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Crystal Cascades at Tuckerman Ravine

Avid skiers of the Northeast may recognize this location however this waterfall is accessible to all people year-round.

Tuckerman Ravine is a glacial bowl sloping on the southeast side of Mt. Washington which is the tallest peak in New Hampshire and notoriously known for the world's worst weather conditions. The Ravine is infamously known for the crowd it draws in mid-spring to ski the bowl that gets 55+ feet of snowpack over the winter months from strong winds that come off the ridge of Mt. Washington.

Luckily for those looking for a more relaxing hike, Crystal Cascades is situated less than a half-mile from the base of the mountain at Appalachian Mountain Club's Pinkham Notch Visitor Center. The Tuckerman Ravine Trail can take you up to the summit but a quick 0.8 mile out & back on level gravel terrain is all that is needed to reach this waterfall.

Getting There and Important Site Information

Arrive at the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center which has free parking (to my best remembrance). The Tuckerman Ravine Trail is easily located just behind the back of the Joe Dodge Lodge and is well marked. There are a few other good hikes that stem off from this trail including the strenuous Mt. Washington summit hike.

This location is sure to draw heavy crowds at peak times and viewing can be difficult behind a rock wall so it's recommended to go early, late, or on weekdays to have this to yourself.


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