Mount Adams

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The northern Presidentials are dominated by Mt Adams, the second highest peak in NH. It is a long trip from any trailhead, but unlike Washington there are places to stay on the mountain. Adams is located in some of the most difficult and rough terrain in NH. There are two prominent ridges on the north side Durand and Nowell with King Ravine, a large glacial cirque named after Rev. Starr King, in between. To the south, the Great Gulf dominates. The AT runs along the Gulfside trail, with Jefferson to the south and Madison to the north.

Elevation (feet): 5,771
Elevation (meters): 1,759
Continent: North America
Country: United States
State: New Hampshire
Latitude: 44.3203
Longitude: -71.2914
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Nearest major airport: Montpelier, VT
Convenient Center: Gorham, NH

Thanks to Wally Malicki for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 15 trip reports for Mount Adams.

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  • Log #10236 - by Yury Konev on Sep 07, 2004
    Summited via the Gulfside Trail from Madison
  • Log #10237 - by Karen Lambiase& Heather Buckley on Sep 06, 2004
    We started the hike from Appalacia up Airline at 11:15 AM and reached the summit at 2:30 just as a line of clouds tucked us privately away at the peak. After a 25 minute lunch-break, the clouds...
  • Log #10238 - by John & Lindsy Aragona on Sep 06, 2004
    Summit day was mostly clear and not as cool as expected. Saw great views of Washington and Madison. Little foggy at summit but no rain. Whole group had a great time, can't wait to come back!!
  • Log #10239 - by m0j0 and Beo on July 06, 2004
    Summited with Beo the fearless Jack Russel, via the Star Lake trail. Very cloudy and windy. -jabe
  • Log #10240 - by Mohamed Ellozy on Sep 08, 2002
    On a beautiful day we (an Appalachian Mountain Club group) climbed Mount Adams by the Airline Trail, bagged John Quincy Adams (a sub-peak that is on the rather obscure Trailwrights list) while...
  • Log #10241 - by Evan on May 27, 2002
    It was a nice hike up the airline trial with good views of the snow gullies in King Rvine. If you take a picture, it's hard to tell if it's in Colorado or not. No one would guess it to be New England.
  • Log #10242 - by Bill Conley on July 30, 2001
    Hiked up via Air Line Trail along Durand Ridge. Trail is a good long hike attaining approx. 4,500 feet of elevation gain and the views paid off for the hard work. Mt. Washington looms over head 3.
  • Log #10243 - by Eric D. Smith on July 25, 2001
    Climbed this peak during winter traverse of the Presidential Range, beginning at the trailhead of the Howker Ridge trail, north of the Range. Very difficult approach up the "Howkes",...
  • Log #10244 - by Chris Earle on June 28, 2001
    Strolled across the top in a cold drizzle while hiking a good chunk of the Appalachian Trail. Went into the AMC hut at the base, which in those days was a cheap source of warmth and basic food,...
  • Log #10245 - by Jim Lombard on June 22, 2001
    Hiked from Lowes Path in superb conditions. I read a report from March 3rd saying they had the best weather of the year...I'd have to dispute that. Amazingly winds on the summit never exceeded 10 mph...
  • Log #10246 - by Tim Cmaeron on June 16, 2001
    Second summit in a loop which included Madison(2)and JQ Adams. The snow was good, and the sky was clear. We didn't have any water but on the way down we found a great little lake. We summited in...
  • Log #10247 - by Alex on Mar 03, 2001
    Climbed Mount Adams w/ 2 friends via the Air Line trail and Durand Ridge on the second to last day of the year 2000. The weather that day was unbelievable for this time of year here in New England....
  • Log #10248 - by Jeremiah Jenne on Mar 14, 2000
    Hiked up Spur Trail to Lowe's from Crag Camp. About 3"-4" of fresh powder on snow field and varying visibility (30'-100') made route finding occasionally tricky. Light snow falling and...
  • Log #10249 - by Geoff Underhill on Jan 17, 2000
    AMC Winter Mountaineering School 4 night campout. Up Emerald trail from Castle Ravine. Good conditions. Summit fairly windy c.
  • Log #10251 - by Wally Malicki on July 23, 1999
    The airline train from Appalachia is the most direct route, although a little exposed from the north - once you get above the tree line. The views are amazing starting at the "knife's edge"...