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    Hello, my name is Dan. I have been really thinking about hiking up Mt. Washington. I have a place near Laconia, I've been to the top via the road before. I'm in good shape and do the Belknap mountain all the time and walk stairs all day at work. In 2004, when I was at a prep school I participated in an Outdoor Education class where we did hikes, canoeing, camping, and other activities. With that being said, I know all about the leave no trace principles. I also understand that being prepared is the most important thing, and I'd be sure to have everything(Just giving details so I can have better details)
    I have been reading the threads and the trail that sounds great to me is the Ammo/Crawford and Jewell loop; it sounds most appealing to what I'd like. My question is: are these trails easy to follow, ie. trail markers, paint markers? Will I know when to cross the streams? etc...any help on this?

    I also plan on doing it solo. I know that might sound iffy to some, but I plan on being fully prepared and beginning bright and early in the morning, that way my ascent and descent is before later afternoon. I also might have someone drive to the top to meet me there to take pictures and stuff. I loved the outdoor ed. course I did, and love going up the Belknap. I'm really doing this for self-achievement. Any comments welcome! Thanks!
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    Generally, trails up Mount Washington are very easy to follow. Below treeline blazes and a lack of trees will guide the way. Above treeline there are large rock cairns and painted blazes. Not to mention really good signage at intersections.
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    Here are pictures of those trails I did with my grandson last summer.

    http://public.fotki.com/bradbradstre..._mtwashdakota/

    It is a nice hike with excellent views - if the weather is good. There is a lot of open exposed trail - so, watching the weather is very important.
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    Hi Dan,
    Yes the Ammo-Jewell loop is your best bet. Its enjoyable for all ages and skills. Keep an eye on the weather, on descent, assuming you descend on Jewell, you get a bit of exposure without any bail-out other trail options.That being said,enjoy!Write a follow-up when you're done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad
    Here are pictures of those trails I did with my grandson last summer.


    It is a nice hike with excellent views - if the weather is good. There is a lot of open exposed trail - so, watching the weather is very important.

    and make sure if the sun is out to have sun blocker ,i know i got a little sun burn
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    Thanks for your replies...and by the way those pictures are beautiful, and I can't wait to see those shots in person. I plan on taking as many pictures as possible also, but of course not any wheres near as good as those ones....What do you think about doing it alone? Like I said I'd be completely prepared, and really want to do it myself anyways. I'm 22, my parents are a little skeptical of me doing it by myself, yet I'd like to have my dad meet me at the top anyways. From what you said about the trails being easy to follow, I feel a lot better now, because that was my main concern. So as long as they're easy to follow and I'll be armed with a trail map, I should be all set. Thanks again...Depending if no other plans come up I'm looking at this Saturday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DanPBD
    Thanks for your replies...and by the way those pictures are beautiful, and I can't wait to see those shots in person. I plan on taking as many pictures as possible also, but of course not any wheres near as good as those ones....What do you think about doing it alone? Like I said I'd be completely prepared, and really want to do it myself anyways. I'm 22, my parents are a little skeptical of me doing it by myself, yet I'd like to have my dad meet me at the top anyways. From what you said about the trails being easy to follow, I feel a lot better now, because that was my main concern. So as long as they're easy to follow and I'll be armed with a trail map, I should be all set. Thanks again...Depending if no other plans come up I'm looking at this Saturday.
    Most likely you won't be alone on the trail. This time of year that trail is very popular, esp. on the weekend. When you get to the hut you will probably see lots of people. Have a great time and be sure to post a trip report and photos for our viewing pleasure!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DanPBD
    Thanks for your replies...and by the way those pictures are beautiful, and I can't wait to see those shots in person. I plan on taking as many pictures as possible also, but of course not any wheres near as good as those ones....What do you think about doing it alone? Like I said I'd be completely prepared, and really want to do it myself anyways. I'm 22, my parents are a little skeptical of me doing it by myself, yet I'd like to have my dad meet me at the top anyways. From what you said about the trails being easy to follow, I feel a lot better now, because that was my main concern. So as long as they're easy to follow and I'll be armed with a trail map, I should be all set. Thanks again...Depending if no other plans come up I'm looking at this Saturday.
    Doing the hike alone is fine. It is not hard or very long. However, if there is a problem, being alone adds to the issues to deal with. I have done it alone - but, I know the trails. And there will be others out there. Personally I would not do a trail I did not know up there alone. After doing it once I might consider it. I have seen too many people get in over their heads and need help.
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    Definitely agree with last two postings. The trails will be crowded enough that you will see people coming up and going down. If you are concerned about weather conditions this will present you with opportunities to inquire what they've been thru and what its like ahead. Stopping at LoC Hut will also give you the opportunity to check weather conditions. You've also taken a good step if hiking alone, and that is informing others (i.e. family)of where you're going and how long you should be gone. Have fun!

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    In some cases I have found that I can send a text message off a cell phone when a voice call may not go through. I let folks in my family know what trails I will be doing if I am going it alone. If my son is around (in NC), I text message to him my status as i hit key junctions as he knows the trails well and can relay the information to others if needed.
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