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.
There were a lot of Painted Trillium fruits along the trail, these seem to be quite abundant this year.
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.
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.
The Buttress trail crosses several talus slopes and also has you crawl under several rocks.
Only 79 left to complete “The Grid over 60”.