Climbing Mount Washington, as Fast as Possible

May 29, 2018
Climbing Mount Washington
Here are some of the records, and the estimated hike time, for climbing Mount Washington by foot, ski, bike, and car.

People have climbed 6,288-foot Mount Washington—New England’s highest peak and the centerpiece of the White Mountain National Forest—by foot, ski, bike, wheelchair, unicycle, pogo stick, car, bus, train, and just about every other mode of transport imaginable. Here’s a look at some of the all-time fastest ascents—and how they compare to the estimated hiking time from the White Mountain Guide.

Sources: White Mountain Guide, 30th ed. (AMC Books), Mount Washington Auto Road, Fastest Known Time


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Marc Chalufour

Marc Chalufour, a former senior editor of AMC Outdoors, contributes to the trail-running blog Running Wild.