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Tuckermans this weekend

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
Has anyone been there recently? We were thinking of going up tomorrow, just to see the place. Bonni has never been there and it has been well over 30 years since I have been.

Thought we'd just hike up and take in the scenery.

Any thoughts would be helpful
post #2 of 21
Have fun! Take pictures!
It's beautiful up there, but it can be quite cold, so be prepared. You may want to check out the Cog Railway too. They used the Cog for skiing this year, I wanted to go, but didn't make it.
post #3 of 21
Left gully should still be pretty good. I haven't been up in over a week, but it's always worth the trip, even if just for the hike.

It looks like it was a big weekend for T4T'ers. I had to work.

Maybe Wednesday
post #4 of 21
I can't wait for your report. Couldn't make it up and this would have been the perfect year. My sixteen year old could have carried the heavy stuff! Too much going on, flawed priorities.

Left Gully is one of my favorite places to ski in the world!
post #5 of 21
I take it these are all places in in VT? I love VT, i Live in NY and Ski VT at least 30 times a season rest at gore mtn. 4 hour trip to madriver gleenn and SB for me. ^ for Jay Peak. But hey i'm sure you all feel the way I do about riding the fluffy stuff. I would drive to Europe if I could; to ski Never skied the Back Country in VT though. Next seaon if I could find someone to hook up woth who can show me where and maybe save me some hotel costs by lettinga good guy as myself crash on thier porch or backroom or something
post #6 of 21
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I take it these are all places in in VT?
tuckerman ravine is in NH on mount washington. the only place in VT with enough snow to justify a trip at this point is killington. i hiked for about 600 verts yesterday and it was pretty good.
post #7 of 21
It poured down rain all weekend.
Didn't hike up to Tuckermans, went hiking elsewhere. (Franconia Notch ....all over hellngone.)

Franconia Notch State Park in NH ROCKS! I've never seen so many beautiful hiking trails and waterfalls! We actually paid $8 each to hike a small 2 mile trail at an area called The Flume, which was Absolutely fanfookingtastic, even in the wet! Beautiful natural gorges, waterfalls, pools, and we saw some HUGE birds building a nest on the cliffside (large black birds the size of hawks.....falcons?)

Took in the New England Ski Museum. Drove by Cannon, Bretton Woods (still had spotty snow), Attitash, and Wildcat ski areas, all of which look like a kick, almost rode the Cog Railway to the top of Mt. Washington (it was too foggy to see a thing), wanted to drive up to the top of Mt. Washington on the Auto Road, but you could only do 4 miles of the 8 mile trip due to washouts and bad road, so we boinked that.
Late this afternoon, on our way home, it was Briefly Not Raining.:
post #8 of 21
I love that area. If I could find a job in my field I would move up there. I nearly moved to the North Conway area about 5 years ago (about 15 minutes south of Attitash on rt. 16) Sorry to hear you had rain, it's a great trip when the weather is nice. I've been to the Flume many times over the years.

Also a nice trip, Lake Winnepesauke and the surrounding area. I took a boat on the lake about 10 years ago, that was a nice trip too.

FYI- there are a lot of "lost" ski areas in that region.
post #9 of 21
Huck,

Check out Time for Tuckermans.com. It has photos of everything including the hike up.

Tucks has a lot of history. There was serious skiing in the 1930's and it became a mecca for New England skiers in spring. The smaller colleges show up in force and along with the best East coast skiers.

Tucks has the steepest skiing in the East, no lifts and no services - hike in, hike out. You can camp in shelters, but no tents are allowed. In the 70's you could tent but the crowds were out of control so it was banned.

This is a place you should check out, Huckfeller.
post #10 of 21
Actually, you can tent there, but only on the tent platforms.


Earlier in the season, you can skin up and ski back to the road.
Definitely check out T4T. It's a great resourse.
post #11 of 21
I did not know that tenting was allowed on platforms. The platforms must be new - within the last 25 years.

In the late 60s and early 70s you could camp anywhere you wanted for the most part. It was a bad policy but we did it and had a blast. It was one big party and no one knew anything about ecology. I was disapointed by the change but it was the right thing to do. The place was getting trashed.

The old Howard Johnson's was like a lodge. You could get burgers and soup and stuff. It was nice. Then it burned down and became a registration desk and lodge for forestry folks. The party was over!

When camping ended we had to hike to the bottom and back more often. There was no room at Hermit Lake. We would hide our skis and things in the rocks to keep the load lighter. We got in shape and could run up and down the trail and carry stuff in. The most common stuff we carried in was cases of beer. We became heros.

Now I just look at pictures on the web site.
post #12 of 21
It was a beautiful weekend, I was up in Lyman, second town north of Franconia. Bright blue sky, huge puffy clouds, and the occasional shower blowing through; proper spring mountain weather. Franconia Notch State Park and the surrounding national forest are huge resources; standard summer routine for us has been hiking along the Franconia Ridge and descending hot and sweaty for a dip in cold Echo Lake, and ice cream at the Franconia Dairy Bar. Still some snow in the gullies on Lafayette and a lot of snow left on Mt. Washington. Hope you get back this winter, in good conditions Cannon/Mittersill has some of the nicest skiing in the east.
post #13 of 21
After the abysmal looking Vermont, I'm a New Hampshire fan!
post #14 of 21
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Originally Posted by NewHampie
It was a beautiful weekend, I was up in Lyman, second town north of Franconia. Bright blue sky, huge puffy clouds, and the occasional shower blowing through; proper spring mountain weather. Franconia Notch State Park and the surrounding national forest are huge resources; standard summer routine for us has been hiking along the Franconia Ridge and descending hot and sweaty for a dip in cold Echo Lake, and ice cream at the Franconia Dairy Bar. Still some snow in the gullies on Lafayette and a lot of snow left on Mt. Washington. Hope you get back this winter, in good conditions Cannon/Mittersill has some of the nicest skiing in the east.
Goes to show how fickle the weather can be in a relatively small geographical area. It rained heavily Sunday evening at the AMC base below Tuckermans, and Monday AM when we returned, it was raining fairly heavily again. The attendent said to a group ahead of us, that her only suggestion regarding the weather was that the forcast was looking worse as the day progressed. It was nearly 35 at the snowfield at that time---so we bagged the tuckermans walk for that trip.

We could not see the granite face where the old man's face used to be due to fog. That was maybe an hour later.

Way too foggy to see aything from the cog railway as well.

While walking at the Flume---it was hard to tell what the weather was like due to the dense tree cover, and mist in the air when near waterfalls and much of the trek up that canyon, however it was never blue sky, huge puffy clouds where we were at any time Sunday or Monday.

All in all, we had a great time !! I'd go back

I didn't realize the density of skiing in the area.
post #15 of 21
I've only been going for the last 20 years. The platforms have been there as long as I've been going. They have had to limit the nimber of people, though. The impact on the area is pretty high.

It's an incredible spot, I can't do the weekends anymore, however. Too crowded, too dangerous.
post #16 of 21
Sounds like you made the most of it despite the weather. You must have been inside one of those big puffy clouds. Anyway that flume trail sounds pretty cool in those conditions. A ski trail is always more fun in dense fog, especially one you don't know! Of course going slow and extra careful! Anyway, a scenic hiking trail in fog might be like a foggy ski trail, revealing secrets only when you get close to them.

Well, I'm glad I didn't make the trek from Maryland for my first visit to The Ravine. Cold, rainy isn't how I'm picturing Memorial Day weekend there. I'm imagining more of a beach party scene, hot sun, wet snow, scantily clad women lounging on "Lunch Rocks", etc. (If it's not like that, don't spoil my fantasy) Maybe I'll find out what it's really like next year, though I guess it's always different, depending on weather, snow.

Ha, I say maybe next year every year. Saying "maybe Tucks next year" is kind of the unofficial end on my ski season! Have a great summer everyone!
post #17 of 21
Doors on the shelters:

Now that's new. I spent many a night freezing my butt off - wind and snow came right in. Those doors make the place like a luxury hotel. Who ever was in charge
would come by and make us take down the tarps that we would put up. He slept in comfort! I woke up with snow on my pillow!
post #18 of 21
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Originally Posted by telerod15
Ha, I say maybe next year every year. Saying "maybe Tucks next year" is kind of the unofficial end on my ski season! Have a great summer everyone!
Read my tagline. Just Go. :
post #19 of 21
I was going to go hiking in the Adirondaks this weekend, but I would LOVE to go skiing. Can you still ski on Tucks this coming weekend, June 4-5???

Dave
post #20 of 21
hoh yeah. check out photos on time for tuckermans.
post #21 of 21
course9x:

Snag a weather report for the weekend? It's been overcast and rainy. It could very well be socked in with fog.....still. If that doesn't bother you, cool beans!

On the other hand, if you want sun and skin, you may be wanting.
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