This is one of the less difficult approaches to the alpine zone on the Presidential ridge, and an open summit of a 4000-footer, with spectacular views of the Presidentials. The hike is 3.3 miles each way (6.6 miles total) at a moderate pace, with possible short stops for interesting birds. Elevation gain 2670 feet. Hike starts at the Edmand's Path trailhead parking area, 2.3 miles along the Mount Clinton Road off Route 302 near the AMC Highland Center. We will dwell a while at the summit to soak up the scenery. If the entire group is willing, we'll also detour a short way to the north along the Crawford path towards Mt Franklin. The walk along the summit ridge is an easy and beautiful stretch of the AT.
Please arrive by 8:50 am for introductions and equipment check so that we can begin the hike at 9:00 am. Maximum group size is 10. The trip will go ahead in light rain but cancel with heavier weather, or with heat index of 95 F or higher. Registration required.Directions:
From the junction of Route 3 and Route 302 in Twin Mountain, NH, follow Rte 302 east for 8.0 miles. Turn left onto Mount Clinton Road. (Caution: poor road condition, with many bumps and potholes). If you are traveling from North Conway through Crawford No
Hiking in Whites since 1969. AMC member since early 1970s (with a few gap years) Completed 4000'ers in 1986, including most in winter as well. Active as AMC Volunteer Naturalist, especially on birds, trees, and local history. Author of Waterfalls of the White Mountains (Backcountry Publications, 1989 and 1999). Lived and hiked in Africa for 10+ years in five countries. Profession: International development economist, now semi-retired.