Mount Washington State Park
1598 Mt Washington Auto Rd
Sargent's Purchase, NH
Mount Washington State Park, a 60.3-acre parcel perched on the summit of the Northeast's highest peak, is surrounded by the extensive 750,000-acre White Mountain National Forest. On a clear day, views from the 6,288-foot summit extend beyond New Hampshire as far as 130 miles to Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Maine, Quebec, and the Atlantic Ocean.
The Sherman Adams building, a modern summit building, houses The Sherman Adams Visitor Center, a cafeteria, restrooms, gift shops, the Mount Washington Observatory and its museum. The historic Tip-Top House is located adjacent to the summit building.
Note: The park (summit building) is closed from November to April. There are no public buildings open for hikers, no shelter, no food/water, no rides down during these months. Hikers should be prepared to hike back down. Daylight is short, trails are slippery with ice and snow and the mountain should not be attempted by novice hikers this time of year.
For the 2016 season, the
Sherman Adams Summit Building at Mount Washington State Park will open when the Auto Road and Cog RR operate to the summit. This is expected to happen by Memorial Weekend at the latest (weather permitting). Please call the Auto Road at 603-466-2222 or Cog RR at 603-278-5404 for updates. The latest conditions and schedules can also be found on the Mt Washington Auto Road and Mt Washington Cog Railway websites.
Once open for the season, operating hours for the Sherman Adams Summit Building will be 8:30am to 6pm daily.
The Cafeteria and Gift Shop is expected to open on June 4 and hours will be 10am to 4pm daily.
Note: Season ending dates coincide with Auto Road and Cog RR closing dates.
Tip Top House Historic Site is open daily at 10 am to 4 pm from Memorial Day Weekend to Columbus Day. It is closed on days with snow, rain and winds over 70mph.
*Operating dates and times are subject to change without notice. For up to date hours, please call the park directly.
If you hike up, you must be prepared and capable to hike down, as there are no overnight accommodations.
For the most current weather conditions above tree-line refer to the higher summits forecast from the Mount Washington Observatory
and for overall planning of hiking trips into the White Mountains refer to Hike Safe
for information and advice with helpful links to public and private agencies. Should an emergency arise during your visit, please call 911 for assistance.
This park is always open for recreation unless closed or restricted by posting. During off hours and the off-season the park is typically not staffed, comfort stations are not available and gates may be closed. The off-season poses unique risks inherent when participating in outdoor recreational activities. Please be aware that many State Park areas and trails are not staffed during the off-season, and day-use fees are not collected. Recreationists should possess the necessary knowledge, skill, and equipment to ensure their own safety. Users assume all risk while recreating in State Park lands.
Are pets allowed at Mount Washington State Park?Pets are permitted in the designated areas only:
See the NH State Parks Pets Policy for more information.
The Tip Top House Historic Site
The Historic Tip Top House is located adjacent to the geological summit. Renovated in 1986 to simulate its first construction with period furnishings.
In 1853, the Tip Top House was the second stone house built on the summit. All materials were hauled nine miles on horses over rough trails from Randolph, N.H. Originally it was built as a competing hotel, but eventually was combined with the other as a dining room, barroom and parlor. As Access to the summit improved and the Tip Top House fell into disuse. It went through many operations through its life span, including a printing office for Among the Clouds newspaper. After being used to house employees and hikers it was renovated into a historic site.
Keep Your Parks CleanThrough the Carry-In/Carry-Out Program, you can help us keep your parks clean and beautiful by carrying out whatever you carry in. Thank you for your cooperation and remember to recycle.
Access for Persons with Disabilities
Please contact the park office directly for information regarding disability access needs.