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    Hi, could anyone tell me the nearest tentsite to the summit of Mount Washington? I know there is one down on the Great Gulf trail and the Wamsutta, I just don't know exactly where. I am sure the Lakes in the Clouds hut will be full on the 4th.

    Thanks, Chris

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    There is no legal camping on Mount Washington - or anywhere else above tree line for that matter; which, if you have hiked the Presidential Range (or do some google image searching) is most, if not all, of the tops of the range (from ~4000 feet and higher). And with steep sides on most summits, ridges, and trails, camping is usually done in the surrounding ravines. You can stay in the AMC Huts (http://www.outdoors.org/lodging/avai...ilability.main), RMC Huts (http://www.randolphmountainclub.org/...rshelters.html), the Hermit Lake Shelters (http://www.outdoors.org/lodging/camp...ke-shelter.cfm) or other tent sites to the north and the south of the mountain. Hermit Lake is the closest but due to that fact, has the greatest competition, but it has tent sites and lean-to's so you don't need a tent per say if you stay in the lean-tos. The Great Gulf has a few tent sites around but is a much longer hike in and then an even harder (to some) hike up than the surrounding trails, here is a thread with more information: http://www.mountwashington.org/forum...t-Gulf-Camping. In fact, a real quick search about "camping" (using the box in the upper right hand corner of every forum page), brought up several threads about this topic that have been discussed. Some, but not all of them are:

    http://www.mountwashington.org/forum...hlight=camping
    http://www.mountwashington.org/forum...hlight=camping
    http://www.mountwashington.org/forum...hlight=camping
    http://www.mountwashington.org/forum...hlight=camping
    http://www.mountwashington.org/forum...hlight=camping
    http://www.mountwashington.org/forum...hlight=camping

    And there are others if you search them out.

    I would say three big things to consider:
    1. This week, as most weeks in summer, will be packed at both paid sites and the limited few sites that are just off trail just below tree line. So, make reservations or pack up early and claim your spot(s). A lot of places are first come, first serve, so, get there, set up camp, drop the unnecessary weight then continue on. The trail runners are looking for illegal campers and have no problem writing people up.

    2. Mt Washington, especially this time of year and with "good" weather, can easily be done by MOST people in a day from the west or east (most popular way up). If you want to save some pack weight, this might be considered as there is plenty of camping around the White Mountains. This allows you to hike on your own terms without rushing to get a spot or have to worry about punks stealing your stuff while your away.

    3. Please keep an eye on the weather (http://www.mountwashington.org/weath...t_forecast.php). Just like camping threads, there are several threads about forecasting and expectations about weather on here. But, camping or not, weather is another key thing to keep focused on unless you want a possible miserable mountain experience.

    So, I would say, since this topic has been covered plenty of times before with most threads likely providing you with the answers you are looking for, looking over the threads provided may help you. But after some quick reading and searching, you're more than welcome to return with some more specific questions that one of us might be able to help with.

    If we don't hear back from you, good luck and hope you hike safe!
    Ryan Knapp
    Staff Meteorologist/Night Observer, KMWN (Mt Washington Obs., NH)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knapper View Post
    There is no legal camping on Mount Washington - or anywhere else above tree line for that matter; which, if you have hiked the Presidential Range (or do some google image searching) is most, if not all, of the tops of the range (from ~4000 feet and higher). And with steep sides on most summits, ridges, and trails, camping is usually done in the surrounding ravines. You can stay in the AMC Huts (http://www.outdoors.org/lodging/avai...ilability.main), RMC Huts (http://www.randolphmountainclub.org/...rshelters.html), the Hermit Lake Shelters (http://www.outdoors.org/lodging/camp...ke-shelter.cfm) or other tent sites to the north and the south of the mountain. Hermit Lake is the closest but due to that fact, has the greatest competition, but it has tent sites and lean-to's so you don't need a tent per say if you stay in the lean-tos. The Great Gulf has a few tent sites around but is a much longer hike in and then an even harder (to some) hike up than the surrounding trails, here is a thread with more information: http://www.mountwashington.org/forum...t-Gulf-Camping. In fact, a real quick search about "camping" (using the box in the upper right hand corner of every forum page), brought up several threads about this topic that have been discussed. Some, but not all of them are:

    http://www.mountwashington.org/forum...hlight=camping
    http://www.mountwashington.org/forum...hlight=camping
    http://www.mountwashington.org/forum...hlight=camping
    http://www.mountwashington.org/forum...hlight=camping
    http://www.mountwashington.org/forum...hlight=camping
    http://www.mountwashington.org/forum...hlight=camping

    And there are others if you search them out.

    I would say three big things to consider:
    1. This week, as most weeks in summer, will be packed at both paid sites and the limited few sites that are just off trail just below tree line. So, make reservations or pack up early and claim your spot(s). A lot of places are first come, first serve, so, get there, set up camp, drop the unnecessary weight then continue on. The trail runners are looking for illegal campers and have no problem writing people up.

    2. Mt Washington, especially this time of year and with "good" weather, can easily be done by MOST people in a day from the west or east (most popular way up). If you want to save some pack weight, this might be considered as there is plenty of camping around the White Mountains. This allows you to hike on your own terms without rushing to get a spot or have to worry about punks stealing your stuff while your away.

    3. Please keep an eye on the weather (http://www.mountwashington.org/weath...t_forecast.php). Just like camping threads, there are several threads about forecasting and expectations about weather on here. But, camping or not, weather is another key thing to keep focused on unless you want a possible miserable mountain experience.

    So, I would say, since this topic has been covered plenty of times before with most threads likely providing you with the answers you are looking for, looking over the threads provided may help you. But after some quick reading and searching, you're more than welcome to return with some more specific questions that one of us might be able to help with.

    If we don't hear back from you, good luck and hope you hike safe!



    Thank you very much Ryan!

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    Thank you so much for your info. I was looking so hard.

    I heard that there are so many bugs around there. Is there any way to keep away from them? because I have a few issues about insects.

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    Best bet is keep your skin covered with light weight long sleeves and pants but if you prefer to have skin exposed, do your homework on natural or chemical type bug sprays. Bugs in the White Mountains are unavoidable during the warmer months so there is no real way to keep away from them completely. Above tree line, so long as there is wind, they are kept down, but if you hike on a calm day, bugs will be around from base to summit. And if you keep an eye on forums, you can avoid the peak of the Black Fly period, which will bite you no matter what spray you use. The only other option to avoid bugs is to hike during the cold seasons, but that raises a whole other set of needs and concerns...

    Best of luck!
    Ryan Knapp
    Staff Meteorologist/Night Observer, KMWN (Mt Washington Obs., NH)

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    Thanks for your insight Ryan! Very helpful..

    You said it might be possible to drop weight at the camp site/lean-in, are there are places to secure any of the stuff or do I refer to your point #2 - some punk might walk by and steal the stuff, while I a out hiking to the top? How far is the parking lot to the camping site?


    Quote Originally Posted by Knapper View Post
    There is no legal camping on Mount Washington - or anywhere else above tree line for that matter; which, if you have hiked the Presidential Range (or do some google image searching) is most, if not all, of the tops of the range (from ~4000 feet and higher). And with steep sides on most summits, ridges, and trails, camping is usually done in the surrounding ravines. You can stay in the AMC Huts (http://www.outdoors.org/lodging/avai...ilability.main), RMC Huts (http://www.randolphmountainclub.org/...rshelters.html), the Hermit Lake Shelters (http://www.outdoors.org/lodging/camp...ke-shelter.cfm) or other tent sites to the north and the south of the mountain. Hermit Lake is the closest but due to that fact, has the greatest competition, but it has tent sites and lean-to's so you don't need a tent per say if you stay in the lean-tos. The Great Gulf has a few tent sites around but is a much longer hike in and then an even harder (to some) hike up than the surrounding trails, here is a thread with more information: http://www.mountwashington.org/forum...t-Gulf-Camping. In fact, a real quick search about "camping" (using the box in the upper right hand corner of every forum page), brought up several threads about this topic that have been discussed. Some, but not all of them are:

    http://www.mountwashington.org/forum...hlight=camping
    http://www.mountwashington.org/forum...hlight=camping
    http://www.mountwashington.org/forum...hlight=camping
    http://www.mountwashington.org/forum...hlight=camping
    http://www.mountwashington.org/forum...hlight=camping
    http://www.mountwashington.org/forum...hlight=camping

    And there are others if you search them out.

    I would say three big things to consider:
    1. This week, as most weeks in summer, will be packed at both paid sites and the limited few sites that are just off trail just below tree line. So, make reservations or pack up early and claim your spot(s). A lot of places are first come, first serve, so, get there, set up camp, drop the unnecessary weight then continue on. The trail runners are looking for illegal campers and have no problem writing people up.

    2. Mt Washington, especially this time of year and with "good" weather, can easily be done by MOST people in a day from the west or east (most popular way up). If you want to save some pack weight, this might be considered as there is plenty of camping around the White Mountains. This allows you to hike on your own terms without rushing to get a spot or have to worry about punks stealing your stuff while your away.

    3. Please keep an eye on the weather (http://www.mountwashington.org/weath...t_forecast.php). Just like camping threads, there are several threads about forecasting and expectations about weather on here. But, camping or not, weather is another key thing to keep focused on unless you want a possible miserable mountain experience.

    So, I would say, since this topic has been covered plenty of times before with most threads likely providing you with the answers you are looking for, looking over the threads provided may help you. But after some quick reading and searching, you're more than welcome to return with some more specific questions that one of us might be able to help with.

    If we don't hear back from you, good luck and hope you hike safe!

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