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Six Husbands climbs from the Great Gulf up to Jefferson, it's not really on Mt Washington. All the Great Gulf trails are steep and rugged; they were laid out and built by a trail builder with a different philosophy than most of the other major trails in the Presidential range.
Most people choose to hike Mt Washington because it's the tallest peak, and that's fine. But once you get that out of the way there are IMO much better hikes to be had in the area. An alternative is to start your hike at 5:00 AM and/or on one of the less popular routes and you'll be alone for most of your hike, except at the summit.
Cracks me up on those days when the Presidentials are in the fog with 30' visibility, and one range away, LaFayette is offering 100 mile views :roll:
I'd like to do the Franconia Ridge Trail. Never did it. Maybe this will be the year! The White mountains are my favorite area to hike in the northeast!
Like said weather is probably the biggest shock in the Presis. Be prepared for any weather period. It will be 90 in the Notches and the summit will be 50 with 50+ MPH winds...on a good day. My first time there it was in 40s, 20 foot of visiblitiy maybe, and sleet on the way up. Then I was trapped in the summit building waiting a TStorm passing...This was in mid july. I've been on Washington several times and am disappointed with it. Too much going on. I even had the summit to myself one time and it's disappointing sitting among all the structures despite the view. In summer the summit is a madhouse with cars, train smoke, SOOOO many people. Pretty much any route will have some people on it.
Adams is my favorite peak in the range and it has many great trail options. You could combine Adams with Madison or Jefferson to make a loop and get quite a bit of time above treeline and would still see less people than Washington and there are a couple of shelters and a hut to escape weather if need be. Another great summit in the Whites with an easier approach but great alpine zone is Mt. Moosilauke, the approach up the AT (carriage road) is fairly tame despite elaevation gain and you get a nice alpine walk.
I've never been there but I hear both the Precipice and Devil's Path in the Catskills are tough trails that might be training options. More up and down but good endurance builders. Just get out and hike as much as you can to train.