Presidential Traverse

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Trip dates: Saturday, August 15, 2020 6:00 AM to 8:45 PM

One of the epic and most famous hikes in the White Mountains is the Presidential Traverse. Join us for this strenuous and amazing hike in which hikers climb all of the significant mountains in the Presidential Range, including eight 4000-footers, with 14 miles of above treeline hiking. This hike offers stellar, uninterrupted views for hours on end when the weather cooperates and the clouds are lifted.

This is a moderately paced, one-day trip that is about 24 miles long with close to 9,000 feet of elevation gain. This trip involves challenging terrain, including steep and rocky ascents, uneven footing and exposed areas above treeline. Each participant must be in excellent hiking shape, have recent high elevation and high mileage hikes, and be comfortable hiking in the dark with a headlamp. If we are able to maintain a steady 1.5 mph pace, including breaks, our hike will take 16 hours, so we will be starting and ending in darkness.

Regardless of the season, a Presidential Traverse is not a hike to take on lightly. Besides being physically strenuous, bad weather (i.e. rain, high winds, fog and cold temperatures) is a constant threat and can change quickly. Much of this hike is above treeline, so please be prepared with gear appropriate for all weather conditions, in addition to the appropriate gear for summer hiking in the Whites.

Our group size will be limited to five participants, out of our concern about social distancing. We will be following all AMC, WHO and CDC COVID-19 guidelines. Required equipment will include at least one mask and pair of medical-grade gloves.

Trip details

Trip region: 
New Hampshire, White Mountains
Trip state: 
Mark Warren

The leader has about 50 years of hiking and backpacking experience and has been leading trips for the Boston Chapter since 2000.

Kris Vander Plaat

HB Coleader since 2019.

Trip country: 
Trip difficulty: 


Adults (18+)


Registration required: 


Creation date: 
2020-07-04 19:50:34.0
Last updated: 
2020-07-29 13:23:25.487