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Hiking Mount Adams | 5,774 Feet | White Mountains, NH

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Mount Adams is the second highest peak in NH at 5,774 feet. Located in the Presidential Range Between Mount Madison and Mount Jefferson, it has incredible views. It is often hiked as part of the presidential traverse, with Mount Madison, or hiked by itself.

Elevation: 5,774 Feet

Rating: Difficult

Distance: 9.4 miles

Hike Time: 4-7 Hours

Mountain Range: Presidential

Elevation Gain: 4,445 Feet

Views from Mount Adams

Photo by @laxfreak548

Trail Map

Mount Adams Trail Map

Trails

There are many options to hike up Mount Adams. The below listed are the quickest way to solo hike Mount Adams, however there are other options from the east and south that are great trails for combining other presidential peaks.

Short Line Trail (Yellow)

This trail is 4.8 miles to the summit and begins at the Appalachia Parking Lot.

Air Line Trail

The air line trail parallels the Short Line Trail, and is accessible from the same starting location. This trail is very similar to the short line trail. Mileage: 4.3 miles to summit.

Lowe’s Path (Blue)

This is a 4.7 mile trail to the summit located at the Lowes Path Trailhead (click for directions)

Valley Way Trail

This trail also begins at the Appalachia Parking lot. It is 4.6 miles to the summit of Mount Adams.

Pine Link Trail

This option begins more to the east than the other options. It features around 3,900 feet of elevation gain. This trail is 4.9 miles to the summit of Adams, and 3.7 miles to the summit of Mount Madison. This is a great option for summiting both peaks. This trail begins on Dolly Copp road which is closed in the winter. Directions to Pine Mountain Trailhead

Directions

Weather Forecast

Gorham, NH

Overnight
Clear, with a low around 5. Wind chill values as low as -14. West wind around 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Wednesday
Sunny, with a high near 27. Wind chill values as low as -15. Southwest wind 20 to 25 mph.

Wednesday Night
Partly cloudy. Low around 7, with temperatures rising to around 15 overnight. Wind chill values as low as -1. Southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Thursday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 27. Wind chill values as low as -6. West wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Thursday Night
A chance of snow after 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17. Southwest wind 15 to 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Friday
Snow. Cloudy, with a high near 26. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

Friday Night
Snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 0. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Pictures

Mount Adams, NH

Photo by @laxfreak548

Mount Adams NH

Photo by @laxfreak548

Max DesMarais

Max DesMarais

Max DesMarais is the founder of hikingandfishing.com. He has a passion for the outdoors and making outdoor education and adventure more accessible. Max is a published author for various outdoor adventure, travel, and marketing websites. He is an experienced hiker, backpacker, fly fisherman, trail runner, and spends his free time in the outdoors. These adventures allow him to test gear, learn new skills, and experience new places so that he can educate others. Max grew up hiking all around New Hampshire and New England. He became obsessed with the New Hampshire mountains, and the NH 48, where he guided hikes and trail runs in the White Mountains. Since moving out west, Max has continued his frequent adventures in the mountains, always testing gear, learning skills, gaining experience, and building his endurance for outdoor sports. You can read more about his experience here: hikingandfishing/about

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