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spyboy
05-12-2007, 08:50 PM
While I'm not fond of auto roads (because of the paving and pollution it brings up to the top) they can have their benefits...

My roommate is handicapped and cannot hike (he walks with a walker/crutch or is sometimes in a wheelchair).

In the fall we drove up the Pack Monadnock auto road.

What other auto roads are out there in NH and nearby (VT, ME, MA)

And yes, I know about Mt Washington's auto road :)

Kirk

Steve M
05-12-2007, 09:37 PM
And yes, I know about Mt Washington's auto road :)

Kirk

Aww, man, and I thought we kept that one a secret!!:p

Not sure if you know about the road to the top of Cathedral Ledge but that is quite cool. It's Just out from North Conway.

KD Talbot
05-12-2007, 09:43 PM
I understand you can drive to the top of Mansfield in Vermont, though I've never done it. I have driven to the top of Greylock in Massachusetts and Cadillac in Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island in Maine. Awesome views from both, but they're way more fun to climb. Maybe you could push his wheelchair up? If you're not up for that you could at least let him ride it back down! Yes, I'm a sick man, but you never know, he might like the idea. Those things have brakes, don't they? I never pushed my dad up a mountain, but I did push him all over in his last few years.
KDT

Bill O
05-13-2007, 08:18 AM
Kevin stole mine. I've been up the Mount Mansfield road. Its still a 10-15 minute hike to the summit from that road.

I know its out of your range, but Mount Whiteface in New York has an auto road. From the highest parking lots you take an elevator dug into the mountain to the summit.

Further afield Pikes and Mount Elbert in Colorado both have roads to their 14,000'+ summits.

Steve M
05-13-2007, 09:01 AM
http://images7.fotki.com/v151/photos/1/1138397/4928186/castlecraig031-vi.jpg?1179061188 OK, Bill, if you are going all the way to Colorado then I'm going to Connecticut. There is Meriden Mountain in Meriden CT. It has a road to the top which ends at a parking lot and a short, fairly smooth rist to a tower constructed with stones. It has great views of southern CT. and on good days you can see Long Island Sound.

Brad
05-13-2007, 10:08 AM
There is an auto road to the top of Pilot Mt in NC just north of Winston-Salem. A wee bit out of your way - but is very well done for the non-hikers.

http://images24.fotki.com/v853/photos/8/8235/4409186/CRW_0969-vi.jpg

Full set of pictures are at http://public.fotki.com/bradbradstreet/hikes/2006_hikes/pilot-mt

Steve M
05-14-2007, 07:33 PM
http://images7.fotki.com/v151/photos/1/1138397/4928186/castlecraig031-vi.jpg?1179061188 OK, Bill, if you are going all the way to Colorado then I'm going to Connecticut. There is Meriden Mountain in Meriden CT. It has a road to the top which ends at a parking lot and a short, fairly smooth rist to a tower constructed with stones. It has great views of southern CT. and on good days you can see Long Island Sound.
The link I provided above is no good. Use this one, It's mo better!
http://dupontcastle.com/castles/craig.htm

Patrad Fischroy
05-14-2007, 10:08 PM
[QUOTE=Further afield Pikes and Mount Elbert in Colorado both have roads to their 14,000'+ summits.[/QUOTE]
Bill, you got Pikes peak right, but it is Mt Evans that has the road to the peak. Up from Idaho Springs. And there is Trail Ridge Rd in Rocky Mtn National Park.

Joey Keyz
05-14-2007, 11:26 PM
Mt. Kearsarge (Exit 10 off I 89 to Winslow State Park) is nice. It's doesn't take you all the way to the summit, but very close. It's 2.2 miles of beautiful scenic road through the mountain and pine forest, with half a dozen stops / viewing areas. You then reach the trail head or parking lot which has a wonderful view also, with picnic tables and restrooms. The cost is only $2.50 per person to use the road, but it sure is worth it.

Don't forget Sabbaday Falls, on the Kancamagus highway. It's not an auto road but it's built so the handicap can get to see the amazing waterfalls. http://www.localhikes.com/Hikes/SabbadayFalls_0000.asp

tkahike
05-14-2007, 11:37 PM
You can also drive to the summit of White Face in NY (http://www.whiteface.com/newsite/summer/highway.php).

http://www.tkahike.net/jacksstour2006_files/image040.jpg

It has a cool elevator cut into the rock at the top.

For some more pics click here (http://www.tkahike.net/jacksstour2006.html) and scroll down

Brad
05-15-2007, 06:24 AM
Grandfather Mt in NC is a fun place to drive up to.
http://www.grandfather.com/

We did an office hike a couple years ago and I got one of my favorite pictures there. The whole set from that hike are at http://public.fotki.com/bradbradstreet/hikes/2005_hikes/09_grandfather/

http://images103.fotki.com/v426/photos/8/8235/2633353/IMG_9171a-vi.jpg

Be_Prepared
05-21-2007, 07:15 PM
In addition to the toll road mentioned to the top of Mt Mansfield in VT, you can take a Gondola ride almost to the top on Mansfield. I think that someone who can use a walker would be ok, probably not a wheelchair. The views going up are pretty spectacular.