Ascent of Mount Adams on 2015-06-27

Climber: Matthew Nelson

Date:Saturday, June 27, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Adams
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:5799 ft / 1767 m

Ascent Trip Report

I set out to find the abandoned "steepest of the east trail", Adam's Slide. I read a couple trip reports about climbing it, and it sounded interesting, so I decided to Try to find it. I ended up going solo as my friends couldn't go. I left Boston very late, almost 8AM, figuring I could take advantage of the long days of sunlight. I got to the trailhead about 11:45 and started hiking around noon.

The first suspension bridge right near the trailhead.

Just past the bridge, I saw a pine martin. This was actually the first time I have seen a pine martin on trail. The little guy kept hiding behind the tree, so it was hard to get the shot of him.

The first opening in the trees near the Parapet Brook junction.

At one of the many junctions along the Great Gulf Trail.

Finally the junction up to the six husbands.

I reached the junction of Six Husbands and Buttress trails and crossed the river along the Buttress Trail. On the other side of the river, there are a bunch of campsites with lots of little trails intertwined. These sites looked really trashed, there were lots of broken tree fragments around. I'm not sure if the damage was just from the camping, or if it was from weather. I suspect it was from the camping.

The trail actually goes to the left (N) of the campsites. Very shortly, the trail opens up into a short but wide exposed rock slide. I got a couple pictures from the rock slide, but realized that the Adam's slide trail doesn't start from this slide, so I headed back into the tress to look for the trail.

The trail starts just inside the trees from the slide

Behind the little tree in the lower left of the above pic is this...

So I started climbing up through the trees, and I was surprised how many blazes I saw.

Many of the blazes were pretty faded, but I was very surprised how clear alot of them were too. I found a bright pink patriots shirt along the trail, so I picked it up. I saw some evidence that someone had been through the trail not too long before me. The trail though the trees was very steep and was pretty wet in spots. I eventually came out into an alpine meadow of short shrubs. The trail was very overgrown here, and was very difficult to get through. The section through the trees scratched the hell out of my legs, arms, and torso, but this upper section was the worst of it all. I had no option but to plow through the branches with my legs and get even more scratched up.

There were alot of birds chirping up here, at least 3 different kinds that I saw. I got pics of a couple of them.

I continued up the exposed rocks towards the summit. Some of the cairns had been disassembled, but some chunks of white quartz, or whatever that rock is, were placed on top of rocks to mark the approximate path. As I met up with the Star Lake trail, I came over the shoulder and started getting a view of Star lake, Madison, and the hut.

I quickly bagged Adams, chatted a bit with the people at the top, then started heading down to the hut. Start lake trail is alot easier going down than up.

Star Lake

Yellow flowers around the lake

I stopped at the hut, bought the 2 remaining chocolate chip blondies in the basket, and refilled on water. I headed down the parapet trail to the Madison gulf trail, and at the junction of the Parapet trail and Madison gulf, there was a really beautiful little dell with lots of wildflowers. It was a really beutiful little spot, with a nice fairly flat rock to relax on. I would have liked to have stayed here a while, but I was losing light and needed to get down.

The Madison Gulf Trail was very cool; I would like to come up it some time. It is very steep near the top, but nothing that seemed too crazy. I got down to Sylvan Cascade, where I ran into a guy named Jeff and his dog. Jeff had stopped because his dog was exhausted and couldn't continue, so he was stopping to give him a rest. He was headed to the Osgood tentsite, but was planning on stopping for a few hours rest and hopefully making it to the tentsite before it started raining. He had all the gear he needed, so he was pretty well prepared to stay there if needed.

As usual, the rest of the descent was a seemingly unending slog. My knee really started hurting on Madison gulf, and it just got worse and worse as I descended. By the time I finally got to the Great gulf trail which is mostly flat, I was agony from the pain. The arrival back at the trailhead was a great relief and came right at 9PM. I started heading back to Boston, stopping at a gas station for coffee and a sandwich so that wouldn't have to stop for food. I got back home around 12:30AM.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4399 ft / 1341 m
    Elevation Loss:4399 ft / 1341 m
    Distance:12 mi / 19.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:4399 ft / 1341 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:Adam's Slide
    Trailhead:Great Gulf Trailhead  1400 ft / 426 m
    Time Up:5 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:4399 ft / 1341 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:Madison Gulf Trail
    Trailhead:Great Gulf Trailhead  1400 ft / 426 m
    Time Down:4 Hours 
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