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King Ravine is a good sized glacial cirque gouged out of the Northern slopes of Mt. Adams, several miles up the Presidential Range from Mt. Washington. Though not as impressive as Huntington or other ravines in the area, King Ravine does have a few snow and ice gullies that make it worth a visit. Being relatively lightly trafficked in winter and a good distance from the road, this is a place that will require self-sufficiency from any climbing group as well as good avalanche skills. There was a slide a few years ago that caught a pair of climbers off guard and could have easily resulted in a fatality, so be aware. A report of the incident can be found here: www.avalanche-center.org/Incidents/1997-98/19971123-NewHamps>>>
Park at the Appalachia trailhead several miles West of Gorham on Rt. 2. Follow the Airline Trail, the Randolph Path, and the Short Line to arrive at the floor of the ravine. The approach is several miles long and will take an hour or three depending on if you're unlucky enough to have to break trail. There are many many side trails in this area, so use your map and your head.
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