Supporting the nonprofit

Saturday July 15, 2023


In its 23rd year, the purpose of Mount Washington Observatory's Seek the Peak fundraiser is to raise money to sustain our educational and scientific programs. We need your help! 

  • Fundraise: Register as an individual or part of a team, then share a link to your personal fundraising page with friends, family, and colleagues asking for donations to support your hike as well as the Observatory's work in weather forecasting, research, and education. Your commitment to this event allows us to provide hikers like yourself with vital weather information to stay safe in the White Mountains. 

  • HikeWhether you participate as a team or individual, plan to summit Mount Washington, or visit other beautiful White Mountain vistas, or seek your own peak at home, rallying your supporters to donate in honor of your hiking challenge makes you a part of our vibrant Obs community.   

  • Celebrate: After your hike, gather with fellow participants and Obs supporters for our Après Hike Party on Sat., July 15 at Great Glen Trails. Enjoy live music, food trucks, beer garden, and epic gear raffle. For friends and family not registered to hike, admission tickets will be available on our registration pages and for $10 at the door. 

For the first time ever, individuals have the option to be matched with other participants of similar ability levels to complete a hike of their choosing together on July 15 with our Hike and Make Friends program. Join us to hike the trails of Mount Washington, NH, located on the White Mountain National Forest, or Seek Your Peak anywhere in the world.





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Hike and Make Friends is a new initiative that gives hikers the option to be paired with up to 3 other participants of similar ability level, in order to complete a hike of their choosing. Participants registering for this option must be able to do their hike on July 15 and meet at the registration area at Pinkham Notch Visitor Center at their designated registration time. By selecting to participate in Seek the Peak via the Hike and Make Friends option, participants agree to have their email shared with up to 3 other participants to coordinate hiking routes beforehand. Participants may choose to do any hike they prefer, and are advised to chat with a trail steward, MWOBS volunteer, or AMC staff member upon arrival at Pinkham Notch Visitor Center to assess trail conditions and review the selected route.


Hiking is better, together!  

All Hike and Make Friends participants should check in at the MWOBS Seek the Peak registration area at Pinkham Notch on July 15 at the following times: 

Gentle Breeze hikers: 7:00 a.m.

Near Gale hikers: 7:15 a.m.

Hurricane Force Hikers: 7:30 a.m.

Wondering what category to join? Check out our FAQs

Trail Lunches

Purchase a trail lunch for pickup at the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center Cafe by calling 603-466-2727. These lunches are made fresh daily by our friends at the Appalachian Mountain Club. 

Be close to the action...

Stay at AMC's Joe Dodge Lodge at Pinkham Notch Visitor Center on Seek the Peak weekend so you won't miss a minute of Seek the Peak fun! Located at the base of the Tuckerman Ravine Trail, MWOBS staff will be onsite from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday July 15 to greet hikers who select this popular route up Mount Washington as their Seek the Peak hike of choice!  

Hiker Shuttle Services

The Mt. Washington Auto Road offers a one-way shuttle service to hikers who want a ride down from or up to the summit of Mount Washington. They will have extra shuttles ready for Seek the Peak hikers on Saturday, July 15 for those who want a ride. Cost is $55 per passenger and may be purchased from the Auto Road on a first come, first served basis on the day of the event at either the Summit Stage Office atop the mountain, or the Stage Office in the base lodge of Mt. Washington Auto Road (for those wanting a ride to the summit). 

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Mount Washington Observatory's Mission

Mount Washington Observatory is a private, nonprofit, member-supported institution with a mission to advance understanding of the natural systems that create Earth’s weather and climate. It serves this mission by maintaining a weather station on the summit of Mount Washington, performing weather and climate research, conducting innovative science education programs, and interpreting the heritage of the Mount Washington region.