hiking
icy
muddy
rocky
scramble
snow
1 day ago

Fun and adventurous trail! If you need something challenging yet with rewarding views this is a good go-to. I went on May 25th with weather being 50-60s and sunny. There was still an abundance of snow as you went up in elevation. I brought along my 90lb Pup as well and he managed every part (but he’s fit and trained). Instead of finishing to the summit of Mt Adams on airline we somehow got on Star trail...that was interesting- it was completely covered in 3ft of snow and parts melting meaning you were picking yourself up as you fell thru a few times. Perks of that trail is that you were completely exposed on the side of the summit and the view was surreal! Spikes weren’t really needed until we came down on Spur Trail ( having the pup with us I decided to take a less steep route down) but overall enjoyable and a workout!

hiking
bugs
icy
muddy
rocky
4 days ago

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!

walking
icy
6 days ago

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

hiking
icy
rocky
snow
7 days ago

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.

hiking
icy
muddy
rocky
snow
24 days ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

August 2018 hiked the Presidential Traverse and stayed at the AMC High Huts from Appalachia trailhead to Lafayette Campground at Franconia Notch. 40+ miles - 6 nights. Some of the most rugged hiking I've ever done...great trip...thanks to the entire Hut Croo! The only detractor was the almost continuous scattering of trash from energy bar wrappers to trailside piles of used toilet paper. Most of the hike was on the Appalachian Trail which does get a lot of traffic so it behoves us all to know and practice Leave No Trace behaviour....Please - leave it better than you found it. If you can also, please take someone else's trash out with you. Thank You!

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

Amazing weather on this day. Snowshoes up to the hut then microspikes to summit. I think the steep parts of Ammonoosuc would have been too sloppy for just microspikes -- most wore snowshoes or full crampons. Ammonoosuc was steeper than I expected -- but a fun challenge!

Lost a black diamond raven ice axe and strap, just above tree line as well as another generic ice axe in this area in January. If anyone finds it I’d pay S&H to get it back. The bowl was gnarly.

I didn’t do this whole trail to the summit. We took it up to Harvard cabin and tent camped there before taking Lion’s Head trail to the summit yesterday. The hike to Harvard cabin was clear and very busy from Pinkham Notch (holiday weekend). Lions head to the summit was pretty quiet with just a few other groups. Definitely a few technical spots along the first part where ice ax and crampons are a must. After that, crampons will suffice. I was on a guided overnight hike with Synnott Moutain Guides. The guides were great and the hike was amazing. We were fortunate to have a break in the wind before the gusts got too bad yesterday to summit for a few minutes on a gorgeous crystal clear day!!! Amazing on top on this mountain in the winter (much different than the summer). The hike was hard and pushed me because of the elements - wind, cold, blowing snow. Definitely need appropriate gear and to cover all exposed skin. I wore five layers to sleep in tent in a 0 degree bag with fleece liner. Super cold but totally worth the effort! It was nice only having to climb from Harvard (approx 3520 feet) to the summit instead of doing it all on one day. I highly recommend a winter summit if you know why you’re doing or are using a guide (and would recommend Synnott) and want to deal with being extremely cold. It was breathtaking!

hiking
icy
snow
4 months ago

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.

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