Mount Washington State Forest

Mount Washington State Park, a 60.3 acre parcel perched on the summit of the Northeast’s highest peak, is srrounded by the extensive 750,000 acre White Mountain National Forest. On a clear day, views from the 6,288 foot summit extend to Vermont, Canada, 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.

Call ahead at 603-466-3347 for the latest summit conditions. Check the Auto Road (603-466-2222) and Cog Railway (603-278-5404) websites for information on their operating schedules.

Mt. Washington State Park, Sherman Adams Summit Building, is open daily and operating hours areas follows:

  • April 26th to May 11 – Weekends only – 10am to 4pm
  • May 17 (or when Auto Road opens daily) to September 7 – 8:30 am to 6 pm
  • September 7 to September 14 – 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
  • September 14 to September 28 – 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • September 28th to season end – 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

The Cafeteria and Gift shop is open daily, operating hours are as follows:

  • May 17 to June 6 – 10:00 am to 4 pm
  • June 7 to June 21 – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • June 22 to September 7 – 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • September 8 to season end – 10:00 am to 4 pm

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.