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!

Pictures:

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

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