|One of the Lakes of the Clouds|
After a quick mile I got to the Tuckerman Ravine Trail, and the crows of people. More people huffing and puffing, and commenting on how cold it was. I turned left onto the Alpine Garden Trail and the fun began. This trail walks through the alpine garden on Mt. Washington, and the flowers were still in bloom.
|Tuckerman Ravine, with the Wildcats/Carters in the background.|
|Different Alpine Flowers.|
|I'm sorry I don't know what plant they all are.|
This part of the hike was great. The sun came out, the wind was blocked by the peak, there were excellent views, and I was feeling great. I highly recommend the Alpine Garden Trail to anyone, even if the flowers aren't blooming.
|Lions Head, Carter Dome is the highest peak in the background.|
|Looking north-east towards the Mahoosuc Range in NH/ME.|
|Looking back (South) towards Boott Spur.|
The North end of the Alpine Garden Trail is the Nelson Crag. I took this trail to the summit. The ridge this trail runs up was also blocking much of the wind, and this leg was a lot windier and colder than the previous one. I could see the auto road, and a view of the summit buildings that I hadn't seen before. When I got to the top there were a lot of people. I've never seen such a long line to take a photo at the summit. I didn't feel a need to wait in it. At the top there was a woman on the lee side of the building with her SOTA setup. I chatted for a moment, then headed on.
|Summit from the Nelson Crag Trail.|
|The northern presidentials, Jefferson, Adams, Madison (L-R)|
|The line was nearly as long as the Tip-Top House.|
After warming up a bit inside I headed down. I was on the AT for about a mile. Its hard to describe the feelings of comfort and security I now get on white-blazed trails. I then turned onto the Jewell Trail and hiked back to the car.
|Standing on the tracks.|
|Cog on its way up.|
|Bonus points for each mountain you can identify. Hint: looking West.|
|Looking down into the Great Gulf. Its very steep.|