How can I be involved in the 2011 Mt. Washington Hillclimb – can I volunteer to help?
Absolutely! There’s no way that the Mt. Washington Hillclimb could be successful if it wasn’t for the support and dedication of hundreds of talented Volunteers! We have positions available for everyone which include hospitality hosts, maintenance staff, traffic control & parking workers, corner workers, media assistants, security personnel and more! Visit our Volunteers page for more info.
Is the Mt. Washington Auto Road a State or National Park?
No, the Mt. Washington Auto Road is actually a privately owned road that is surrounded by thousands of acres of the White Mountain National Forest and a New Hampshire State Park is also located on the summit of Mt. Washington. Since first opening for business on August 8, 1861, the Mt. Washington Carriage Road, as it was known back then, has always been a privately owned road. In fact, descendents of the original owners who opened the Mt. Washington Auto Road 150 years ago still serve on the Board of Directors of the Mt. Washington Summit Road Company and the Glen & Mt. Washington Stage Company today!
Will we be able to watch the race from up on the mountain?
Yes! Tickets for any and all viewing areas will be on sale in the Spring of 2011 via this website. There will be limited viewing areas along the race course on race day only – due to space restrictions so we expect those tickets to sell-out quickly. Make sure you join our mailing list to stay informed and learn when tickets will go on sale. The bulk of the spectating will be from the start line area where fans watch all the cars launch off the start line as well as walk through the paddock, display and vendor areas. Details on spectating will be made available shortly.
Can I hike to the summit of Mt. Washington to watch the race?
There are well over 150 miles of well-marked hiking trails on or around 6,288 foot Mt. Washington and the surrounding peaks that are open to the general public. Although it may look like a reasonable hike to the summit please note that any trail that takes hikers to the summit of Mt. Washington is more than 7 miles in length and almost half the hike will be above tree line.
Will it be possible for us to hike up and watch the race from lower areas on Mt. Washington?
Although we can’t prevent anyone from hiking on Mt. Washington, Corner Workers and Spectator Marshalls will be positioned along the entire 7.6 mile race course to prevent hikers and/or spectators from going into areas along the race course that are considered to be unsafe.