Mount Washington Auto Road, Gorham NH

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May 19, 2017
Mt. Washington Auto Road Opens to the Summit May 20

The Mt. Washington Auto Road was completed in 1861, and is now open for its 156th season. Earlier this week, the higher elevations of Mount Washington received nearly three feet of snow, which delayed the road being open to the summit. Visitors have had access to lower half of the Auto Road this week—to just above treeline—but now we’re excited to announce that the road will be open to the summit on Saturday, May 20.

Pinkham Notch, NH — The Mt. Washington Auto Road was completed in 1861, and is now open for its 156th season. Earlier this week, the higher elevations of Mount Washington received nearly three feet of snow, which delayed the road being open to the summit. Visitors have had access to lower half of the Auto Road this week—to just above treeline—but now we’re excited to announce that the road will be open to the summit on Saturday, May 20.


The 7.6-mile Mt. Washington Auto Road winds its way from the Great Glen base area to the summit of Mount Washington at 6,288 feet, gaining 4,650 feet in elevation, and passing through four unique ecological zones. The mountain holds both the distinction of being the highest peak in the Northeast, as well as the home of the world’s worst weather. On clear days, visitors are treated to a spectacular view spanning up to 130 miles, reaching east to the Atlantic Ocean, and west as far as New York.

The Mt. Washington Auto Road is open to private vehicles at this time, and guided tours will begin on Saturday, May 27 during Memorial Day weekend. Check out our website for details on our 2- and 3-hour guided tours.

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The family-owned Mount Washington Summit Road Company was formed in 1859, and completed the road to the summit of Mount Washington in 1861. The Mt. Washington Carriage Road, now called the Mt. Washington Auto Road, has the long-held distinction of being America’s oldest man-made attraction.