Date of Hike: 11/24/18
Valley Way: 3.8 Miles / Osgood Trail: 0.8 miles / Gulfside Trail & Airline: 2.0 miles / Valley Way: 3.8 miles
Total Miles: 10.4 miles (5,075 feet elevation gained)
Trip Report:
– Finally after what seemed like forever, Saturday's weather was perfect to not only go above treeline but to be able to enjoy it as temps hovered around freezing with minimal wind.
– Todd, Nate and his dog Piper, and I took advantage of the optimal conditions and went for a morning hike of Madison and Adams. We put our snowshoes on at the parking lot and didn't take them off until we were back down. The trails were close to perfect for snowshoes and will be after another foot plus falls on Monday night. Full winter conditions started very early this year, shortening the much loathed shoulder season that is a royal pain in the ass.
– Not much else to say other than it was another kick ass day in the mountains, enjoy the pictures. Click here for combined album from Todd, Nate and I on Google.
Reaching the alpine zone and passing the weather warning sign on Valley Way
Nate, Piper, and Todd make their way to Madison Springs Hut
Todd heads up Osgood Trail with Mount Adams to behind him
Rime ice blasted boulder
JQ Adams and Mount Adams
Mount Washington and Adams
The Great Gulf
Carter Dome, Carter Notch and the Wildcat Range with the ski area in view
Mount Madison Summit area
Mount Adams as seen from Mount Madison
Nate and Piper make tracks up the Gulfside Trail
Todd with the summit cone of Madison behind him
Piper, Todd, and Nate hiking along Airline
The guys make their way to to summit
Summit of Mount Adams. We spent about a half hour up here enjoying the weather
Mount Jefferson, Clay, Washington
Mount Jefferson
Great Gulf
Mount Washington
Great Gulf headwall
Looking down at Mount Madison from Mount Adam's summit
Edmands Col and a zoom in on the Jefferson snowfield, already filled in like it's mid winter
Piper and Nate descending Airline