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What's the deal with Mt. Washington? I'm clueless.(4 posts)

What's the deal with Mt. Washington? I'm clueless.AUH
Jan 13, 2002 2:12 PM
A few days ago on this board, a guy from NJ asked about good East Coast Climbs to ride other than Mt. Washington.

I've read about as much as I can find on the 'net about the mountain itself and the bike race. I'm from the Southeast so I don't know too much (except that it sounds like a real, um... experience). Those of you who live up there probably laugh at me for even asking about it.

What's the deal about just going and riding it? Are bikes prohibited from sharing the Auto road with cars (except for the race day)? Is it so narrow and traffic-laden that you wouldn't want to try that anyway?

I understand the weather conditions on it are really wild. Is it completely unreasonable to try and ride it anytime other than Summer? A good part of the road is unpaved. Is it very hard to maintain traction up the slope?

Anyone ever just hiked up the foot trail? Is that any fun?

A lot of questions, I know. Any other comments or stories you can share would be great.

Thanks.
re: What's the deal with Mt. Washington? I'm clueless.firstrax
Jan 13, 2002 2:52 PM
I hike it, snowboard it and this year I am going to cycle it. Its the ultimate playground up here in NH. The road is closed to bikes except for race day and you cant ride back down. You need someone to drive you down. Allowing bikes is too much of a liability (its a private road). Weather changes fast and I have seen snow fly in August. Mt. Washington only has 2 season, 4th of july and winter.
Heres some links if anyone wants to learn more
http://www.tinmtn.org/hillclimb/index.cfm
http://mountwashington.org
a neighbor of mine who's over 60 does that raceBarnyard
Jan 13, 2002 3:31 PM
But other than that, he says it's illegal to ride up Mt Washington. He tells me that the only way to ride up mt Washington is to do a full moon ascent, and when you see the lights of the Ranger's vehicles, you run in the woods and hide.
a neighbor of mine who's over 60 does that racefirstrax
Jan 13, 2002 4:20 PM
"and when you see the lights of the Ranger's vehicles, you run in the woods and hide."
After the first 3 miles there are no woods.