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.

Ski, Snowshoe, Fatbike to the Clouds

Long referred to as “North America’s Toughest 10K,” the Ski, Shoe & Fatbike to the Clouds challenging course uses 4k of the Great Glen Trails system, and then 6k on the snow covered Mt. Washington Auto Road with an average grade of 12% and an elevation gain of 2,200 vertical feet.

While there will be competitors who are seeking to make or break a record, for others it is the ultimate way to personally test themselves in one of nature’s most spectacular environments.

After covering 4k on the Nordic system, racers will have the historic Mt. Washington Auto Road to themselves as remarkable views of the Presidential Range and beyond are revealed. On race day, there will be a mass start of cross country skiers at 10 am, followed by the snowshoe start at 10:05 am and Fatbikers at 10:10 am. Ski, Shoe & Fatbike to the Clouds is considered a true freestyle event, there will not be separate classes for classic and skate skiing. This is NOT an event for inexperienced fatbikers, skiers or snowshoers!

Sunrise Snowcoach Tour on Mt. Washington Auto Road

Experience a 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 ft. on the Mt. Washington Auto Road for a chance to watch the sun rise. We leave promptly at 6:15am in January and 5:45am in February 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 Mt. Washington.
Weather info can be found
here and you are always welcome to call for the latest conditions at the top of our tour.

There are 16 seats available for each early morning tour.

Reservations must be made at least 24-hours in advance of the departure of the tour.If you have any questions about the Mt. Washington SnowCoach, please give us a call at (603) 466-3988.

Sunrise SnowCoach Tour on Mt. Washington Auto Road

Experience a 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 ft. on the Mt. Washington Auto Road for a chance to watch the sun rise. We leave promptly at 6:15am in January and 5:45am in February 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 Mt. Washington.
Weather info can be found
here and you are always welcome to call for the latest conditions at the top of our tour.

There are 16 seats available for each early morning tour.

Reservations must be made at least 24-hours in advance of the departure of the tour.If you have any questions about the Mt. Washington SnowCoach, please give us a call at (603) 466-3988.

Muster in the Mountains

This 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, Sunday from 10am – 1pm.
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!

Sunrise Drive on Mt. Washington Auto Road

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. 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.

June 24 Road Opens 3:30 a.m.; Sunrise at 5:01 a.m.

July 29 Road Opens 4 a.m.; Sunrise at 5:31 a.m.

August 26 Road Opens 4:30 a.m.; Sunrise at 6:02 a.m.

Sunrise Drive on Mt. Washington Auto Road

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. 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.

June 24 Road Opens 3:30 a.m.; Sunrise at 5:01 a.m.

July 29 Road Opens 4 a.m.; Sunrise at 5:31 a.m.

August 26 Road Opens 4:30 a.m.; Sunrise at 6:02 a.m.

Sunrise Drive on Mt. Washington Auto Road

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. 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.

June 24 Road Opens 3:30 a.m.; Sunrise at 5:01 a.m.

July 29 Road Opens 4 a.m.; Sunrise at 5:31 a.m.

August 26 Road Opens 4:30 a.m.; Sunrise at 6:02 a.m.