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!