method of travel.

http://ghostflowers.com/nhscenics/edutrip3121305/images/04edutrip.jpg

http://ghostflowers.com/nhscenics/edutrip3121305/images/09edutrip.jpg

KDT

Acrophobe
08-08-2008, 08:20 PM
Neat. Me too, then. :)

Can they really make the summit? I wonder how much that snowmobile cost....

KD Talbot
08-08-2008, 09:08 PM
I'm happy to report that very machine has gotten me to and from the summit on a few occasions. :) Always fun!

KDT

Arthur Dent
08-08-2008, 10:21 PM
The only time I was a little uneasy riding up in the cat was several years ago when I was riding in front with Chris and he asked me to get out and tell him where the edge of the road was because he couldn't see it.

Acrophobe
08-08-2008, 10:22 PM
That is really neat indeed. How long does it take? I bet that's even better then hiking it yourself. :)

Was that when you were volunteering up top back in November?

KD Talbot
08-09-2008, 05:48 AM
I've got to ride in it when I've volunteered and done Edu-trips. It usually takes a couple of hours because when I've gone we've taken a pick-up to the 2-mile or 4 mile posts, then switched over to the tractor. It takes a while to move the gear and supplies over. Sometimes there is some plowing to do on the way up.

KDT

Arthur Dent
08-09-2008, 12:09 PM
Taking the cat bottom to top is 1.5 hours on a good day. The longest trip I had was 4.5 hours on a really nasty day. Although it doesn't bother me, you do not want to be in the back with someone who has motion sickness on a trip that long!
135Looking out the back of the cat on a good day going up.

Brad
08-09-2008, 08:31 PM
It looks like and would love to do it. Can not wait for a chance.