White Mountains Dressed in Blue Panoramic
A beautiful day atop Mt Washington is when you can see for miles. When the conditions are right, the White Mountains will look blue even with autumn foliage coloring the trees below. This is the view looking south southwest.
There are two paths you see at the bottom center. The right is the Appalachian Trail taking you to the Lakes of the Clouds. The Lakes of the Clouds Hut is to the right of the frozen snow covered lakes perched on the ledge overlooking the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail. At the Hut, this trail splits in three. The right will take you up and over Mt Monroe, the closest pointed peak. The center trail continues on the Appalachian Trail and takes you around Mt Monroe, re-connecting again on the other side. Here the trail continues along the steep ridge to Mt Franklin, then down and back up to Mt Eisenhower. Mt Pierce is next, then Mt Jackson and then Mt Webster where you will be looking down upon Rte 302 in Crawford Notch. The left leg of the split will take you down into the valley, this is the Dry River Trail, as it travels along the Dry River all the way to Rte 302. You can see a section of Rte 302 in Hart’s Location. Looking deeper and meandering through the valleys to the far left corner you can see Squam Lake.
The left path is the Davis Path, this crosses the Tuckerman Ravine Crossover path and brings you to the peak of Boot Spur and then over to Mt Isolation, which is the peak you see on the front left. Behind that is Mt Davis, then Stairs Mtn and beyond that is Mt Resolution before dipping down to Bartlett, NH. You can also see the Cairns on this path which help mark the trail for hikers when the thick fog and clouds surround the mountains.
The mountains are blue due to an Atmospheric phenomenon, known as Rayleigh Scattering. It requires certain weather conditions, but it is when the air is full of particles, and the filtered sunlight is scattered while passing through these particles painting everything in the distance with a blue haze.