PDA

View Full Version : How Far Do You Drive?



Bill O
02-27-2007, 06:04 PM
Just wondering how far everyone drives to climb Mount Washington? Are you just down the road or several hours down the interstate?

I'm about 320 miles, 5 hours if I don't stop.

Brad
02-27-2007, 07:26 PM
888 miles each way

That is Durham, NC to my cabin in Maine for a night's sleep then over to Pinkham. I do this 2-3 times a year for the hike.

KD Talbot
02-27-2007, 09:20 PM
I thought my drive was a long one, but I never really thought about how long you guys must drive. It's about 120 from Kingston, NH.
KDT

Brad
02-27-2007, 09:29 PM
I thought my drive was a long one, but I never really thought about how long you guys must drive. It's about 120 from Kingston, NH.
KDT
Ha, I used to work in Westchester County, NY. I drove home to Maine (6 hours each way) every weekend for 11 years. Now that I work in Raleigh, NC I drive home once a month in the winter - and every other weekend in the summer.

One might ask why not fly. Every time I have tried it I could have gotten there faster by driving. Many times I will head north mid-afternoon on Thursday and head south (with a Mt Washington hike on the weekend) on Monday afternoon. It just means there are 2 nights in the weekend I do not get any sleep. But, it is worth it! I am looking forward to retirement to slow down a bit.

rockin rex
02-27-2007, 10:43 PM
From Wayne just a quick trip up. When younger use to leave early, climb the rock and be home before midnight same day. Now that I am older and wiser usally a trip up in the afternoon a stop at the moat for a beer and GREAT food and then a nice sleep in the pinkhame parking lot. In the morning climb to the top, back to the car by 1:00 and off to home. I enjoy having breakfast at Pinkham before I climb. Usally I am home by dinner with a great story to tell the family. five hours to me is close but would love to live 5 minutes.

tkahike
02-28-2007, 12:46 AM
Takes me 6-7 hrs. However I go up 87 and cut across VT through Rutland, stopping off at a few favorite places for lunch in Killington. I've come to a point in my life, that is all about the journey.

WeatherKeeper
02-28-2007, 01:59 AM
Guess I will not complain about my 2 1/2 hour drive north :)

Rich
02-28-2007, 07:19 AM
WAY too far!! 300 miles, 4 1/2 hours without stopping and no traffic.

I'm still at the age where I just want to get there...:D

climbabout
02-28-2007, 07:38 AM
5-1/2 hours each way from southwestern Connecticut assuming no major traffic delays. I usually go up the day before for a good nights sleep, but have many times driven home from pinkham notch the same day as climbing - although, not so much anymore - older usually means smarter.
Tim

rockin rex
02-28-2007, 08:50 AM
stopping off at a few favorite places for lunch in Killington

Nothing like the access road. Mother Shapiros has best food. Long trail Inn best Bar.

Gorque
02-28-2007, 09:19 AM
Just shy of a tank of gas at highway mileages or about 350 miles and about 5 to 6 hours of travel time.

mk10
02-28-2007, 11:56 AM
500 miles, about 9-10 hours drive from WNY.

Leave on Friday, arrive late at N.Conway, get a bit of rest, climb up Sat morning, down in the afternoon, hang out in N.Conway Sat night, get a good night's rest, leave Sun morning and back at home Sun night.

I can't think of a better better way to spend my weekend.

bruno
02-28-2007, 12:21 PM
165 miles door to pinkham. shorter if'n i climb that rascal from da west!!! and then i plant my redneck self at da bar at moat mountain and drink. a lot.:D :eek:

good times!!!!!!!:) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

davidhowland14
02-28-2007, 12:33 PM
im about 4 hours, around 300 miles or so. depends on traffic. well worth it though

Charlie
02-28-2007, 04:38 PM
:mad: 500 mi and 9 to 10 hr way to far :mad: :mad:

but i get up there one time a year :D could be 0 times :eek:

Bill O
02-28-2007, 05:16 PM
Certainly makes me feel better about my long drive.

Southwest CT guys, where do you live? PM me if you don't want to list it here. I'm in Norwalk, grew up in Darien.

freehill
02-28-2007, 07:21 PM
Wow some of you come from a ways away!
I am from Tilton NH about 70 Miles to the Notch,
Trail head. Tux to lions head is my most popular way up the Mt.
I am proud to be a sponser of the Great MWO! and Mt Washington.
I think the Sunrise and Set video are priceless. VERY NICE JOB!
Can't wait to STP and am starting to raise money for my sponsership.
I have a small retail store and have made some nice Hiker Outline stickers
for $$ to give to STP.
Thanks for asking the question!!
Rick

climbabout
02-28-2007, 09:04 PM
From the great metropolis of Newtown

Rich
02-28-2007, 09:04 PM
Certainly makes me feel better about my long drive.

Southwest CT guys, where do you live? PM me if you don't want to list it here. I'm in Norwalk, grew up in Darien.


Bill, I'm in Monroe...grew up in Westport.

Hey, I can give you directions if you want to hand deliver my new 8X10 photo from your gallery...that I'm about to win! ;) (hehehe)

Brad
02-28-2007, 09:29 PM
From the great metropolis of Newtown
Hmmmm, exit #10 on I-84. went by there the other day (Maine to NC).

They still have the flagpole in the middle of the street?

tkahike
03-01-2007, 01:43 AM
Nothing like the access road. Mother Shapiros has best food. Long trail Inn best Bar.

Yup to name a few. The Long Trail is a great stop over for the AT. We usually make it a point to eat at the Gristmill or breakfast down at the Suger Shack.

Sorry MA guys, I just can't stand driving 84- :lol

Also it never saves us anytime.

Gorque
03-01-2007, 09:19 PM
Are any of you folks from SW CT go by the name of Coleman? IF so, PM me. :)

Steve M
03-02-2007, 01:33 AM
Well, let see. According to yahoo maps, it's 1498 miles from my front door to the Glen House. Which takes approx. 24 hrs. and 50 mins. non stop of course. A drive we make once a year.

climbabout
03-02-2007, 07:55 AM
Brad - The flagpole is still flying the colors proudly - every once in a while some yahoo decides to make an issue that a flagpole in the middle of main street is a safety hazard. We even have a large "summer" flag and a small "winter" flag. It's front page news every spring when the flag is changed.
Tim

Brad
03-02-2007, 12:06 PM
Well, let see. According to yahoo maps, it's 1498 miles from my front door to the Glen House. Which takes approx. 24 hrs. and 50 mins. non stop of course. A drive we make once a year.
Wow - that is quite a trek. I am looking to head to maine for a weekend March 17-18. It would be nice to get back into Tux then to take pictures ...

Doctor Ingenious
03-12-2007, 09:31 PM
I'm not sure on the distance but it's an hour flight or ten hour drive.

duane
03-24-2007, 06:47 PM
I drive about 12 hours 2-3 times a year from Pittsburgh to climb in the Whites. My daughter is going to UNH next year so I should be around more often.

Steve M
03-25-2007, 12:23 PM
Cool, I should send my Son and Daughter to college in NH then I could be there more often. Too bad I have to wait about 10 years!:(

mplumbw
04-01-2007, 01:42 PM
at least once a year from Rhode Island :)

AlpineHikerFan71
04-02-2007, 11:17 AM
Nonstop and no traffic a little over 2 hours, alot better than it was driving from Baltimore the last few years when I lived down there
NH is it:)

donnellyvj
04-05-2007, 01:18 PM
It takes just over 3 hours from Rutland, VT! I can leave work at 5:00pm and be at Hermits at 10:15pm- 10:30pm with no stops.

spyboy
05-07-2007, 04:17 PM
A little over 100 miles from Manchester, NH up 93 to the base of the cog side.

Kirk

Brad
05-07-2007, 06:16 PM
A little over 100 miles from Manchester, NH up 93 to the base of the cog side.

Kirk
Wow, am I jealous!

Sent from NC

Joey Keyz
05-08-2007, 06:21 AM
I'm in Concord, NH.....so a bit over 100 miles.
Hey, what ever it takes right? http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y209/joeykeyz/Symbols/CLAP.gif

Sometimes I hike down here, but it's not the same.
Ya gotta be in the Whites for something good. IMHO

Steve M
05-08-2007, 07:30 PM
I'm in Concord, NH.....so a bit over 100 miles.
Hey, what ever it takes right? http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y209/joeykeyz/Symbols/CLAP.gif

Sometimes I hike down here, but it's not the same.
Ya gotta be in the Whites for something good. IMHO

Yeah, I KNOW the feelin'

spyboy
05-09-2007, 08:26 PM
I do the "nature trails" around Manchester (I live across the street from the Cedar Swamp Preserve) or bike on the railtrails (my days of mountain biking are over thanks to 18 years of snowboarding).


I'm in Concord, NH.....so a bit over 100 miles.
Hey, what ever it takes right? http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y209/joeykeyz/Symbols/CLAP.gif

Sometimes I hike down here, but it's not the same.
Ya gotta be in the Whites for something good. IMHO

Patrad Fischroy
05-10-2007, 09:24 AM
There used to be some nice trails out by Lake Massabesic, and then the rail trail that went out East to Raymond at least. But I left the area in '94 so i am not familiar with it any more.

spyboy
05-10-2007, 02:17 PM
The Massabesic trail is still there, it's not paved, but gets alot of use from runners and dog walkers. And snowmobiles in the winter.

I know this is going "off topic" but a friend of mine and I started a rail trail bike group on meetup.com, the link to it is www.railtrailexplorers.com - we're trying to find and ride as many rail trails in NH (or other states), because he's handicapped and can't access single track or steep stuff, only wide packed gravel, but preferrably paved trails. He rides a PedalCoupe (www.pedalcoupe.com)

anyway, sign up on the group, we need more suggestions for places to ride :)

Kirk

Patrad Fischroy
05-11-2007, 10:51 AM
Will do, one place to check out is in New Paltz, NY there is a rail trail there and in addition there are some other fairly gentle old carriage trails at Mohonk, just West of there on US 44-55. There are also a few other railtrails on the Eastern side of the Hudson in New York as well.