White Mountain National Visitor Center
P.O. Box 298
Gorham, NH 03581
(603) 466-3871 FAX
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The weather is very deceptive to the uninitiated. The summit is less than a half hour drive from May to October. However, hikers all too often mistake this easy access and the seemingly nice weather at the base with what they will discover above timberline. Consequently, the mountain has one of the highest casualty rates of any in the world. The trail up is marked by memorials to those who have fallen and a much too rapidly growing list of casualties is kept at the summit.
If you brave the hike, the summit may be a bit a culture shock with its vending machines, in season concession stand and museum (a staff stays at the summit year round maintaining the weather station and the towers).