Thursday, June 16, 2011

#28 Mt. Adams

Mt. Adams (5,799) #28 via Airline, Gulfside, Scar and Valley Way trails, July 28, 2009.

Mileage: 8.6 miles RT

Elevation gain: 4500'

Trailhead: Appalachia.  Trailhead is on Route 2, approximately one mile east of Lowe's Store.  Access to Airline, Valley Way and many other trails.  A WMNF parking pass is not needed here.

Lesson learned: Mt. Adams summit is worth the hard work and annoying glacial boulders. 

Some say Mt. Adams is the hardest hike in the Whites  with impressive elevation gain, a rough, steep trail and even rougher summit cone. I would not argue that. The Airline trail hike is listed on the Terrifying 25 (a list I am not working on but you may be!).

Hiked with Eileen and Norm and we met a hiker, Joe, on top, who hiked down with us and joined us for dinner at Mr. Pizza in Gorham.  Weather was warm with clear blue skies.  Hiked Airline trail to the summit, then Airline, Scar (which was mossy and buggy) and Valley trails down to the car, about 9 miles total.  

There was a small knife edge portion of the trail and many steep ravines nearby.

Norm and Eileen hiking the "knife edge" of the Airline trail. Piece of cake!

Airline trail was steep in places but very doable, especially when compared to the rocky cone summit.  This hike was very much like the Mt. Madison hike (done a few weeks ago, the mountains are separated by a col that has the Madison Spring Hut nestled in it).  The rocks are big and rough and difficult to navigate around.  Mt. Adams seemed to have more of a trail to the summit than Madison.  Summit contained a sign – did not see a USGS marker (did not really look).  Views were breathtaking.
Mt. Adams summit cone
I learned much later that Mt. Adams is one of only a handful of places on earth with healing spiritual energy (see The Aetherius Society).  I hiked Mt. Adams again July 2011 (see later posting).

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