PINKHAM NOTCH, NH—The Mt. Washington Auto Road is now open to the summit of the Northeast’s highest peak. Visitors to the nation’s first manmade attraction can take either a guided tour or drive their own vehicle on this remarkable and historic road, which has been in operation since 1861. Motorcyclists should call ahead for the latest Road conditions since early season road and weather conditions affect our ability to be open to them.
The Auto Road is now open from 8 am -5 pm, as is the base lodge and gift shop. Beginning on Memorial Day weekend, the Summit Stage office will be open (and be offering hiker shuttles). Saturday the 26th will also mark the opening of the newly dedicated Douglas A. Philbrook Red Barn Museum, as well as the Glen View Café, the Outfitters Shop and Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center. Alton Weagle Day, which features and celebrates several unusual first ascents of the Auto Road, will also be held on the 26th.
“We are delighted to be open to the summit for our 151st season here on Mt. Washington. Although we experienced a mild winter, our spring Road opening turned out to be quite challenging, we’re particularly proud of the work our Road Crew has accomplished in the past several weeks!” noted Howie Wemyss, General Manager of the Auto Road and Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center. “As always, the Auto Road operation is heavily weather dependent at this time of the year so it’s often best to call ahead”, he added.
Included on the schedule for the coming season (in addition to the aforementioned Alton Weagle Day) will be events as diverse as bicycle races, footraces, sunrise drives, a colonial muster in the mountains and a 1920s speakeasy casino night. For more information about Mt. Washington Auto Road operations, schedules and events please call (603) 466-3988 or online at www.mt-washington.com