Seek the Peak, the event that we The Kilted Hikers wait all year for, was once again upon us. Months of fundraising
had gone well, and now it was time to climb beautiful Mount Washington. Most of us come from far and wide, so
this hike is always an annual treat. The weather was perfect this year with temperatures at the base in the upper
70s, and in the lower 50s on the summit. Winds were variable at 10 to 30 mph, just enough to keep us cool
in the mostly sunny skies of July.
We began the hike at Pinkham Notch around 7am the day before the actual event date. The trails are always a lot
lighter in foot traffic, and it also affords us the next day to enjoy the festivities a bit more. Our route this year would
be Lion Head up, and Tuckerman down.
It didn't take long to reach the junction of Tucks and Lion Head.
On the way up Lion Head, we paused and took in the nice view of the Boott Spur Trail across the ravine.
Foot traffic from other hikers was fairly light, so we were able to make good time without waiting
for others to pass.
One of the antennas on the summit shows us just where we are headed. The trek doesn't
look too bad from this angle, but we still have a ways to go.
Almost there! Now it's time for the wooden steps. Why are they always the hardest
part of the hike up?
We made it! And for those that don't wear kilts, the cooling draft at this point is very
Once on the summit, we met back up with our 5th comrade and his friend who
were hiking down from the northern Presidentials.
After about an hour or so on the summit, with time spent in the company of many good friends, it was time
to head back down via the Tuckerman Ravine Trail. This route, going down the headwall, has one
of the best views on the entire mountain in my opinion.
One look back at the headwall before getting to the Hermit Lake Shelter.
Time for a little R&R before heading back to Pinkham Notch.
Another great hike, with great friends, for a great organization has been accomplished.
One can never get enough of these beautiful mountains! Until next year....
Full set of photos HERE.