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Best Hikes in Pinkham Notch: Boott Spur to Lion Head

July 20, 2016

Hiking Mt. Washington

Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire. Basecamp for hikers seeking to climb mighty Mount Washington and once home to legendary AMC hutmaster, Joe Dodge. It’s a magical place teeming with natural beauty and boundless options for outdoor adventure.

One epic, view-packed hike is the Boott Spur to Lion Head loop. This 8.3-mile, +3,900′ challenge-of-a-hike is known for its heady views of Mount Washington and panoramas into Tuckerman Ravine. C’mon and take a virtual hike with us!

  1. Roll out of bed at Joe Dodge Lodge (teeth brushing optional – your secret is safe with us).
  2. Grab breakfast (and your trail lunch).
  3. Say hello to the friendly folks at the Visitor Center Trails Desk and ask them any questions you may have.
  4. Gear up and pack your bag with the 10 essentials.
  5. Hit the trail!

Map of Tuckerman Ravine

The 8.3-mile hike leaves Pinkham Notch Visitor Center/Joe Dodge Lodge on the Tuckerman Ravine Trail. Image courtesy White Mountain Guide Online (start your free trial >>)

0.3 miles – Crystal Cascade

2.1 miles – View of Mount Washington from Harvard Rock

2.4 miles – Split Rock

Split Rock, Boot Spur Trail

3.3 miles – Boott Spur Summit

Boot Spur Summit

View of Southern Presidentials from Boott Spur Summit

3.9 miles – Lawn Cutoff Trail

5.0 miles – Lion Head

Tuckerman Ravine in Summer

5.9 miles – Intersection of Lion Head Trail (summer route) and Tuckerman Ravine Trail

Tuckerman Ravine Trail, NH

8.3 miles – Return to Joe Dodge Lodge

Joe Dodge Lodge in Pinkham Notch

Time for some R&R! Those Adirondack chairs are looking mighty fine right about now.

What’s your favorite spot to explore in Pinkham Notch? Let us know in the comments below!

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Josh Lake

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