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The Mount Washington Cog Railway

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3168 Base Station Road (off Rte. 302)
Bretton Woods, NH 03589
Website: www.thecog.com
Phone: 603-278-5404
The Mount Washington Cog Railway
Photo/Art by Photo Courtesy Mount Washington Cog Railway

While options for scaling Mount Washington’s dizzying 6,288 feet include hiking and driving, thankfully there’s also the only Cog Railway east of the Rockies—a 19th-century feat of engineering that’s been clinging to the steep slopes for 147 years. A three-hour round trip affords plenty of time to ogle views of the classic Omni Mount Washington Hotel, Vermont’s Green Mountains, and New Hampshire’s Presidentials. On the summit, you can explore the Extreme Mount Washington exhibit and historic 1853 Tiptop House. BEST TOURIST HOT SPOT
Yankee Magazine May/June 2016

When it comes to memorable, you can’t beat traveling by steam engine up the steepest railroad track in North America to the 6,288-foot summit of Mount Washington. Voted Best Adrenaline-Rush Train Ride.

The Mount Washington Cog Railway is the steepest railroad climb in North America. Don’t miss this historic ride when you are in the White Mountains!

Best Uphill Journey
Hold on to your hats (and stomachs) as you climb the highest mountain in the Northeast aboard this engineering marvel. Once powered by wood-fired boilers, the Cog can now transport riders to the 6,288-foot summit compliments of biodiesel engines.

Yankee Magazine April 2012

Since 1869, this little engine has chugged its way up New England’s tallest mountain. It was the world’s first cog railway and offers stellar views, as well as a chance to do some above-timberline hiking without having to make the long climb from the bottom. For bursting colors, go at the height of foliage season and snap all the photographs you can on the three-hour trip.

Yankee Magazine April 2006

Popular (especially among train buffs) as an easy way to reach the summit of Mount Washington. Since 1869, this little engine has chugged its way up New England’s tallest mountain. It was the world’s first cog railway and offers stellar views, as well as a chance to do some above-timberline hiking without having to make the long climb from the bottom.

Yankee Magazine April 2005

Since 1869, this little engine could–and still can–chug its way up New England’s tallest mountain for views and a chance to do some above-timberline hiking without the long climb from the bottom. Go early and stay all day, but be sure the weather looks promising. Open late Apr.-Dec. daily. Call for a schedule.

Yankee Magazine April 2004

Be sure to visit the museum at the base for a history of the Cog, which took its first run up the mountain in 1869. For bursting colors, go at the height of foliage season and snap all the photographs you can on the three-hour trip. Open late Apr.-early Nov. daily; call for schedule.

Yankee Magazine April 2003

Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

Updated Saturday, March 30th, 2013
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