Aug 30 2018
Backpacking the Presidential Traverse…located in the White Mountains near Randolph, New Hampshire, rated 5 stars by many and known for its scenic views–is one of the most strenuous yet exhilarating hikes in the northeast, and certainly not one to miss during the spectacular fall foliage. There are a total of 11 peaks in the Presidential Range Traverse – Madison, Adams, Jefferson, Clay, Mt. Washington (the tallest at 6,288.2 ft), Monroe, Franklin, Eisenhower, and Pierce, Jackson, and Webster.
New Hampshire is a huuuge tourist destination for the fall colors. Visitors flock here from all parts of theworld. Instead of being in the crowds and stampedes of people looking at the forests and mountains from a distance, why not go into the heart of it all? Get away from all the hubbub and commotion, and go deep into the mountains. Experience the fall color from the highest mountains in the North East, where you may only see a few other people on your whole trek. (Mt. Washington is usually crowded, but worth the view.)
If you are the kind of person who enjoys pushing your limits or wants to start, this is the perfect hike for you. The Traverse in October involves just enough struggle and endurance to make it that much more enjoyable. Hikers will experience chilling temperatures, and being above the tree line in the balds, make for strong wind gusts. This is just Mother Nature letting you know this is a real adventure. When that special camp spot turns up, it is one of the greatest feelings of accomplishment… “I earned this!”
Be prepared with a liner and a windbreaker to stay warm and shielded from the wind. Make sure to packlight, smart, and prepared. Don’t unpack the essentials to save weight, but you also won’t want to pack that grand piano you wanted to bring
Named after seven presidents for its seven peaks allover 4,000′, this is not an adventure for inexperienced.
With an elevation gain of 9,000′, the 24-mile Traverse is physically demanding. There will be times when hikers may pace at one mile per hour. For this reason, even though many do the trek in one day, it is recommended to plan for camping and to complete the hike in two to three days.
Weather can be unpredictable and some places may even be icy in October, but the above treeline views make meeting the challenge well worthwhile. Bring your trekking poles and best hiking shoes. This is one amazing hike you won’t want to miss.