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I did this yesterday and we loved it! Easy going for the first few miles with gorgeous smaller waterfalls... it opens up to huge boulders and the view is incredible once you break through the tree line.
Definitely make sure you’re wearing good shoes and proper clothes - the temp difference was certainly notable even mid way up.
We started on the short line / King’s ravine and cut across before we went up the entire summit and back down the airline trail.
Overall it was about 7 miles and took us about 6 hours including a couple small breaks for lunch and snacks.
Definitely a favorite of ours out of the other hikes we’ve done in the presidential range!

backpacking
9 days ago

Challenging doing ~1000ft/mi but the views are worth it. Surprisingly no bugs at night 8/4 at the Valley Way tent site.

hiking
11 days ago

Really strenuous but absolutely beautiful. This was my first presidential and it kicked my butt in the best way! Drink lots of fluid and plan for a full day hike unless you’re a pro. Gorgeous all the way up and down. Worth it!

I hiked this last week on a really good weather day. It was really fun but the hardest hike that I've done in the White Mountains. I started at the Appalachia trailhead, took Short Line/King Ravine Trail up to Mt. Adams, then went to Mt. Madison and then took the Watson Path down to Appalachia. With some stops for pictures and lunch and some time hanging out at the top, it was a little under a ten hour round trip. I took Short Line up and went through the Subway, which involved some crawl spaces and scrambling that were a different kind of challenge that you don't see very often. After that Short Line becomes a scramble up a flow of rocks at the headwall of King Ravine. Fun going up but like others I definitely would not recommend going down this trail. If your in shape for it and want a challenge, this is a really fun hike, but it should not be taken lightly. This is an all-day, tiring hike/climb.

backpacking
1 month ago

Took the Valley Way up, which is about 4 miles, this ascends the entire time with no switchbacks. Terrain is pretty easy for the most part. At about 4 miles is the Madison Springs hut. We dropped our packs there and took the 0.5 mile trail to the summit. This was a rockier trail with lots of boulders to navigate on. Took about 3.5 hours to get to Madison Springs hut and 1 addition hour to get to summit and back to the hut. We did not descend Madison, but continued onto Adams.

I hike this this the other day, gorgeous day not a cloud in the sky and 15 mph breeze. Trail starts out easy enough for the first few miles. After the mossy falls the trail gets significantly more difficult. I chose to go around the ice caves as i am a large guy was afraid i run into spots i might not fit through. going around on the other hand you will be climbing boulders the size of small houses with some tricky spots. once your through that and head up the Kings Ravine the trail definitely gets hairy. A lot of the trail is loose gravel and boulders the size watermelons that have the tendency to slide out from under your feet. If hiking with friends i would definitely recommend spacing yourselves out unless you want an "accident" to happen. this last half mile or so is pretty slow going. Once past this and to the next trail junction its only a half mile to summit Adams and its no different than the rest of the norther presidentials. large boulder fields and tough terrain. I would recommend making sure you have plan this hike well and give yourself plenty of time to complete it, and as with any of the northern 4000 footers make sure your prepared for anything.

Hiked up Short Line trail and back down Air Line trail after summit of Adams. Very windy at summit 50-60 mph. Short Line trail is very difficult for the last mile or so especially with the lingering ice. I hiked alone which I would not recommend on this trail as one misplaced foot can lead to serious injury. Air Line trail would have been a much easier hike up.

hiking
3 months ago

Very challenging but stunningly beautiful. Really fun hike

Unsure why this trail has a "moderate" rating. Shortline trail was fairly simple but once you reach the optional Subway portion and then the push up King's Ravine this becomes much more difficult. Fortunately I've had a bit of experience with 5k mountains in the White's and know they can become a scramble but a newbie going off this rating could get into a bit of trouble especially hiking alone. Great hike overall though with spectacular views.

hiking
11 months ago

11 months ago

Started on valley way then crossed over to Watson. Watson is definitely a leg killer and you come across a few false summits while hiking up some boulders/rocky areas but overall, it was amazing.

Aside from bugs in some of the boggier areas and a too close for comfort encounter with a bull moose, an altogether pleasant hike with some great views from Roger's Ledge.

hiking
Saturday, August 27, 2016

For the record the turn off of ME-26 is North Road not North Pond. Also after about 5 miles on North Road it changes names to Success Pond Road.

Hike was nice at the beginning and challenging for the 2nd half. Dogs enjoyed playing in the creek for the 1st half mile or so.

Very few bugs in late August.

hiking
Thursday, December 10, 2015

Took the less-traveled Howker Ridge path up to Madison on this day. Spent most of the time above tree line. doesn't get better than that! Howker ridge to valley way back to Appalachia lot took us 8 hours

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Pretty long and very intense! Rewarding views with a fire tower at the summit off the main trail

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Great hike. Very challenging. Also completed Mount Adams after. Total of a little over 8 hours.

hiking
Friday, August 29, 2014

Much less demanding than the intial portions of the Air Line, but will require a quick steep push to the summit via spur trail bearing right to Durand Ridge, or up Kings Ravine Trail. Spectacular views of the ravine and ridge.

hiking
Monday, April 22, 2013

We did this trail in February of 2013. The wind was steady at about 40mph and the temp was around -10f. When we broke tree line and made it to the hut we changed into warmer clothes and headed back down. We couldn't summit- this trail was a lot harder than anticipated.

hiking
Wednesday, September 01, 2010

The day started off well...partly cloudy & warm. By the time my son and I had gotten close to tree line, it was threatening rain and blowing a bit. We bagged the peak around 11:00 AM and went on down to the AMC hut as the rain started. We got some soup to go with our lunch & waited to see if if would stop raining. We struck out for Mount Adams but the rain increase so we decided to head back to camp. Relying on memory, we took a wrong turn and headed down a trail which eventually led us back to camp only via a different, more difficult route. I checked it out in my AMC guide the next morning...it said, "do not attempt ascending this trail in the rain; do not attempt this trail with a heavy pack; do not attempt to descend via this trail." We descended the trail with moderately heavy packs in what turned out to be heavy rain. Would I do the trail again? You betcha!!

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