Bicknell’s Thrush Tours

Early morning tours to see this rare bird! May 31, June 6 and 9

Bicknell’s Thrush is an extremely rare species with very limited breeding grounds. It is the rarest and most secretive of the breeding thrushes in North America and it is the only bird whose breeding is restricted to the Northeastern part of the continent. They usually breed at higher elevations, normally nesting above 3,000 ft. The unique and harsh climate is just what the birds prefer due to the combination of low vegetation and abundant moisture. The Mt. Washington Auto Road offers you a rare opportunity to view these  obscure birds.

Our Bicknell’s Thrush Guided Tours leave early in the morning before the Mt. Washington Auto Road opens to the general public to insure there is as little additional noise or disturbance as possible. Our success rate at hearing and seeing this elusive thrush is quite good, but with the species in decline due to wintering habitat losses, there can be no guarantee of sightings.

Tours depart from the base of the Auto Road at 6:00am and last approximately 2 hours.

Cost: $50 per person. Advanced reservations required.

Bicknell’s Thrush Tours

Early morning tours to see this rare bird! May 31, June 6 and 9

Bicknell’s Thrush is an extremely rare species with very limited breeding grounds. It is the rarest and most secretive of the breeding thrushes in North America and it is the only bird whose breeding is restricted to the Northeastern part of the continent. They usually breed at higher elevations, normally nesting above 3,000 ft. The unique and harsh climate is just what the birds prefer due to the combination of low vegetation and abundant moisture. The Mt. Washington Auto Road offers you a rare opportunity to view these  obscure birds.

Our Bicknell’s Thrush Guided Tours leave early in the morning before the Mt. Washington Auto Road opens to the general public to insure there is as little additional noise or disturbance as possible. Our success rate at hearing and seeing this elusive thrush is quite good, but with the species in decline due to wintering habitat losses, there can be no guarantee of sightings.

Tours depart from the base of the Auto Road at 6:00am and last approximately 2 hours.

Cost: $50 per person. Advanced reservations required.

Bicknell’s Thrush Tours

Early morning tours to see this rare bird! May 31, June 6 and 9

Bicknell’s Thrush is an extremely rare species with very limited breeding grounds. It is the rarest and most secretive of the breeding thrushes in North America and it is the only bird whose breeding is restricted to the Northeastern part of the continent. They usually breed at higher elevations, normally nesting above 3,000 ft. The unique and harsh climate is just what the birds prefer due to the combination of low vegetation and abundant moisture. The Mt. Washington Auto Road offers you a rare opportunity to view these  obscure birds.

Our Bicknell’s Thrush Guided Tours leave early in the morning before the Mt. Washington Auto Road opens to the general public to insure there is as little additional noise or disturbance as possible. Our success rate at hearing and seeing this elusive thrush is quite good, but with the species in decline due to wintering habitat losses, there can be no guarantee of sightings.

Tours depart from the base of the Auto Road at 6:00am and last approximately 2 hours.

Cost: $50 per person. Advanced reservations required.

Alton Weagle Day

Alton Weagle had a passion for Mt. Washington. To show his passion, he climbed the Mt. Washington Auto Road in a number of unique ways: by car, on foot, walking backwards, blindfolded and finally pushing a wheelbarrow full of sugar…just to name a few. This day honors his spirit and the spirit of all the camels, Segways and even the odd pogo sticks that have been the first up the mountain – think you’re up to it?

We invite you to dream up a “first ascent” of some kind and run the idea by us – you just may get invited to celebrate with us!

Send us an email with your first ascent idea to [email protected]

POSTPONED — AMC Trail Town Designation Celebration

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED ‘TIL LATE SUMMER.

Gorham has been designated an Appalachian Trail Community. Join us at 6 p.mn. on Friday, MaRch 27 for the Trail Town Designation Celebration, with a presentation beginning at 6:30 by Jeffrey H. Ryan, the Maine author of Blazing Ahead: Benton MacKaye, Myron Avery and the Rivalry that Built the Appalachian Trail. A Q&A will follow.

2020 Bill Koch League Festival at Great Glen Trails

Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center is thrilled to host the 2020 New England Bill Koch League Festival, presented by the Valley Originals.

This festival is the marquee event of the Bill Koch League, the largest cross country ski program for children in the United States. Whether a child loves the adventure of cross-country skiing, enjoys playing with friends on skis, or wants to grow up to be a ski racer, the New England Bill Koch League has something for them.

The weekend will feature relay and individual races by age group, as well as a healthy mix of non-racing activities that all can enjoy.

The theme of 2020’s Festival will be “Superheroes” which will be a celebration of the inherent superpowers that exist in all of us—skiers, coaches, and parents alike!

More info & to register here.

2020 Bill Koch League Festival at Great Glen Trails

Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center is thrilled to host the 2020 New England Bill Koch League Festival, presented by the Valley Originals.

This festival is the marquee event of the Bill Koch League, the largest cross country ski program for children in the United States. Whether a child loves the adventure of cross-country skiing, enjoys playing with friends on skis, or wants to grow up to be a ski racer, the New England Bill Koch League has something for them.

The weekend will feature relay and individual races by age group, as well as a healthy mix of non-racing activities that all can enjoy.

The theme of 2020’s Festival will be “Superheroes” which will be a celebration of the inherent superpowers that exist in all of us—skiers, coaches, and parents alike!

More info & to register here.

Sunrise Snow Coach Tours

Experience an unforgettable winter sunrise at treeline from the comfort of the Mt. Washington SnowCoach.

Our experienced SnowCoach drivers will take you to treeline (weather permitting) at 4,200 feet on the Mt. Washington Auto Road for a chance to watch the sun rise. We leave promptly at 5:45 am from the base lodge, and will not hold back the trip as we need to keep a tight schedule throughout the day for all our guests.

Even if we don’t actually get to the see the sun rise, you can be sure the early morning lighting at treeline will make for incredible and unforgettable scenes. Although you are riding in a heated van, you should dress warmly as you will have an opportunity to get out of the SnowCoach for pictures and to experience the weather on Mount Washington.

Reservations required. Book online here.

Evening Dog Sledding at Great Glen

In conjunction with Outlaw Ridge Sled Dogs, Great Glen Trails offers you the chance to experience the exhilaration of dogsledding on our trail system.

Participants get to meet and greet the dog team, then take an intimate 4 mile tour on our trails.

Times: 4:30, 5:30, and 6:30 departures from “The Annex” on the edge of the Glen House Hotel parking lot.  Enter the Glen House and turn left to park near the Annex.

Pricing: $175 for two people for one hour tour.

More info here.

Sunrise Snow Coach Tours

Experience an unforgettable winter sunrise at treeline from the comfort of the Mt. Washington SnowCoach.

Our experienced SnowCoach drivers will take you to treeline (weather permitting) at 4,200 feet on the Mt. Washington Auto Road for a chance to watch the sun rise. We leave promptly at 5:45 am from the base lodge, and will not hold back the trip as we need to keep a tight schedule throughout the day for all our guests.

Even if we don’t actually get to the see the sun rise, you can be sure the early morning lighting at treeline will make for incredible and unforgettable scenes. Although you are riding in a heated van, you should dress warmly as you will have an opportunity to get out of the SnowCoach for pictures and to experience the weather on Mount Washington.

Reservations required. Book online here.