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Mt. Adams, Mt. Sam Adams
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.
Lowes Path on the way to Mt. Adams
Lowes Path on the way to Mt. Adams

Route: Lowes Path, (Mt. Adams), Lowes Path, Gulfside, bushwhack, (Mt. Sam Adams), bushwhack, Gulfside, Israel Ridge Path, Randolph Path, Grey Knob Trail, Spur Trail, King Ravine, Lowes Path

Lowes Path was generally dry and in good shape. Some moist or muddy sections, but almost always easily passed with stepping stones.

"Bushwhacked" from Thunderstorm Junction to Mt. Sam Adams, and back, finding it pretty easy to stay on rocks and thus not trample alpine growth.

Grey Knob Trail was pretty tedious - subpar footing from Israel Ridge Path to Grey Knob cabin. Below there, some areas of standing and running water.

Spur was pretty smooth sailing.

Lower King Ravine Trail had some annoying end-of-day ups and downs, but generally a forgiving footbed. One brief muddy area.

Lots of diapensia in bloom above treeline. Quite a few patches of Lapland Rosebay off trail on Mt. Sam Adams (and also a few snow fields). Also a nice patch of Lapland Rosebay on Israel Ridge Path. Alpine Azalea scattered throughout as well.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Adams
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Moderate
Destination: Mt. Sam Adams
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, May 27, 2012
Parking Elevation: 1,311'
Destination: Mt. Adams
Time Elapsed: 04:35
Trailhead Elevation: 1,385'
Summit Elevation: 5,774'
Vertical Gain: 4,439'
Destination: Mt. Sam Adams
Time Elapsed: 00:25
Trailhead Elevation: 5,774'
Summit Elevation: 5,585'
Vertical Gain: 95'
Hike Time Elapsed: 09:29
Hike Vertical Gain: 4,684'


The Lowes Path trailhead off US 2
The Lowes Path trailhead off US 2

Mt. Washington and Mt. Jefferson as seen from the summit of Mt. Adams - Click to enlarge
Mt. Washington and Mt. Jefferson as seen from the summit of Mt. Adams

Lapland Rosebay on the side of Mt. Sam Adams
Lapland Rosebay on the side of Mt. Sam Adams

Mt. Madison and Mt. Adams as seen from Mt. Sam Adams - Click to enlarge
Mt. Madison and Mt. Adams as seen from Mt. Sam Adams

Chandler Fall
Chandler Fall

Directions to trailhead: Take US 2 West from Gorham past the Appalachia trailhead/parking lot. Lowes Store will soon be on the right. As of spring 2012, there was a $1 fee to park at Lowes Store. The Lowes Path trailhead is just west of the store, across US 2.

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