Hiked Madison, Adams and Jefferson on 10/12/14. These were peaks 509, 510 and 511 for “The Grid over 60” The plan for the day was to do a Presidential traverse, but that didn’t happen due to the conditions that we faced in the morning. The weather forecast was for a clear day and a little bit windy. After hiking up the Valley Way to Madison Springs Hut we were in the clouds with temperatures in the high 20s and quite windy. We went to the summit of Madison which was made difficult because of the wind and there was rime ice on all the rocks. Between being staggerd by the wind and having to be very careful where you put your feet it took us a lot longer than ususal to complete this part of the hike. There were no views from the summit as we were in the clouds and I don’t think I could have stood still long enough to take a picture. We returned to the hut and had a PBJ. We took off for Adams and stayed on the Gulfside trail to Thunderstorm Junction and then took the short hike up to Adams. This seemed a better choice as it wasn’t as steep and there wasn’t much rime on the rocks. It was not as windy on Adams as it had been on Madison and the clouds lifted briefly for some small views.
We left Adams and headed over to Jefferson. The winds had let up quite a bit and the sun was trying to come out and eventually did as we headed up to the summit of Jefferson.
There was still some color in the valleys but well past peak color.
There were a lot of people on Jefferson, many more than I expected based on the weather conditions we saw in the morning. Most of the people had come up the Caps Ridge trail from Jefferson Notch. This a short but quite steep way to get to the summit. We had a second PBJ on Jefferson. We decided at Jefferson that we didn’t really have time to complete the traverse and be down to the car before dark so we headed back to Appalachia via Randolph Path, Israel Ridge and Link trails. We got back there just as the sun went down.
Even though we didn’t complete the traverse it was good hike and fun to be above treeline. Only 65 peaks left to finish “The Grid over 60”.