Photos of Presidential Traverse: Pine Link, Airline, Gulfside, Crawford, Webster-Jackson

Distance: 19.2 miles Elevation Gain: 8,448 feet Route Type: Point to Point

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2 months ago

Started at 5 am at the Pine Link trailhead using a headlamp and got to the Webster-Jackson trailhead around 7:30 pm. It was a beautiful mid-summer day, so there were a lot of people on the trails from the Madison summit to the Lake in the Clouds hut. The summits at Adams, Jefferson and Washington were packed. Overall it went pretty well, but from the Mitzpah hut on, I was wondering what the hell I was doing. The descent down from Jackson was brutal. Certainly glad that I did it and it has changed my perspective on other hikes. Anything less than 15 miles and 5000 ft now seems very like a very reasonable day hike.

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