|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Adams, NH|
||Great Gulf Trail, Six Husbands Trail, old Adams Slide Trail, Israel Ridge Trail, Gulfside, Castle Ravine Trail, Caste Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Monday, October 11, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Lots of water crossings on the Castle Ravine Trail. Even without especially high water, some of the crossings were a bit challenging. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||The RMC does a great job. No joke. |
|Lost and Found:
||The purpose of this outing was to take on the abandoned Adams Slide Trail. Box checked. This was actually a very fun adventure, and I'm not sure why the trail was ever abandoned (besides the obvious fact that it is hella-steep). 2400 feet of gain in 1 1/4 miles. |
The most difficult section of trail to follow is actually just after you start on the Six Husbands Trail, after the immediate water crossing, there is a very confusing network of paths and old campsites. The Six Husband's Trail bears to the left once you cross the river. I got turned around a little, but eventually figured it out.
The start of the Adams Slide Trail is easy to find, just before the boulder field on the Buttress Trail, on the left. There is still a visible red blaze on a rock. The trail is mostly easy to follow, with minor exception, until you get above treeline into the krumholtz, at which point it was very difficult to find much of the older trail. Of course, all you really need to do is go up, but the footing is difficult unless you are on the old trail. Once onto the talus, it is pretty easy to negotiate a route, and there are occasional cairns still to be found.
Nice views from the Adams Slide Trail too. Nice different perspective.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.