Our Neighbor to the west - mount washington
Wildcat Mountain offers up some of the most beautiful views of the East's Highest Peak!
Mount Washington, called Agiocochook by some Native American tribes, is the highest peak in the Northeastern United States at 6,288 ft and features some of the most beautiful scenery east of the Rocky Mountains.
The mountain is notorious for its erratic weather. On the afternoon of April 12, 1934, the Mount Washington Observatory recorded a windspeed of 231 miles per hour (372 km/h) at the summit, the world record for most of the 20th century.
The mountain is located in the Presidential Range of the White Mountains and Wildcat Mountain is located right across the street in Pinkham Notch! Wildcat is often the subject of the Mount Washington Observatory's photos! The MWOBS studies weather, offers forecasts for the surrounding areas and has a number of educational programs. MWOBS has a satellite office in downtown North Conway where guests can even speak to the scientists atop Mount Washington without ascending the Auto Road.
If you are interested in going up there are a number of ways to about getting up there during the spring, summer and fall.
- The Mount Washington Cog Railway ascends the western slope of the mountain
- The Mount Washington Auto Road climbs to the summit from the east.
- The Appalachian Trail crosses the summit and you can hike up a number of different routes.
- The Appalachian Mountain Club has an outpost in Pinkham Notch and is a great stop for hiking information for our region.
Don't forget if you want to take some photos of the East's highest peak easily you can always get on the Wildcat Gondola!