Ascent of Mount Clay on 1951-09-09

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Others in Party:Joel Yancy
my fellow MIT grad student
Date:Sunday, September 9, 1951
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Clay
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:5533 ft / 1686 m

Ascent Trip Report

Yesterday we climbed 3,550' and 3.7 miles up the Air Line Tr to the Madison Hut (4,825'), where we had dinner and spent the night after hiking up Mt. Madison around sunset. With a leisurely start at 8:00 this morning, we departed the Madison Hut for the hike over the Presidential Range, finishing with Mt. Monroe. First came the three Adams peaks–Mt. John Quincy Adams (5,394'),Mt. Adams (at 5,798' the 2nd highest of the Presidentials), and Mt Sam Adams (5,584'). Then via Edmands Col to Mt. Jefferson (5,715') , Mt. Clay (5,532'), and Mt. Washington (6,288', 1:00 PM), the highest peak of the Range and also the state highpoint. After mingling with the numerous visitors, most of whom came courtesy of the cog railway and the auto road,, and enjoying the extensive summit views on this day of perfect weather, we headed down to Lakes of the Clouds (5,050') and up our final peak, Mt. Monroe (5,385'), before descending the Tuckerman Ravine Tr (4.1 miles) to Pinkham Notch (2,008', 5;45 PM). Total distance hiked today was approx. 11 miles from the Madison Hut with 3,400' of elevation gain. It wasn’t until 7:30 PM before I could hitch a ride back to our car at Randolph and return to Pinkham Notch to pick up Joel for the drive back to Cambridge (11:45 PM). What a memorable, rewarding day our hike in the Presidentials had provided–a true classic...
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4258 ft / 1298 m
    Elevation Loss:3525 ft / 1074 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:4258 ft / 1298 m
    Trailhead:Randolph, NH  1275 ft / 388 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:3525 ft / 1074 m
    Trailhead:Pinkham Notch  2008 ft / 612 m
Ascent Part of Trip: 1951-Presidential Range NH (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Madison1951-09-08 a
2John Quincy Adams1951-09-09 b
3Mount Adams1951-09-09 c
4Sam Adams1951-09-09 d
5Mount Jefferson1951-09-09 e
6Mount Clay1951-09-09 f
7Mount Washington1951-09-09 g
8Mount Monroe1951-09-09 h

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