Every year, the crew at The Mt. Washington Auto Road undertakes the huge task of getting the snow off the road so that thousands of guests can enjoy a ride into the clouds to visit the Observatory and capture amazing photos. At 6,288 ft in elevation, Mt. Washington is the tallest peak east of the Rockies and is known to have the worst weather in the World!
As I'm writing this post, it's 17.9 degrees at the Observatory with wind blowing at over 36 miles an hour - and it's April 25th. You can just imagine what the weather is like all winter long when the road is closed because of the conditions and is only accessible by SnowCoach. These photos show what an enormous task they have to get the road ready for visitors come May - sometimes it's not ready to mid-May depending on Mother Nature.
Photo from the Douglas A Philbrook collection.
But be warned, it can be 80 degrees down here at Bear Mountain Lodge and only 20 degrees up on the mountain so jackets are always recommended. So if you're coming to visit us this year and want to have an incredible day, check out the many options for getting to the top of Mt. Washington and taking in the splendor - Michael and I never tire of the trip.
And thanks to all the hardworking people who clear the road and make it possible for us all to enjoy the ride!