Over the weekend I led a group for an overnight trip to the Northern Presidentials. I’ve done similar trips before, and it’s just amazing if the weather cooperates. Midweek the forecast looked great, and we were all quite excited. We arrived at Joe Dodge Lodge/Pinkham Notch Visitors Center late Friday night, and went right to bed, it was going to be an early morning start. The original plan was to drive over to Lowe’s Store, ascend the Lowes Path to Cragg Camp, get bunks and have lunch, and then head up to hike Adams and Madison with lighter packs, leaving our unnecessary weight at the cabin. This part worked out great, the views were fantastic, there were no bugs, and a comfortable breeze. We got back to Cragg Camp early and went about making some dinner. We were treated to a fantastic sunset that night, and I made sure to get up early on Sunday to catch sunrise. The views from Cragg Camp into King Ravine are just stunning. Our Sunday plan was to hike over Jefferson and Washington, and back down to Pinkham. Everyone was a bit tired so we decided we would take our time with breakfast, and after some group discussion, we decided to hike down Lowe’s path rather than over exert the group. It was a fine plan and left lots of time to have a shower at Pinkham, and a fine late lunch at Moat Mountain Smokehouse and Brewery!
This is one of my go-to weekend getaway trips. The effort, the price, are very low compared to the payout of the amazing views!
Distance: 13.47 mi
Avg Moving Pace: 32:54 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 6,893 ft