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NH White Mountains - Presidential Traverse [Winter Day Hike]

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Feb 10 5:00AM - 8:00AM

A Presidential Traverse is a strenuous trek over the Presidential Range of New Hampshire's White Mountains and requires a participant to cross over the summits of peaks named after U.S. Presidents. To complete the traverse, one must begin at either the northern or southern terminus of the Presidential Range and finish at the opposing end.

Much of the route is above treeline and is quite vulnerable to high winds and sudden localized weather changes. Weather in the White Mountains is unpredictable, so plan accordingly.

We will be moving quickly.

A less than ideal weather forecast will postpone this hike to the next day.

Total Distance: 18 miles
Total Elevation Gain: 8,500 ft.

It is very important that you study and become familiar with the two below images. It helps if you download them to your phone and maybe even print them out.

Map & Route with Bailouts: (save to phone)

Elevation Profile with Bailouts: (save to phone)

GPX Tracks: (import to GPS device and/or app)

Initial Meeting Spot & End of Hike:
AMC Highland Center at Crawford Notch [masked], [masked])

Start of Hike:
Appalachia Trailhead [masked], [masked])

We will meet at AMC Highland Center at 5am, move some cars to Appalachia Trailhead, and then start hiking south. It is a half hour drive between the two trailheads.

The 7 peaks, in order:
- Mt. Madison (5367)
- Mt. Adams (5774)
- Mt. Jefferson (5712')
- Mt. Washington (6288')
- Mt. Monroe (5372')
- Mt. Eisenhower (4780)
- Mt. Pierce (4310)

Bailouts, in order:
1) Crag Camp (between Adams and Jefferson)
2) Gray Knob Cabin (between Adams and Jefferson)
3) Caps Ridge Trail (on top of Jefferson)
4) Jewell Trail (between Jefferson and Washington)
5) Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail (between Washington and Monroe)
6) Edmands Path (between Monroe and Eisenhower)

Items to bring:
- Headlamp
- GPS app/device
- Spare batteries for headlamp
- Spare headlamp (or small flashlight)
- Bring a little more food than you think you'll need
- Fire starter (matches, nuggets, lighter, etc.)
- Gloves
- Spare gloves
- Spare socks
- Rain jacket
- Hat
- Balaclava
- Snowshoes
- Microspikes
- Ski googles
- Stove (optional - for melting snow and fire-starting)
- Crampons
- Ice axe
- Emergency blanket


NOTE: You are responsible for bringing appropriate gear, supplies, clothing, first aid, and lights. You should review topographic maps and trail features carefully; understanding topography of any hike is key to your knowing where you are, where you're going, and how to get back.

See suggestions for GEAR on the "About" page for additional gear ideas.


You agree when you sign up for this group or any of the events that you have read and understand the below.

If you join us for a hike (or any other event), please understand that you are responsible for your own preparedness and well-being and will hold no one else liable in case of injury or mishap. You agree not to hold the Organizer, Assistant Organizers, or any other members responsible for any injuries, mishaps, or any other situation that may happen at a planned event. You are responsible to research the event, know the area, and bring the proper gear.

Your attendance on a hike signifies that you have read and accept the terms of this liability waiver.
Full waiver can be found on the ABOUT page.

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