Madison and Adams

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.

Approaching Madison Springs Hut on the Valley Way
Approaching Madison Springs Hut on the Valley Way

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.

View to the east of the Wildcats and Carters
View to the east of the Wildcats and Carters
View of Randolph and the Crescent Range
View of Randolph and the Crescent Range

We didn’t spend much time on the summit as were hungry for our PBJs at the hut.

Mike headed down to the hut
Mike headed down to the hut

After our sandwiches we headed over to Adams which is about a mile away and 900 vertical feet up.

Washington, Clay and Jefferson from Adams
Washington, Clay and Jefferson from Adams
Gathering storm clouds over the Franconia Ridge to the west
Gathering storm clouds over the Franconia Ridge to the west
Madison from Adams
Madison from Adams

We headed back down Adams to the Valley Way and the long hike out to Appalachia.

King Ravine and Durand Ridge
King Ravine and Durand Ridge

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”.

 

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