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    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by spyboy

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

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

    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.



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    Quote Originally Posted by WSR88D
    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.
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    [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.

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    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
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    You can also drive to the summit of White Face in NY.



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

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