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Mount Washington (New Hampshire)

Mountain information
NameMount Washington
Elevation6288 ft (1916.6 m)
Prominence6138 ft (1870.9 m)
ListingUltra prominent peak;
White Mountain 4000-footers;
#1 New England Fifty Finest;
U.S. state high point
LocationSargent's Purchase, Coos County, New Hampshire, USA
RangePresidential Range
First ascent1642
Easiest routeHike, ride cog railway, or drive via Mount Washington Auto Road.

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Mount Washington is the highest peak in the Northeastern United States at 6288 ft (1916.6 m), famous for dangerously erratic weather. For 76 years, a weather observatory on the summit held the record for the highest wind gust directly measured at the Earth's surface, 231 mi/h (70.4 km/h) (or 103 m/s), on the afternoon of April 12, 1934. It was known as Agiocochook, or "Home of the Great Spirit", before European settlers arrived.

The mountain is located in the Presidential Range of the White Mountains, in the township of Sargent's Purchase, Coos County, New Hampshire. While nearly the whole mountain is in the White Mountain National Forest, an area of 59 acre (0.2 km2) surrounding and including the summit is occupied by Mount Washington State Park.

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