View Full Version : Huntington Ravine

04-10-2010, 11:02 PM
I was just curious me and my husband were talking today about different hikes to take up to Mount Washington. Does anyone know if anyone has ever tried to descend Huntington Ravine, if so would love to hear about it.:)

Bill O
04-11-2010, 08:29 AM
People do it all the time. Not recommended in the rain.

04-11-2010, 08:41 AM
People do it, but it's definitely not recommended. Going down steep slabs is not a great proposition. Tough enough going up...

04-22-2010, 10:47 PM
Bad idea, but people do it. My friend went down in the rain and fell and broke his wrist.

04-24-2010, 10:18 PM
I was hoping to get more response's to my post. I was looking more of a description of someone's hike that did this before.

04-25-2010, 06:27 AM
People do it but the only time I have come close to doing it was carrying ropes down to the top of it so State Park could help someone out who fell down it going down it on a dry day. Personally, I have no desire to go down it after seeing the results of that person. But it can be done. But I would say it is more of an "up" trail than a "down" trail in my opinion.

Bill O
04-25-2010, 07:50 AM
I was hoping to get more response's to my post. I was looking more of a description of someone's hike that did this before.

A description going up or going down? Only a handful of people on this forum have actually hiked Huntington and all did it going up. I can go into more detail about the up direction if you want.

04-25-2010, 02:49 PM
i like way Ryan put it " I have no desire to go down it after seeing the results of that person "
that sums it up for me :D

Bill O
04-25-2010, 06:45 PM
It's a bit like saying descending Mount Everest is a bad idea. Climbing ability and experience have to be considered before judging whether or not its a good idea.

But yes, for the average hiker it is a bad idea.

04-25-2010, 08:19 PM
Going up Huntington requires a comfort level with exposed ledges and in one area the ability to pull yourself up a steeply pitched rock face. Very doable for experienced hikers. Going down is another story.

As mentioned in this thread I would not even attempt it in anything but ideal conditions (little wind and dry), but even if conditions are excellent you should have some technical experience. The footing can be a bit tricky with loose rock up top as you descend and the fan is tough enough going up that going down is something I dread. I would also suggest a small pack that is tight to your back so shifting weight won't throw you off balance at the wrong time.

If you haven't climbed Jefferson, I would suggest going down the caps ridge trail which in comparison is a walk in the park. If you are comfortable with that find someone who has done the descent of Huntington and invite them along for company. Having someone familiar with the trail can go a long way to having a safe and enjoyable trip. As there is still a fair amount of snow and ice above tree line, if you decide to give it a go, I would suggest July or August for the hike.

05-07-2010, 04:21 PM
You might find these trip reports interesting:

ROT 05/01/10 Annettes Climb- Tuckerman's Ravine http://rocksontop.com/rocks/viewtopic.php?t=7022

ROT 01/26/10 Yale Gully in Huntington Ravine http://rocksontop.com/rocks/viewtopic.php?t=6709

ROT 01/17/10 Mt. Washington Pinnacle gully http://rocksontop.com/rocks/viewtopic.php?t=6664

VFTT 12/07/09 Mt. Washington: Central Gully Huntington Ravine http://viewsfromthetop.com/forums/showthread.php?t=33542

VFTT 11/14/09 Mt. Washington Huntington Ravine 11-13-09 http://viewsfromthetop.com/forums/showthread.php?t=33200

VFTT 09/20/09 Washington and Monroe (Up Huntington Ravine Down Boot Spur) http://viewsfromthetop.com/forums/showthread.php?t=32379

VFTT 09/05/09 Mt Washington - up Huntington Ravine down Lion Head http://viewsfromthetop.com/forums/showthread.php?t=32107

ROT 08/02/09 Huntington and Hot Dogs http://rocksontop.com/rocks/viewtopic.php?t=6069

VFTT 07/26/09 Huntingtons Ravine Trail Mt Washington http://viewsfromthetop.com/forums/showthread.php?t=31368

VFTT 07/15/09 Washington: Huntington & Tucks http://viewsfromthetop.com/forums/showthread.php?t=31215

ROT 07/06/09 Whackin' Washington Raymond Cataract http://rocksontop.com/rocks/viewtopic.php?t=5977

ROT 06/16/09 1st Solo on Adams and Madison http://rocksontop.com/rocks/viewtopic.php?t=5890

ROT 06/07/09 Family hike up Huntington http://rocksontop.com/rocks/viewtopic.php?t=5868

ROT 04/12/09 Mt. Washington Central gully http://rocksontop.com/rocks/viewtopic.php?t=5636

VFTT 08/17/08 Mt. Washington up Huntington Ravine/down Lion Head http://viewsfromthetop.com/forums/showthread.php?t=24567

VFTT 07/26/08 Huntington Ravine Alpine Garden Lions Head http://viewsfromthetop.com/forums/showthread.php?t=24042

ROT 07/14/08 Tuckermans Ravine So this is non-winter hiking in the Whites. http://rocksontop.com/rocks/viewtopic.php?t=4689

VFTT 06/22/08 Raymond Path from Huntington Ravine Trail http://viewsfromthetop.com/forums/showthread.php?t=23353

ROT 04/16/08 Yale Gully - Huntington Ravine http://rocksontop.com/rocks/viewtopic.php?t=4282

VFTT 10/25/07 Mt. Washington Huntington Ravine http://www.viewsfromthetop.com/trail/nh/1955.html

VFTT 10/06/07 Huntington Ravine Trail http://www.viewsfromthetop.com/trail/nh/1905.html

VFTT 08/20/07 huntington ravine http://www.viewsfromthetop.com/trail/nh/1659.html

VFTT 08/05/07 Washington Huntington Ravine (up) Lion Head (down) http://www.viewsfromthetop.com/trail/nh/1576.html

VFTT 08/05/07 Washington Huntington Ravine (up) Lion Head (down) http://www.viewsfromthetop.com/trail/nh/1575.html

VFTT 08/04/07 Mount Washington Huntington Ravine http://www.viewsfromthetop.com/trail/nh/1572.html

VFTT 06/08/07 Washington Summit Huntington Ravine (Date Estimated) http://www.viewsfromthetop.com/trail/nh/1189.html

VFTT 05/28/07 Mt Washington Tuckerman Left Gully and Huntington Ravine Trail http://www.viewsfromthetop.com/trail/nh/1127.html

VFTT 05/06/07 Huntington http://www.viewsfromthetop.com/trail/nh/874.html

VFTT 04/28/07 Mt. Washington Central Gully (Huntington Ravine) http://www.viewsfromthetop.com/trail/nh/801.html

VFTT 04/20/07 West Huntington Hancock Notch Trail and bushwhack http://www.viewsfromthetop.com/trail/nh/734.html

VFTT 02/12/07 Huntington W pk trail and bw http://www.viewsfromthetop.com/trail/nh/215.html

VFTT 01/27/07 Huntington E Pk bw http://www.viewsfromthetop.com/trail/nh/64.html

VFTT 09/11/06 Mt. Washington Huntington Ravine Tr. http://www.viewsfromthetop.com/trail/nh/6637.html

VFTT 08/05/06 Washington Huntington Lion's Head Tuckerman's (Date Estimated) http://www.viewsfromthetop.com/trail/nh/6445.html

05-07-2010, 09:07 PM
So is this curiosity or because you want to do it? Can't imagine why anyone who hasn't done Huntington's would want to try it going down first (and for that matter try it going down at all). Just wondering...

05-18-2010, 10:01 PM
mtruman, i was just really curious i would never try hiking up or down huntingtons ravine have no desire to try it. I was just really curious because i heard how difficult it is. Also thank you everyone for all the replies.

05-18-2010, 10:02 PM
Kimball, thank you for all the sites you sent can't wait to read them all. Thank's again.:)

07-13-2010, 01:26 AM
Hello everyone! Found this thread while researching Huntington's Ravine, thinking about going up HR and down Tuckerman's ravine. I'm sort of a MW newbie (only as far as Lakes of the Clouds hut in high school), so I'm not too familiar with the terrain but have the AMC guide in hand. I've hiked some of the moderately strenuous trails in the Sierras and Yosemite over the past year, but I'm not sure about whether the HR trail would be a good pick (though it sounds interesting). What sort of skill set is needed on the rock slopes? Equipment you'd consider a must-have? I have NO desire to descend by this route, but my left knee is likely to be a problem on the way down regardless of the trail - am I better off picking another ascent route? Thanks! :)

Bill O
07-13-2010, 08:50 PM
I say go for it (as long as you are confident your knee can hold up for the descent). Many others will disagree, but climbing mountains isn't supposed to be easy.

I'd say the most difficult part of HR is the route finding. It's very easy to lose the trail on the fan and the lower headwall. Just keep your eyes on the blazes and cairns. When you are staring up at the route from the bottom of the ravine its easy to be intimidated but the steep slabs and cliffs. Just know that there is a safe system of ledges and ramps.

rockin rex
07-13-2010, 08:51 PM
I have a H.R. decal on my jersey car so thought I might give a shot at answering this. H.R. is not a rock climb that you need ropes by any means unless you go off trail and that is what you are looking for. The problem is that above the Fan the trail turns into slabs and some people find walking up steep slabs very unnerving. To start the slabs you have to jump over water and right from the start if your feet are wet the slabs are even more difficult. The other issue is that once you start on the slabs there is no way to really turn around and go back. I have gone up Huntington quite a few times and loved it but I have NEVER gone down nor do I ever plan to. I have seen people that have come down and there is not much left to the seat of their pants. In good weather if people are into a challenge I would try Huntington. You just have to be comfortable on slabs.