2014 Presidential Range Traverse – Multi-day Hike Dedicated to Sue Barber! AMAZING 3 days - 9 summits - 21 miles – 8,800ft elevation gain! Mt. Madison #30, Mt. Adams #31 and Mt. Washington #32 for me. Washington #41 for Tim!!! My first time on Clay. Third time on Jefferson. Second time on Monroe, Franklin, Eisenhower and Pierce! Started traverse 3 days after my 55th birthday!!! A year ago Sue asked me if I would be interested in hiking the Presidential Range Traverse with her. I hemmed and hawed a bit but ended saying yes! And I’m sure glad I did. Fast forward to May 2014. Sue and I agreed on a 3 days/2 night-traverse. She also invited Tim along on the traverse. Reservations were made at the Madison Springs and Lake Of The Clouds huts. I also set up reservations for the shuttle to take us from the AMC Highland Center to the Appalachia Trail on Route 2, the start of our 3-day trek. Unfortunately, 3 weeks before our traverse, Sue had to back out due to illness.
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Elevation: 4,340ft Trails: Avalon and Willey Ridge Elevation Gain: 2,400ft Distance: 5.4 miles roundtrip Duration: 5 hrs/15 min (includes stops for breaks along the trail and at both summits) My 4000+ Peak #17 Listed 4000+: #23 Via: Mt. Avalon (3,342 ft.) Difficulty: Moderate So there I was at the trailhead for the third time. The first time I did a solo hike to Mt. Willard , and the second time I made my first winter solo hike to Mt. Tom . I was familiar with how the Avalon Trail starts off easily from the Crawford Train Depot. I had planned to hike to Mounts Avalon, Field and Willey. But thunderstorms were forecasted for the afternoon and if I did hike to Mt. Willey, I didn't want to take a chance of hiking back down the steep rocky portions of trail when it was wet. I'd make my decision once I got to the summit of Mt. Field. I expected the heat but not the humidity. Some parts of the trail are steep and rocky and the combination of humidity and bugs