Natural History Train Tour on Mt. Washington

The Cog Railway and Appalachian Mountain Club Offer a
New Natural History Train Tour on Mt. Washington

MARSHFIELD STATION, NH – Join Appalachian Mountain Club Senior Interpretive Naturalist, Nancy Ritger, on the Cog Railway, for a tour of Mount Washington’s amazing natural environment on Monday, August 31. Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast, is home to some of the rarest alpine plant-life in the world, existing only in the Presidential Range.

This naturalist tour consists of a round trip ride on the Cog Railway and a three-hour guided tour of the summit. Nancy will lead the group in exploring the tundra environment at the top of the mountain, taking the opportunity to walk down the Crawford Path and observing the adaptations of the plants and animals to live in such a harsh environment. Tour participants will get the chance to observe a variety of alpine species that can be found around the summit cone, from the low-growing krumholtz to the tightly bound cushion plant.

Participants should plan to arrive at the railway base station 45 minutes prior to the 12:30 pm departure time for an introductory session. The round trip tour is approximately 5 hours, returning around 5:30. The cost is $109 per person, ages 12 and over. Participants should be comfortable traversing rocky terrain and dress for mountain-top weather (temperatures at the summit can be 30 degrees colder than at the base), including boots or sturdy shoes, layers, windbreaker, rain gear, gloves, hat, water and snacks.

Space is very limited. Additional information is available at thecog.com. Participants must book in advance by calling 603.278.5404 The Mount Washington Cog Railway is located on Base Station Road, Marshfield Station, NH, 6 miles from Rt. 302 and historic Bretton Woods, NH.

Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of America’s Northeast. AMC helps people of all ages and abilities to explore and develop a deep appreciation of the natural world. More information is available about the AMC at http://www.outdoors.org. (To book this special AMC tour, call the railway at 603.278.5404)

The Mount Washington Cog Railway, established in 1869, is the World’s first mountain-climbing cog railway. The Cog is open from April through November, operating both steam and biodiesel locomotives from 2 to 10 trips per day. There is a museum, gifts, food and restrooms at the base and summit.

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