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Seek the Peak Guide - select this file for a pdf guide to Seek the Peak!

Trail Information

There are many trails ascending Mount Washington, each offering a slightly different experience. People often ask what the "best" trail is, but the answer to that is a matter of opinion—ask five different hikers and you'll get five different answers!

To choose the route that's best for you, we recommend purchasing a quality guidebook like the Appalachian Mountain Club's White Mountain Guide, and using its maps (included) and trail descriptions to devise a route that fits your ambitions. For additional guidance, you may also find it helpful to call the Appalachian Mountain Club—the area's hiking experts—directly at their Pinkham Notch Visitor Center: (603) 466-8116.

If all you need is a map, we offer several in our online shop. (Sorry; we can't post maps on our website, as that would be copyright infringement.) You will also find many maps for purchase on ems.com and in your local Eastern Mountain Sports store or other outdoor retailer. A good map is well worth a $10 investment.

Remember: There is no "easy" way up Mount Washington, but you don't have to hike to the summit. There are many, many trail options in the area. If you are unsure of your ability to make it to the top, choose an alternative hike or simply go part way up—there's no sense in hurting yourself or missing the after party because you tried to hike beyond your abilities. Seek the Peak is all about having fun and simply enjoying a great day in the mountains!

Hiker Safety Information

Mount Washington is a real mountain, with real, inherent risks. Visit Hike Safe to learn how to properly prepare for an enjoyable experience on the northeast's tallest peak!

Fundraising Help

Make posters: Download this poster, fill in your name, and hang it at your work, school, church, or anywhere else you frequent.

Be a hometown superstar: Send an announcement to your local newspaper about your participation in Seek the Peak and drum up some local contributions. Here is a sample press release that you can use to get things started. 
Offline Fundraising

If you prefer fundraising the "old fashioned" way by collecting cash or checks, you must input the donations in the "Your Fundraising" tab of your FirstGiving account dashboard, then mail your donations to the Observatory. All checks should be made out to Mount Washington Observatory and mailed to:

Mount Washington Observatory
ATTN: Seek the Peak
PO Box 2310
North Conway, NH 03860

Note: We determine incentive and prize eligibility on Friday, July 21, 2017, so any donations you collect offline must be received by us by Friday, July 21. Please do not send cash through the mail; we recommend depositing cash donations and writing a check for the total.


Seek the Peak is the nation's premier hiking event, and there's a whole lot of buzz goin' on. Visit the Seek the Peak event on the Mount Washington Observatory Facebook page to ask questions, meet other hikers, check out photos and see what people are saying!


For a list of area lodging options, view our lodging partners page.


The Friday registration and kick-off party are located at the Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center, 2779 White Mountain Highway, North Conway, NH 03860.

The Saturday after party is located at the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road. This large, open field doesn't have an address, but if you type "Glen House, NH" into Google maps it will take you to the exact location! GPS coordinates are -71.22580 Long., 44.28850 Lat.



Thousands of dollars in gear is up for grabs!

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Hike Safe

Whether you choose to hike to the summit of Mount Washington or an alternative, be safe.

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Presented by Eastern Mountain Sports

Presented by Eastern Mountain Sports

Eastern Mountain Sports is an Observatory partner and presenting sponsor for Seek the Peak 2016.

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