Join us for a naturalist-friendly hike up to the Alpine Gardens on Mount Washington's east face. This trail runs 1,000 below the summit and passes through some of the best wildflower gardens in the northeast, and includes some rare flower species indigenous to this area alone. We will start in Pinkham Notch and tackle a difficult climb to the Alpine Gardens Trail. Here, we will enjoy great views, and pass by the upper reaches of both Huntington and Tuckerman's ravines, where someone will say "People SKI that?" with both disbelief and reverence. This hike is more for casual observers of nature than peak-baggers! Bring your flower ID books, and be prepared to take time for photos and a leisurely lunchtime in the gardens. It is also for more experienced hikers, since both the ascent and descent will be quite difficult in places, and will have you wondering if you did, in fact, pack Advil. Attendees must be comfortable with unstable footing, steep trails and exposed conditions. Extreme weather or threat of thunderstorms will cancel, or re-route. Details to be provided to approved attendees in advance.
Over 30 years' hiking & backpacking experience. Current Wilderness First Responder certification. AMC trip leader.