Adams and Madison

Hiked Adams and Madison on September 7, 2014. Peaks 496 and 497 for “The Grid over 60”. Managed to make this a 17 mile hike by hiking through the Great Gulf and up the Six Husbands trail to the Edmands Col Cutoff and along the Gulfside trail to Israel Ridge to Adams, then Airline back to Gulfside to Madison Hut and Madison and then down the Buttress trail to Great Gulf. It was a long day. Six Husbands trail is quite steep and has 4 ladders to help but there are a few other places that could use ladders that make for some interesting challenges.

Looking down one of the ladders on the Six Husbands trail
Looking down one of the ladders on the Six Husbands trail

There were a lot of Painted Trillium fruits along the trail, these seem to be quite abundant this year.

Painted Trillium fruit
Painted Trillium fruit

Once the trail is above treeline and it flattens out a bit there are extensive views in all directions from a perspective you don’t often get to see.

View of Adams from Six Husbands trail
View of Adams from Six Husbands trail

 

Washington from the Six Husbands trail
Washington from the Six Husbands trail

It was quite windy on the summit of Adams so I didn’t linger long to take pictures. Stopped at Madison Hut and had a snack (PBJ) and then went up Madison. Unfortunately I left my camera at the hut so no pictures from the summit of Madison where it was even windier than Adams. Fortunately my camera was still where I had left it at the hut. I went over to Star Lake and then down the Buttress trail which is steep and rough but not as steep as the Six Husbands trail.

Madison from Star Lake
Madison from Star Lake

 

Madison from the Buttress trail
Madison from the Buttress trail

The Buttress trail crosses several talus slopes and also has you crawl under several rocks.

A crawl under on the Buttress trail
A crawl under on the Buttress trail

 

Talus slope on the Buttress trail
Talus slope on the Buttress trail

Only 79 left to complete “The Grid over 60”.

 

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