Events in Mt. Washington Valley, NH
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June 22 , 23
Alpine Garden Exploration
AMC's Joe Dodge Lodge to Mount Washington
Jackson, NH 03846
Join us and discover the world of tiny delicate flowers, hardy plants, and remarkable wildlife that survive in a harsh and unpredictable climate. The Presidential Range has some of the most interesting and beautiful alpine plants in America, as well as insects, birds and other wildlife. The Alpine Garden on the shoulder of Mount Washington is considered one of the best places to view this unique ecosystem and explore the spring bloom- our destination on this one day guided tour. We will examine and identify a variety of alpine plants and discuss their adaptations that help them to defy the extreme conditions on Mount Washington. Our day will start with a drive up the historic Mount Washington Auto Road, passing through three ecological zones. We will hike from the Mount Washington Auto Road in the Alpine Garden over moderate to difficult 3 mile hike on steep, rocky terrain. HIGHLIGHTS: •Exploring a unique ecosystem •Observing alpine plants during the short flowering season •Spending the day with a knowledgeable AMC Guide that can identify the alpine plants. • Itinerary: •Meet for a pre-trip orientation on Sunday morning at 9 am ( there is no formal meeting on Saturday) •After an itinerary overview, gear review we will travel up the Mount Washington Auto Road to the 7 mile mark and hike down into the Alpine Garden. •The day is spent almost exclusively above treeline observing the plants and animals on the eastern side of Mount Washington. Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule listed above, these itineraries are subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control including weather and terrain conditions. This trip is operated rain or shine however is subject to the Mount Washington Auto Road conditions.
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