Two for one special in the Presidentials

Peak Summited2019 Mount Washington
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadAmmonoosuc Trail
EncounteredWildflowers blooming
Hiking CompanionsHiked with a group
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusBugs were not too bad
Snow ConditionsSnowfields to cross - could be difficult
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

It was a two for one special in the Presidential section of the White Mountains. What started out as a solo hike became a group trip with new friends. We started out under bright sunny skies on the Ammonoosuc Trail heading towards the Lakes of the Clouds Hut. Although it was June, the trail still had several section with snow cover, including some of the steeper sections near the top. From the hut, we summited our first peak of the day, Mount Monroe, my third NH48. Wind made it quite cold on Monroe, but the views were unmatched with clear views of Washington and the ravines below and seemingly endless views towards Eisenhower and the southern Presidentials. After Monroe we followed the Crawford Path to the top of the Beast, Mount Washington. This peak was #3 for the Challenge (half way!). After a brief stop at the summit for food we continued our loop along the Trinity Heights Connector to the Gulfside Trail heading towards Mount Clay. Once on Mount Clay we began our descent on the Jewell Trail which completed the loop. This has got to be among the best trails in the Whites. Miles of ridgeline trail above tree-line with 360 degree views of the valley below. Breath-taking! Total hiking for the day was 12.51 miles with 4,577 vertical feet of climbing. The Whites never disappoint. Up next, the Franconia Ridge!


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