Hike up, but not down?

On Saturday, the annual event of Seek the Peak took place which is a fundraiser for the Mt. Washington Conservatory.  Mtn Center set up a tent and tables to stretch sore hikers after they summited and returned to the bottom and made their way to the base of the Auto Road.  The event is a 'pick your own adventure (trail) to the top of Mt. Washington' and then eat food, mingle with local businesses/vendors and get stretched out all for a great cause.    

The event went well with one curious fact.  I spent a few hours stretching many brave souls who all seemed to have hiked ONLY up to the top of the mtn - not down.  Most of the hikers were from out of the area and were very happy that there was an option to drive/ride down. Many explained that they wanted to take advantage of this rare, seemingly, frivolous and decadent option which most summits do not provide.  I was a bit taken a back, in my mind, a hike is up and down.  Granted the down is usually more punishing than the up and I find myself wishing for a paraglider, bike or skis when down hiking.  But I see their point and I pleasantly found very few tight, sore quads.  

The Presi range hiding behind clouds...

The Presi range hiding behind clouds...