Today was an absolutely beautiful day on Mt Washington. Jeremy and I Started up the Tuckerman Ravine Trail about 8:30 this morning and it was already T-shirt weather. All day stayed sunny and warm with blue bird skies. The Tuckerman Ravine Trail was spotty for the first Third so I put my split snowboard on my pack, But after about a mile I was able to switch over to skinning and I didn’t need to take my boards off until we reached bottom of the slide path on Hillmans Highway. On the way up Jeremy talked to the snow ranger at Hermit Lake who indicated that Hillmans would be our best bet in the Tuckermans Area today. The boot ladder was in very good condition as Jeremy and I climbed up to the Top of Hillmans Highway. Normally this time of year the snow corns up from the freezing and thawing cycle of night and day. But it wasn’t really corn today because the temps have been above freezing for the last 3 days straight. Conditions were more like deep mashed potatoes. Jump turns were necessary most of the time to change direction. We took a run down Hillmans and were both pretty sun baked at that point. The John Sherburne Trail was in Pretty good shape for the first half then it got a little more spotty, but surprisingly I was able to ride it to the last crossover. Jeremy skied it to the bottom picking his way through the grass and rocks. When I got to the parking lot there was an old man that was pointing up to the mountain seemingly being grumpy with his wife for wanting to stop and check out Pinkham. I overheard him say as he pointed “They walk up there… And they ski down”(in a grumpy old mans voice) He then turned around and walked back to the car ready to go home. I chuckled to myself to think that our day long adventure could be summed up in such a short matter of fact way. But then I realized he was right. For a Trip Report: Maybe I should have just posted a picture from Pinkham and said “we walked up there and skied down.” The End.
Summit and East Snow Fields from the top of Hillmans Going Down