NE 4,000 Footers
NE 100 Highest
NH 4,000 Footers
NH 52 With A View
NH Belknap Range
NH Ossipee 10
Explanation of Ratings
Ossipee Mountains Notice
Randolph, NH, Low and Burbank's Grant, NH, Thompson and Meserve's Purchase, NH
Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking down the Air Line Trail
With a tremendous weather forecast, I arranged to take the afternoon off and head up to the Northern Presidentials.
Arriving at Appalachia, I loaded up my pack - snowshoes and all - and headed up the Air Line. Things dragged considerably for quite awhile, as I was feeling quite low on energy. While the first fraction of a mile was mostly snow free, the monorail started fairly soon - thus, Microspike time. The Micropsikes were adequate, though there were some significant blue ice bulges along the way that begged for crampons.
Reaching the treeline, my lack of energy suddenly disappeared. The views were tremendous and the temperatures still fairly mild. Reaching the summit, things were a bit windy, but not too bad. After taking a few tea photos (Tea Party Day!), I put on my crampons and carefully worked my way back down the icy snowfield. Having never been to Mt. Quincy Adams before, I decided to leave the trail and head over to it.
Though not particularly prominent, there were great views from the summit nonetheless. While I could have in theory done a bee line toward the hut, I decided to return to the Air Line-Gulfside junction and take the traditional route down.
Once at the hut, I took off my crampons and barebooted to the summit of Madison. Once again, the views were spectacular - probably 100 miles or so. After doing another set of tea photos, I headed back to the hut, put on my Microspikes, and descended the Valley Way. Near the bottom, I took the Fallsway and checked out the multiple waterfalls it approaches - not a bad alternative to the somewhat monotonous Valley Way.
The Air Line Trail trailhead at Appalachia
Mt. Washington as seen from the summit of Mt. Adams
Looking across the snowfield on the way to Mt. Quincy Adams
The Carters and Wildcats as seen from Mt. Quincy Adams
Looking down the Gulfside Trail
Mt. Washington and Mt. Adams as seen from Mt. Madison
One of the falls along the Fallsway Trail
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