Mount Washington Auto Road, Gorham NH

General FAQ 

Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb

 

 

 

WHERE IS THE MT. WASHINGTON AUTO ROAD LOCATED?

The Mt. Washington Auto Road is located on NH Route 16, approximately 8 miles south of the village of Gorham, NH in “Pinkham Notch” and approximately 15 miles north of North Conway, NH.

 

WHAT IS THE SUMMIT ELEVATION OF MOUNT WASHINGTON?   

At 6,288 feet above sea level Mt. Washington is the tallest mountain in the northeastern United States.  On a clear day, you can see the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and New York from the summit of Mt. Washington as well as Quebec Province in Canada.

 

WHEN WAS THE FIRST AUTOMOBILE DRIVEN TO THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT WASHINGTON AND WHO DROVE IT? 

In 1899 Freelan Stanley drove a Stanley Locomobile from his home in Newton, Massachusetts to the base of Mt. Washington in Pinkham Notch before driving the very same car to the summit of the mountain.

 

IS THE MT. WASHINGTON AUTO ROAD A STATE PARK OR A NATIONAL PARK?   

No, the Mt. Washington Auto Road is a privately owned road, first opened on August 8, 1861 when it was known as the “Mt. Washington Carriage Road”.  In fact, the Mt. Washington Auto Road is the oldest man-made attraction currently operating in the United States of America.

 

WHEN WAS THE MT. WASHINGTON HILLCLIMB FIRST RUN?

The Mt. Washington Hillclimb was first run as part of the famous Glidden Tour 113 years ago in July of 1904 – seven years prior to the first Indianapolis 500 and 12 years prior to the first Pikes Peak Hillclimb making it one of the oldest motorsports events in all of North America!

 

HOW LONG IS THE MT. WASHINGTON AUTO ROAD? 

The Mt. Washington Auto Road is 7.6 miles from the Toll House to the parking lots at the summit.  The length of the race course is slightly shorter at 7.4 miles in length.

 

HOW STEEP IS THE MT. WASHINGTON AUTO ROAD?

The average grade of the Mt. Washington Auto Road is 12% while the steepest section of the road, known as the Raymond Grade is 18%.


WHAT IS THE STARTING AND FINISHING ELEVATION OF THE MT. WASHINGTON AUTO ROAD?

The elevation at the Start Line is 1,565 feet above sea level, while the elevation of the Finish Line is 6,100 feet above sea level – making for a 4,535 foot elevation gain from Start to Finish.

 

IS THE MT. WASHINGTON AUTO ROAD COMPLETELY PAVED?

No, the Mt. Washington Auto Road is 87% tarmac and 13% hard-packed gravel (approximately 1 mile of the road remains unpaved).

 

WHO IS THE CURRENT MT. WASHINGTON HILLCLIMB RECORD HOLDER?

The current record time of 6 minutes, 9.09 seconds was set in June 2014 by Subaru Rally Team USA rally driver and 5-time Rally America National Champion David Higgins from the Isle of Man.  Higgins was driving a Vermont SportsCar-prepared 2014 Subaru WRX STI rally car on his record-setting run.

 

HOW MANY DRIVERS WILL BE COMPETING AT THE 2017 SUBARU MT. WASHINGTON HILLCLIMB?

We’re excited to welcome 75 drivers from all over the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom to the 2017 Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb.


WHO IS ORGANIZING THE 2017 SUBARU MT. WASHINGTON HILLCLIMB?

The event is sanctioned and organized in 2017 by the Sports Car Club of New Hampshire.  In existence since November 1955, SCCNH is open to anyone interested in motorsports.  Throughout an average year, SCCNH organizes and hosts an 8-event Auto-X Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH; two hillclimb events at the Mt. Ascutney State Park in Windsor, VT as part of the New England Hillclimb Association; a Time-Speed-Distance Rally or two from time to time and an annual Awards & Christmas Party in early December each year.  For more info, visit www.sccnh.org.


WILL THERE BE OPPORTUNITIES TO VIEW THE RACE ALONG THE COURSE?

Yes, there will be spectator viewing at the base area near the Starting Line; there will be a small spectator area that folks will be able to walk up to from the base area that allows for some great viewing approximately ¼ mile up the course.  We will offer shuttle tickets for those who would like to view the racing action from just above tree line at "Signal Corps" on Saturday morning and either the morning or afternoon runs on Sunday; there will also be viewing at “Cragway Turn” on Sunday morning and afternoon. For those interested in spending the day on the Summit of Mt. Washington, you’ll be able to purchase a ticket to drive your car to the top of the mountain (where you’ll need to stay for the day) and then walk down from the summit to watch the racing action from high on the mountain!  


WILL THERE BE "CLIMB TO THE CLOUDS" SOUVENIRS AVAILABLE THIS YEAR?

Yes, the Mt. Washington Auto Road will be carrying a variety of 2017 Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb apparel and gifts in their gift shop in the lodge at the base area and at the Summit Stage Office located on the summit of Mt. Washington, as well as under the event tent on race weekend.