Ascent of Mount Washington on 2015-08-22

Climber: Deb & Rob Osterhoudt

Date:Saturday, August 22, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Washington
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:6288 ft / 1916 m

Ascent Trip Report

Enjoyed a great hike through the Presidential range - our first time in the Whites. We started at 6:00 am from the Applachia TH and made our way to Madison via the Valley Way and Watson Trails (beautiful trails) - arriving on summit ~ 9:30am. From Madison we descended the AT to the Madison Hut where we spent an hour checking out the hut. From here half of our group took the Star Lake trail and half took the National Scenic trail to the summit of Adams (11:45 am) where we enjoyed the summit for about 30 minutes (very busy summit). From here we would make our way down to Edmunds col and enjoy some time with other hikers and then around 1:30 head up to Jefferson (summit ~ 2:30) and then again stop for a quick break at the coll where the trail splits where half of us took the detour on the Clay Loop trail to see the summit of Clay ( quick hike up, well worth the additional elevation gain) and the other half continuing on the Gulf side Trail towards the summit of Mt. Washington. Ultimately we all met up at Mt. Washington ( ~5 pm) where we spent an hour or so before descending via the Cog Rail maintenance trail which is about 3.2 miles. We arrived back at parking at 8:30 PM - total hiking time roughly 11.5 hours. Picture perfect day - bright blue skies, puffy clouds, light breeze and excellent views all day.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:146 ft / 44 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3588 ft / 1093 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:146 ft / 44 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Route:Gulf Side
    Start Trailhead:Nat Forest HP  6142 ft / 1872 m
    Time:30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3588 ft / 1093 m
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Route:Cog Rail Maint Rd
    End Trailhead:Cog Rail  2700 ft / 822 m
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Presi Partial Traverse 8-22-15

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Madison2015-08-224146 ft / 1264 m
2Mount Adams2015-08-221019 ft / 311 m
3Adams 52015-08-22100 ft / 30 m
4Mount Jefferson2015-08-22824 ft / 251 m
5Mount Clay2015-08-22973 ft / 297 m
6Mount Clay-South Peak2015-08-22150 ft / 46 m
7White Mountain National Forest High Point2015-08-22861 ft / 262 m
8Mount Washington2015-08-22146 ft / 45 m
Total Trip Gain: 8219 ft / 2506 m    Total Trip Loss: 4935 ft / 1503 m

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