Ascent of Mount Adams on 2011-08-06

Climber: Tony Rachupka

Others in Party:Pete
Date:Saturday, August 6, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Adams
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:5799 ft / 1767 m

Ascent Trip Report

I had wanted to hike King Ravine after seeing some good trip reports. So thanks for that! Pete and I were on our own with our ladies off doing something fun without us. So we decided to do a hike and Tish joined us as well.

We parked at Lowe's store and headed up Lowe's Path. It's a dollar/day to park there so that's pretty awesome. I know Valley Way gets a ton of traffic in winter-does anyone use Lowe's Path?

There is not much elevation gain before the climb out of the ravine. We decided to crawl through The Subway which is different from any other "trail" I've been on. We skipped the Ice Caves-is that worth doing sometime?

The climb out of the ravine is steep as advertised. We stopped about halfway up and had lunch. Great views of the ravine and I like how you can see Crag Camp. We had a couple other stops so we wouldn't die. It was a warm day with no wind anywhere, not even later on at the summit of Adams.

We made it out of the ravine and then onto the summit of Adams. This was my second visit to Adams in about a month but thankfully I had views this time. I couldn't even tell there was a ravine last time. The Presis were almost completely out of the clouds though dark clouds were lingering. And there were a lot of bugs and they sucked. It seemed like if there was even a little bit of wind maybe the bugs would not have been a problem. Very odd to not have any wind on the Presis.

We took Lowe's Path all the way back to the trailhead. I was surprised at how much time is spent above treeline for this route. On this particular day that was fantastic but I could see it being a problem for a different day. We stopped in at the Gray Knob cabin to check it out. I want to stay at an RMC hut sometime. It sounds like this one doesn't get much use-they didn't have a single person staying there Friday night. Lowe's Path looks moderate on the map if you look at the elevation lines but it still had some steep sections and much of the trail was wet and slippery. We got back to the trailhead and grilled up some burgers before hitting the road.

The King Ravine Trail was great! Next time I might have to try the Great Gully Trail. Has anyone taken that one?
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4500 ft / 1371 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4500 ft / 1371 m
    Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Start Trailhead:1299 ft / 395 m
Descent Statistics

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