Presidential Traverse Run : 5 Hours 59 Minutes

Date of Hike: 9/26/15

Daniel Webster Scout Trail: 3.5 miles  /  Osgood Trail: 1.0 miles  /  Gulfside Trail: 0.3 miles  /  Airline:  0.5 miles  /  Lowe's Path 0.3 miles  /  Gulfside Trail: 1.4 miles  /  Jefferson Loop Trail: 0.7 miles  /  Gulfside Trail: 0.7 miles  /  Mount Clay Loop: 1.2 miles  /  Gulfside Trail: 1.1 miles  /  Crawford Path 1.5 miles  /  Mount Monroe Loop: 0.7 miles  /  Crawford Path: 1.2 miles  .  Mount Eisenhower Loop: 0.8 miles  /  Crawford Path 4.3 miles
Total Miles: 19.2 (8,500 feet elevation gained) Garmin 910XT

Trip Report:
-  Saturday morning, Kyle and I headed to the Presidential Range for a run of the presidents. We have both hiked the Presidential Range Traverse on several occasions, but this time we would 'run' the thirteenish miles of the above treeline boulder field between Mount Madison and Mount Pierce while on our way from Dolly Copp to Crawford Notch. We kept to a conservative pace across most of the northern range to save our energy over the brutal footing.
Once descending to Monticello Lawn from Jefferson's summit I picked up the pace and kept a solid uphill fast hiking pace followed by a pretty torrid downhill over Clay-Washington-Monroe-Ike-Pierce under dry bluebird skies with views for miles and miles.
-  This was a good first/trial run of the Presidential Range.  Looking forward to running it again next summer with a goal of finishing between five and five and a half hours.

 Route for the day, click here for details

 Mount Adams seen from Mount Madison

Mount Madison as seen from Mount Adams

Looking south from Mount Jefferson towards Mount Clay and Washington

Great Gulf with Mount Washington from Mount Clay

Mount Jefferson, Adams, and Madison from Mount Clay

The crowded summit of Mount Washington

Southern Presidential Range from Mount Monroe

Mount Washington as seen from Mount Washington

 Mount Monroe, Clay, and Jefferson from Mount Eisenhower

The view from the final peak of the day, Mount Pierce 

Time, splits, elevation data


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks, Josh. We had great weather for the whole trek across the Presi's which made it very enjoyable!