Mt. Washington Auto Road Summer Events

Subaru Mt. Washington Hill Climb: July 7-9, 2017

Three days, 75 cars, some of the best race and rally drivers from around the world, competing for “King of the Hill” honors on the Northeast’s tallest peak-Mt. Washington!

Known as one of the oldest motor sports events in the United States, the Climb to the Clouds was first run in 1904 and is now returning on July 7-9, 2017!

Check the navigation options to the left for additional information and history of this amazing race.

Click HERE to view our 2017 program!

Seek the Peak Expo: July 22, 2017

The Mt. Washington Auto Road hosts the Seek the Peak after-party and expo at the base starting at 2pm. Seek the Peak is the largest annual fundraiser for the non-profit Mount Washington Observatory.

Enjoy vendor booths, live music, a cash bar and the famous all-you-can-eat feast by New Hampshire’s Hart’s Turkey Farm. All Seek the Peak hikers, friends, families and members of the general public are invited to attend.

Seek the Peak participants who meet the $200 fundraising minimum automatically receive free admission! All others may purchase a ticket to join in.


2:00pm Outdoor expo opens (free; no ticket required)
4:00pm After party kicks off with live music and cash bar
5:00pm Famous all you can eat dinner
6:00pm Awards ceremony for top fundraisers

Sunrise Drives: Sundays – July 30th & August 27th

The Mt. Washington Auto Road opens early on three Sundays every summer, allowing guests to drive themselves to the summit of Mount Washington to view the sunrise from the highest peak in the Northeast.

Road Opens Sunrise
June 25 3:30am 5:01am
July 30 4:00am 5:31am
August 27 4:30am 6:02am

Regular Drive Yourself rates and Vehicle Restrictions apply.

Due to the popularity of these sunrise opportunities, we recommend not waiting until the last minute to arrive as you may spend time waiting at the Toll House due to traffic.

The State Park building on the summit will be open with limited food service on all three of these mornings.

Summit Salute at the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road: August 5, 2017

Join other service members, veterans, & military families for this special FREE event at the base of Mt. Washington. Share stories, play outdoors, eat great food and enjoy a Mt. Washington sunset.

Registration now open: Click HERE to Register Today!


2:30pm – Outdoor Fun
Hiking, biking, games, children’s activities and adventures – there’s something for everyone
4:00pm – Stories of Service: Stronger Together
Child care is available during the program
5:00pm – Grilled BBQ Dinner
Fill your belly with a bounty of delicious food topped off with scrumptious dessert!
6:30pm – 8:30pm – Sunset Summit Trips
Discounted rides to the summit of Mt. Washington exclusively for Summit Salute attendees.

Contact info: [email protected]  (603) 568-5780

Adaptive Sports Partners Sunrise Ascent:
August 6, 2017

The Auto Road will be CLOSED to public vehicles until 11:00am in support of this wonderful event, however Guided Tours will be available from 8:30 am.

This unique event is a fundraiser for the Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country. At sunrise, teams will ascend the Mount Washington Auto Road, determined to reach the 6,288-foot summit of Mount Washington. Each team will include an adaptive athlete and a team of “mules” who will help the athlete up the 8 miles to the summit.

Learn more about how you can volunteer as a Mule, Trail Angel, or other help! Registration begins May 1.

For More Information About the Sunrise Ascent on Mount Washington >


Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb: August 19, 2017

The Auto Road will OPEN to the public for normal driving operations around 1:30pm.

The original bicycle race up the Mt. Washington Auto Road. Deemed the Toughest Hillclimb in the World!

For More Race Details or to Register>>

Muster in the Mountains: September 8 & 9, 2017

A weekend of colonial reenactment comes to the Auto Road

This two day event features a colonial encampment of reenactors representing the French and Indian War, Revolutionary War, and Mountain Man periods from 1750 through 1840. This gathering will take place in the fields at the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road in beautiful Pinkham Notch in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Participants will demonstrate the use of appropriate tools, clothing, and firearms from their respective time periods. This event is free and open to the general public with the hope that the education they receive here may spur them on to consider becoming a future participant.

Open to the public: Friday and Saturday from 10am – 4pm
Please, no dogs.

The Auto Road remains fully open during this event.

Activities will include:

  • 1800 firearms/cannon display and competition
  • Woods walk competition
  • Tomahawk and knife throwing
  • Cooking competition
  • Weaving, basketmaking, quill work, candle dipping
  • Gunsmithing, coppersmithing, blacksmithing
  • Archery, wood carving, century games and more!SCHEDULE:
10:00am – 4:00pm Camp open to the public
10:00am – 2:00pm Education Day school groups
Cannon Demo
10:00am – 4:00pm Camp open to the public
11:00am – 3:00pm Line Shoot Rifle smooth bore, Archery, Tomahawk & Knife

If interested in registering for this event, print and send in the 2016 Muster Registration