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Presidential Traverse

This guide covers detailed route information, gear/food/water recommendations and pictures of each summit for reference
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 22.1 miles
Duration: Full day

Overview :  The Presidential Traverse is an excellent and well traveled hike of some of New England's highest peaks - almost all at maximum... more »

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AMC White Mountain Trail Map - Presidential Range
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Points of Interest

1. Mt. Madison

The route up Madison is rugged - the Valley Way begins along side the Airline route is taken to the Watson path trail and on up to Madison.

2. Snyder Brook Waterfall

3. Madison Hut

From Madison descend down to the AMC Madison Spring Hut.

You can take the Star Lake Trail up to Adams or take the Gulf Side Trail to the Air Line up to Adams. Both Madison & Adams have signs.

5. Mt. Jefferson

The route to Jefferson has many trails that cross over but stick to the Gulf Side Trail until you get to the Loop Trail which will take you to Jefferson (a mound of granite with a USGS peg at the top).

6. Mt. Washington - Agiocochook

After Jefferson is Washington (Agiocochook - the Great Spirit in the sky). Head South East back on to the Gulf Side Trail and follow Gulf Side up to Washington. Water is available at the summit if you need to reload. This is a great spot to regroup your team and to refocus. The rest is mostly downhill and where you need to focus... More

7. Mt. Monroe

Off Washington to the West take the Crawford Path South West to Mt. Monroe Loop just passed the Lakes of the Clouds Hut.

Hop back on to the Crawford Path until you reach the Mt. Eisenhower Loop. Summit Eisenhower & get back on the Crawford Path.

9. Mt. Pierce

Just 2 more to go. The Crawford Path heads West just before Pierce - DO NOT FOLLOW CRAWFORD OFF THE Appalachian Trail! The Mizpah Hut is just passed Pierce and a welcomed sight.

10. Mt. Jackson

Not even 2 miles beyond Pierce is the final peak - Jackson. Off of Jackson take the Webster-Jackson trail back to your car - not the Webster Cliff Trail. Either trail is rugged and demands your mental focus - especially after hiking 20 miles.

Congratulations!