Mount Washington is home to a unique alpine tundra zone that represents less than 0.07% of the New Hampshire landscape.

The views are reminiscent of bigger mountain ranges, the alpine flowers are stunning, and the weather is world famous.

This mountain environment is accessible to all via trails, a road, and a train. People from all walks of life have felt the wonder of being on the highest mountain in the Northeast. The experience is popular and traffic is increasing, putting pressure on this sensitive area.

Protect Mount Washington is a call to action campaign to protect Mount Washington’s unique alpine tundra zone from harmful development.

Protect Mount Washington is a call to action campaign to protect Mount Washington’s unique alpine tundra zone from harmful development. The current focus is on opposing and halting a high elevation lodge proposed by the Mount Washington Cog Railway.

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The Protect Mountain Washington campaign is collaborating with conservation organizations, mountain clubs, activist groups, and individuals compelled to protect this finite resource. We’ve solicited the help of a respected environmental law firm, regional scientists, Coös County citizens, mountain workers, local businesses and politicians. Following are some ways you help...

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Protect Mount Washington History | 2016-2018

In late 2016, the Mount Washington Cog Railway proposed to build a 25,000 square foot luxury lodge in the alpine tundra zone. This initial development threat was the beginning of the Protect Mount Washington Campaign and the formation of Keep the Whites Wild.

While the Cog Railway never formally announced a final status of this hotel development, 2022 news articles about a new Cog Railway development project would indicate the hotel project first announced in 2016 has been abandoned:

  • From a March 12, 2022 article on Boston.com: "...comes several years after Presby scrapped a plan to build a 35-room hotel on the mountain. That project came under widespread criticism from environmentalists and hikers, who argued the 25,000-square-foot (2,300-square-meter) hotel would damage the fragile alpine ecology and destroy the scenic views."
  • From a March 7, 2022 Union Leader article: "Presby acknowledged that opposition from environmental groups was a big factor in his shelving the Skyline Lodge project."

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