I had an awesome day yesterday hiking Mt. Adams with a bunch of people from work. I haven’t spent a lot of time in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and this was a great chance to do some exploring.
Like all of my trip reports, this one will be heavy on photos.
The group met at the Appalachia trailhead around 8am. The toughest part of this trip was figuring out what to bring – the weather around here has been unseasonably warm so we were not really sure what to expect from the trail conditions. We had an assortment of gear ranging from crampons & ice axes to tank tops and shorts.
After some deliberation, we decided on taking the Airline Trail up, it is a trail that has a little more exposure but is a quicker way to get above treeline. To me, the hiking above treeline is much more interesting, so I was happy with that decision.
The trail is steep and scenic, one I would definitely recommend to someone hiking Adams or Madison. We took a few snack breaks on the way up.
I love snack breaks. It is really the only reason I hike.
After a few miles, we got to The Sign. The park service just wants to remind everyone passing that point that this has the worst weather in America, many people have died here from exposure, and not to do something stupid like try to summit in bad weather conditions.
We were finally above treeline (my favorite place to be). I was pretty excited.
There was pretty much no snow, which didn’t really surprise us. We thought there might be some ice, and we had the gear to deal with pretty much any icy conditions, but the top was nothing but rock.
One of my favorite people in the world, Erin, came with us, I was SO EXCITED to see her. I do not see her nearly enough, but it was so nice to catch up and do what we do best together – play outside. Here is a shot of her on the trail as we were following the cairns along the ridgeline heading toward Mt. Adams.
We continued to hike along the ridge, ooing and ahhhing at the views that were opening up around us.
Before long, we reached the summit.
Oh sorry. Here are some shots from the summit:
The winds were very minimal and the sun warmed the rocks around us. It was pretty much perfect up there so we spent a lot of time hanging out, eating, and looking around.
The camp is really cool and we sat there in the sun for quite a while playing with the Gorbies (known by many names including Canadian Jays, Whiskey Jacks, or Gray Jays). These birds are known for their boldness and thievery. They are often found in places that humans hang out hoping for a handout, or simply taking just taking one. As you can see, these Gorbies were very bold in trying to get food from us.
We reluctantly got off the porch of the Crag Camp and made our way back down to the Appalacha parking lot via Randolf Trail. The trail was icy in spots, but good. There were a few stream crossings which were really pretty.
Once back to the trailhead, we all got changed quickly out of our wet and dirty clothes and started our long drive home. It was a spectacular day with a super fun group of people. I can’t wait to go back!