One Day Presidential Range Traverse (North to South)

Date of Hike: 6/28/08

Valley Way: 3.8 miles / Osgood Trail: .8 miles / Gulfside Trail: .3 miles / Mount Adams Loop: 1.0 miles / Gulfside Trail: 1.5 miles / Mount Jefferson Loop: .6 miles / Gulfside Trail: .7 miles / Mount Clay Loop: 1.2 miles / Gulfside Trail: .9 miles / Crawford Path: 1.8 miles / Mount Monroe Loop: .7 miles / Crawford Path: 1.3 miles / Mount Eisenhower Loop: .8 miles / Crawford Path: 1.2 miles / Webster Cliff Trail: 4.0 miles / Webster-Jackson Trail (Including Mount Webster Summit): 2.5 miles
Total Miles: 23ish, elevation gained 10,000ish

Trip Report:
- Solo hike, Started up Valley Way at 4:45am finished down Webster Jackson at 5:45 (13 hours)
- Lots of views until about 9am when clouds rolled in while on Mount Adams summit, no views the rest of the day, visibility around 100 feet
- Weather mid 50's and no wind!
- Went wrong way at Lake of the Clouds because I couldn't see, ended up on Dry River Trail
- Extremely sore for next 2 days!

Looking back at this several years later (April of 2014), this hike still puts a huge smile on my face!  I had no issues with the hike and was physically and emotionally ready for it.  However, I am amazed at how my body has changed over the years when it comes to recovery.  I could barely lift my leg up high enough to get into my tub/shower for several days after this hike.  This was my first time on about twenty of these twenty three miles, since then I have been back over and over again to the point where my feet are used to the knee hammering rocks and I don't get sore anymore.  Every time I'm up there at some point I'm reminded of this hike and how it became the gateway for me to become the hiker I am today. :)

I also did this in all cotton, proving that is you have a brain and know what you are doing cotton does not kill.  Lighten up people!


Mount Adams and Mount Washington off in the distance
Madison Springs HutClouds rushing in over Mount Madison
Terrific views from Mount Washington Crawford Path/Eisenhower Loop