Hiked Madison and Adams on 12/5/2014. These were peaks 536 and 537 for “The Grid over 60”. Mike Lynch joined me for this hike. We had another perfect day to be above treeline with temps in the high teens and low 20s, clear skys and low winds. We started up the Valley Way with just a dusting of snow on the ground and 4 or 5 inches as we approached the Madison Springs Hut. There were some sections with ice but very easy to navigate around them.
After a short break we headed up to the summit of Madison a half mile and 500 vertical feet away. There was some ice and very hardpacked snow on the way up but nothing very difficult. There were good views in all directions from the summit.
We didn’t spend much time on the summit as were hungry for our PBJs at the hut.
After our sandwiches we headed over to Adams which is about a mile away and 900 vertical feet up.
We headed back down Adams to the Valley Way and the long hike out to Appalachia.
As we drove home the tops of the mountains were hidden in the storm clouds. Only 39 peaks left to finish “The Grid over 60”.