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Mount Adams, Mount Washington

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Mount Adams, elevation 5,793 feet (1,766 m) above sea level, is a mountain in New Hampshire, the second highest peak in the Northeast United States after its nearby neighbor, Mount Washington. Located in the northern Presidential Range, Mount Adams was named after John Adams, the second President of the United States. It was given this name on July 31, 1820. To the northeast is Mount Madison and to the southwest is Mount Jefferson. From the summit, Mount Washington can be seen directly to the south.

There are two major subsidiary peaks of Mount Adams: Mount Sam Adams and Mount Quincy Adams, named after John Adams' cousin, Revolutionary leader Samuel Adams, and son, President John Quincy Adams, respectively, and two minor sub-peaks, Abigail Adams (named for John Adams' wife Abigail) and Adams 5. The northern side of the mountain ridge is located in Low and Burbank's Grant, and the end of Durand Ridge, and King Ravine, on the north side of Mount Adams are in the town of Randolph (formerly Durand). The entire south side of the mountain ridge is in Thompson and Meserve's Purchase.

The Appalachian Trail traverses the col between Mount Adams and Mount Sam Adams on the Gulfside Trail. The Randolph Mountain Club (RMC) maintains the trails and several huts and shelters high on Mount Adams' north side, including "The Perch", "Crag Camp", "The Log Cabin", and "Gray Knob". A large network of hiking and climbing paths lead south to the huts and ridges from several parking areas located on U.S. Highway 2.

The Aetherius Society claims that Mount Adams is one of 19 "holy mountains" around the world.
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  • Bit of a slog to get to the top, comparable to Mount Washington, but worth it for the views and solitude. You won’t see a ton of other people up there. When you’re done, visit Madison Hut on the...  more »
  • Such a classic hike for the NH presidentials! Enjoy! I went up Airline Trail then down a loop trail. Don’t add on Madison unless you have lots of day light and strength. Tough hike but...  more »
  • Great hike but A LOT of black flies and deer ticks. Also some poison ivy on the trail. Make sure to wear pants. It gets a little sweaty but it's better than itchy.
  • Lovely views and changing scenery on your climb up...and sometimes, changing weather. One Labor Day weekend, backpacked up with a friend. Started out in sun and shorts but by the time we reached the summit it was sleeting and 35-40 mph gusts ! Thankfully, we were properly prepared and had reservations at the cabin on top.

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