We've gathered our favorite online resources for trail conditions, weather, and route beta in the White Mountains. Trips into the wild Whites, whether hours or days, on foot, rope, or snow, can present changing and challenging weather and trail conditions. Many adventurers in the region have their story to tell about that time things got a bit too hairy in the hills. Though those moments can make for great memories and valuable lessons, the dangers they present can be avoided with diligent research and preparation. Bookmark and refer to these often.
IMPORTANT NOTE: These resources are the best out there for gathering information on your next adventure. That said, it is up to you to make the right decision. Stay vigilant and heed your own sense of potential dangers while you're out there. The mountain, trail, crag, will always be there to be climbed another day.
The Mount Washington Observatory, situated atop it's name sake, is a trustworthy resource for current and upcoming weather conditions in the region. The Higher Summits forecast is updated throughout the day and will help you keep abreast of possible weather conditions during your trip. These reports will point out any weather patterns moving throughout the area that may present particular concern. If the report suggests that you stay off the summits, HEED THEIR WARNING! The meteorologists at the observatory are experts in the dangerous conditions that sweep through the region.
With pages for individual peaks and trails in the White Mountains as well as around New England, this is my go to for trail conditions. This site is regularly used by trail users in the area and so conditions are often updated daily. Even if you're not going out, it can be a fun spot to follow others' adventures.
Trails NH has a great map that can be used for trip planning and checking trail conditions in the White Mountains and other mountain regions in New England. Reports are organized by popular lists of peaks (NH 4000, NH 52, ME 4000, NY ADK46, etc.) and relate to the trails accessing those peaks. The map gives you the ability to overlay White Mountain trails, a very large proportion of New England Trails (though this option comes with a demo disclaimer), snow depth, river flow, and road conditions to boot.
Check out this group for an on-going conversation about trail conditions and adventures on the NH 4,000 footers. If you are more than a few days out and can't find up to date trail conditions, post a question here and you're bound to get many quick responses. The group is made up of a wide range of adventurers including many that know these trails like the back of their hands and have likely made the mistakes you're hoping to avoid.
Views From the Top
Views from the Top is a great reference for trail conditions and related topics around New England. The forum for New Hampshire topics is by far the most popular among those that use the site. In addition to good honest reflections on trail conditions (though less regular than the other sources), this is a good one for keeping up with current topics in Northeast mountaineering.
This is your go to for ice climbing conditions in the White Mountains. The site is meticulously updated and provides clear condition reports for the region's most popular spots. You'll also find a forum touching on a range of climbing topics and a gallery of details on rock routes.
This Facebook group is a wealth of knowledge on back country touring, primarily in the White Mountains. If you're looking for off-piste trail conditions this is a great place to ping the community that knows the most. Reach out with a question about conditions and your sure to get a number of responses based on recent experience and general knowledge of the area.