Thursday, January 26, 2017

Beautiful Sunrise on Adams and Madison, 1/23/2017

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Adams and Madison
Valley Way, Osgood Trail, Airline
11 miles round trip
5000 feet of elevation gain 

We started today's hike at about 4:30 a.m. because we had a very busy week; also, we wished to get up and over the two peaks before any possible clouds could sit on the mountains and cause poor visibility.  I got used to leading in the dark after getting over being nervous.  Hiking in the early morning has a different feel than hiking when it's light out; it felt incredibly different hiking down Valley Way later in the day.

Mom took this picture of Sage and me hiking ahead of her.  I like the action shot silhouette this image provides for the viewer.

You can see the shadow of my phone!

There were many intersections on Valley Way:

Our headlamps are very bright which is definitely helpful for picture taking.

I was anxious to get up there in time to see the sunrise.  I poked my head out of the trees to see beautiful colors of pink and orange flooding the lower part of the sky.  I also noticed that we had a terrific undercast today filled with rolling, thick clouds.

This image is a little blurry - sorry!  It still captures the colors of the sunrise, though.

All of the blue-tinted, soft clouds were covering the mountains like a blanket of cotton.  So beautiful!

This is a nice picture Mom took of Sage and me.

Typically, when we hike some of the Presidentials, we come across this STOP sign.

The colors reminded Mom and me of Easter.  The pastel pinks, oranges, and blues made a lovely combination.

We layered up before ascending Mt. Adams. (Mom took this picture - I have the light blue hat and Sage has the green)

Mt. Madison, Madison Springs Hut, and me...Mom took this of me while I was taking a picture of the Easter-like view of rolling clouds of bright colors.

There it is!  The sun peaked out from behind the mountain and spread its rays all across the snow.  Yellow burst into the orange and pink and invaded the blue sky.

Mom's picture of Sage and me hiking:

Mom hiking up!

I love how much blue is in this image.  Mt. Madison looks gorgeous from this perspective.

Amazing summit pictures on Mt. Adams...

It was pretty chilly on the top of Mt. Adams and there was some wind, so we didn't eat much on the summit itself; we had some more food when we got to Madison Springs Hut.  Then, Sage and I dropped our packs off at the hut and continued on to Mt. Madison (Mom decided she wanted to bring her pack).

The views on Mt. Madison were spectacular...

Mt. Washington and Mt. Adams...

Since Mt. Madison is lower than Mt. Adams, it was warmer here and I was more tempted to take pictures.  Summit selfie:

The trail sign on the top:

This one was taken by Mom of Sage and me...

We met Sue Johnston on the way down Madison!  She is an amazing hiker who did the New Hampshire White Mountain Grid in one calendar year.  It was lovely to meet her!  After that, we came down to the hut and then started to head down Valley Way.  It felt so different hiking the trail in the daytime than when it was dark out; when there was light I could see how open it was, but in the dark it had felt more cramped. 

Almost there...

Sage and Mom:

That was a really enjoyable hike!  It was nice to have had such beautiful views and good weather.


  1. Beautiful pastel shots! We tried for the sunrise there a few summers ago, but I'm the "World's Slowest," so we saw the pretty colors of sunrise through the trees. Nice you got to meet Sue!

    1. It was lovely meeting her! Thank you for your comment. Hope to see you on the trails sometime!

  2. Super report and photos! Thanks!


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