Starting up the Airline trail from Appalachia.
We got a late start (11am).
Madison Hut is our destination...3.4 miles up!
Nice view on trail with the sun streaming through the trees.
Another view of the trail we'll be going up late in the 50K hike next week on tired legs.
After breaking above treeline, this is King's Ravine looking right. We go down this on the Great Gully Trail to get to the start of Airline late in the hike.
A look at the headwall of King's Ravine. The Great Gully trail drops straight down that slope.
I have "no" idea what Deb is doing...
Tucker patiently waiting....he loves this stuff!
Looking up Airline with the King's Ravine headwall to the right.
Looking down into King's Ravine. Hey is that the "Old Man of the Mountain"?
Another shot from a different angle.
Heading into the clouds. This is Airline as we head up to Mt Adams. It's all a jumble of boulders, cold and wet!
Another shot looking down into King's Ravine.
Here we are on what we thought was going to be a short cut to the Six Husbands trail, one of the nastier trails we'll be doing next week. This trail is the Edmand's Col Cutoff and it would have been easier to climb up over Mt Jefferson, which is what we did on the return trip.
Finally reach the legendary Six Husbands Trail, which I have never had the pleasure of hiking in my 40 years of hiking in the Whites.
Yes this is the upper section of the trail. It is all overgrown...you cannot see your feet which are trying to step over large boulders.
Looking over at what I think may be the Adams Slide Trail, which is the way back up to Mt Adams in the hike next week. (Notice I didn't say run) ;-)
We are now lower down on the Six Husbands trail....the trail has a series of ladders to help one get down the sheer cliff sections of the trail. Tucker was starting to have trouble, I'm glad it's no longer raining.
Deb going down another ladder section....remember I said sheer vertical cliff section? This one stopped us dead in our tracks as Tucker could no longer go any further. He wouldn't even go near the edge...sometimes dogs are smarter than humans.
After turning around and climbing back up, I turned around and took one last shot of the Great Gulf Wilderness where we will be dropping into next Saturday....without Tucker!
Section of King's Ravine in the late day sun, here I'm looking NW.
See those white dots? Those are the tops of the cairns of the Great Gully Trail we will need to descend next week. Notice how they disappear over the edge down into the ravine?
Another nice shot of above King's Ravine late in the day.
Mount Madison seeing the last of today's sun. This nice section of trail is the AT heading to the Madison Hut.
Nice flat Appalachian Trail on the Gulfside trail on the north side of Mount Adams. A LOT of work went into building this and other trails up here.
This is the Ridge where the Airline Trail goes down, where we are headed to our Golf down in Appalachia.
Mount Madison with the Madison Hut below, we had lunch there earlier in the day, some nice potato soup...hope they have some next week!
Come on, how bad can this be....it's only 4000 feet above sea level!
An early evening shot of the Airline as we make our way down.
Last shot of the day....soon we were to need our lights. It took us about 9.5 hours to hike about 12 miles. Great day in the Whites!