One Day Presidential Range Traverse (South to North)

Date of Hike: 8/8/09
Webster-Jackson Trail: 2.4 miles
Webster Cliff Trail: 4.1 miles
Crawford Path: 1.2 miles
Mount Eisenhower Loop: .8 miles
Crawford Path: 1.4 miles
Mount Monroe Loop: .7 miles
Crawford Path: 1.7 miles
Gulfside Trail: 1.1 miles
Mount Clay Loop: 1.2 miles
Gulfside Trail: .7 miles
Mount Jefferson Loop: .8 miles
Gulfside Trail: .9 miles
Israel Ridge Path/Lowe's Path: .4 miles
Airline Trail: .6 miles
Gulfside Trail: .4 miles
Osgood Trail: .5 miles
Watson Path: 1.5 miles
The Brookside: 1.7 miles
Valley Way: .9 miles
Total Miles: Around 23 miles (Whole lotta elevation gain!!)

Trip Report:
- Solo hike, Started at 5am finished at 6pm (13 hours). Dad dropped me off at Webster-Jackson Trail and picked me up at Appalachia, thanks old man!
- Incredible day, 45-65 degrees, 20-45 mph wind, clear skies, fantastic views
- Summited Mount Washington just after 11am, had some lunch, relaxed, back on trail at noon
- Ran into a group doing one day traverse in opposite direction around 1:30 between Mount Clay and Mount Jefferson. They started at 5am from Appalachia parking area.
- Met AT through-hiker coming up Watson Path who took a wrong turn at Mount Madison summit. Got out my map and showed him where to go (Osgood Trail). He was going to the Osgood tent site for the night.
- Much more enjoyable than last years traverse because of the views, plus only the last 3 miles is below treeline compared to the majority of the last 6.5 miles going south.

Pictures: Click here to view all pictures

Heading North on the Crawford Path
Mount Monroe and Mount Washington
Lakes of the Clouds Hut and Mount Monroe
Great Gulf Wilderness and Northern Presidential Range
Cog crawling up to the summit
On the Gulfside Trail
Star Lake and Mount Madison from Adams Summit
365 degree view from Mount Eisenhower


  1. Hello ,

    I am from Quebec and this is not the first time I take a look at your trip report and pictures and it sure makes me dream to come back to the White for another hike.

    AMC member as well,


  2. Hi Helene

    Glad you like to look at the trip reoprts and hope you can make it back to the Whites soon and have an awesome hike with lots of good views!