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Mount Adams Via Air Line Trail is a 7.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Randolph, New Hampshire that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.5 mi Elevation gain 4,432 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

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Snowshoeing

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Forest

River

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Blowdown

Bugs

Muddy

Rocky

Scramble

Snow

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Michael Mariano
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HikingBugsRockyScramble

Took Airline trail yesterday. This climb is for very experienced climbers. Lots of steep vertical rocky inclines. Additionally lots of bugs first 2 miles through the tree canopy before alpine level. The humidity can be a bit overwhelming with muscle exhaustion so be sure to Take your time and bring lots of water. Stop at Madison hut and take a nice break to give your legs and body a rest. You can also fill up with water if you need to. Beautiful views from the summit. Take your time and be safe.

Carter Semple
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Hiking

Awesome. On the way back I took the Valley View trail via Madison Hut, certainly a more gradual and less rocky route down .......there is also a pretty cool waterfall side trail you can take

Jerry King
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Hiking

Air Line was in good shape yesterday despite a few blowdowns. The scramble through the boulder field to the top ends with a great view of the Presidential Range stretching out to the south. Definitely worth the effort. Even better... the crew at Madison Springs hut was making burritos when we circled thru on our way back down. Wish I had packed a cold beer or two!

Mary S
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HikingBlowdownGreat!Scramble

A great trail to get to Adams. While you are there, swing down tot he hut and get Madison. Perfect weather and enough wind to keep the bugs away. Water crossings were no issue. Take the Star Lake trail down to the hut. After Madison head down Valley Way which is really a great trail.

Tyler Hill
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HikingRocky

Awesome day

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Caroline Samuels
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Backpacking

Trail in great condition!

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Heather Orlando
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HikingRockyScramble

Went up airliner took about three hours. Went down Valleyview and it took much longer. Two hours in we got out of the woods and it was a beautiful beautiful view but the last hour and maybe a mile and a half is extremely rocky, scrambly and difficult I was so glad I didn’t bring my dog the rocks are very sharp and unsteady with a lot of gaps. When you summit there’s no sign that says “Mount Adams and the elevation“ which is a bummer to me. Barely any snow and much colder at the top especially when you’ve been sweating walking up a big mountain. Quite a few big downed trees in the trails. Just a heads up at no point did airliner ever say this much longer to the top of Mount Adams so I was always wondering how much further we had to go.

Olivia Marie
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HikingBugsIcyMuddyRocky

Nice day! No wind at the summit, lots of sun. Buggy and muddy towards the bottom. Just missed some bears that were in the area. Middle section was very icy and snow was packed. Traction needed but didn’t use snowshoes. The last stretch is a climb but totally worth those amazing 360° views!

Noëlle Marty
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WalkingIcy

Awesome trail but absolutely bring spikes and poles still very snowy and lots of ice

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Emily Anderson
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HikingIcyRockySnow

We went up airliner, down airliner, across Scar to valley way. Pretty icy and steep going up one part of airliner, didn’t want to go down it with the dogs. Scar was a lot of post hole but valley view was beautiful along the river. Couple fast water crossings nothing treacherous. Needed spikes, got by without snowshoes.

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Hayden Lynch
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HikingIcyMuddyRockySnow

Great trail, amazing views. Spikes are absolutely necessary! Recommend going early while snows still hard otherwise softens and you fall through too often. Well worth it, one of my favorite hikes in NH

Jeton Hoxha
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HikingIcy

Went in late March great hike, BRING CRAMPONS THIS TIME OF YEAR, I was severely slowed down not having these

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Joe Mugavero
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HikingSnow
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Hidden Gem
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HikingIcySnow

Wonderful hike. Very challenging coming down without slipping. The hike up was tough but it was manageable (despite snowfall the night before). Cold weather can be problematic so make sure you check the forecast and bundle up. Summited 01/18/20.

Edwin Hassenstein
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HikingIcyRockyScrambleSnow

Awesome hike! Snow shoes helped/walking behind someone in snow shoes lol. Airline is really tough but well worth it, ridge line is so cool

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