MOUNT WASHINGTON, N.H. - Here at the top of the Northeast's biggest peak, it gets a little crowded, even on a Wednesday.
But what a view.
You can see many of the state's 48 4,000-foot peaks, as well as a few of Maine's 4,000-footers. Somewhere out there, we think we see it, is Old Speck Mountain, Maine's fourth-highest peak, which I climbed just four days ago. Katahdin, which I climbed two days ago, is too far north to see.
Former Durangoan Jeff Novotny and I took the trail, the Tuckerman Ravine route, a famous backcountry skiing hangout used heavily each spring. We gained more than 4,000 feet in just over four miles. It's tempting to hitch a ride back, but the sign says not to.