Tuckerman Ravine: Alpine Ravine System
Description: An extremely popular destination for both summer and winter recreation, Tuckerman Ravine is also a hotspot for interesting and unusual biodiversity. The steep-sided bowl is a cirque, formed when an alpine glacier remained to carve it after the larger continental ice-sheet had retreated to the north. Vegetation still clings to the loose soil in places, collectively making up an alpine ravine/snowbank system. This ecological system contains several rare and exemplary natural communities, as well as a plethora of alpine plants and wildlife. Alpine ravine shrub thicket community is extensive here. Hikers should stay on marked trails and observe all the standard safety precautions of above-treeline travel.
Directions: Park at the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center parking area of Rte. 16 between Jackson and Gorham. Take the Tuckerman Ravine Trail west about 3 miles up to the floor of the ravine.
Landowner: White Mountain National Forest
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Tuckerman Ravine headwall (photo by Ben Kimball)
herbaceous snowbank community (foreground) at the base of the Tuckerman Ravine headwall
(photo by Ben Kimball)