Southern Presidential Range (as promised)

In September 2013 we took a few days and decided to hike the Southern Presidential Range starting at the Dry River Trail (9.6 miles from Crawford Notch to the Lakes of the Clouds). Knowingly a fairly isolated, not super popular trail, so we were expecting it to be nice and quiet…and just weren’t expecting it to be closed!


If you encounter a closed trail sign, turn around…. Don’t do what we did…. The trail was heavily affected by tropical storm Irene in 2011 the layout of the trail in some places, as well as junctions, gone…

The beginning of the trail up to the shelter was fine (we spent the night close by at a tent site), the problems started the next day after a mile or two… the trail was completely gone… Thankfully with Wade’s great orientation skills, a map and compass we were able make it through the rough and scary nonexistent trail…. Some parts of the trail were completely covered with fallen trees and debris so we were climbing over and crawling under… I confess, i was pretty scared but then the adrenaline and will to get out of there kicks in and the bruises, the cuts, the scrapes, the holes in clothing and bags don’t matter…


When we finally got out of that mess and were able to look around, see the beauty that was all around us, it made me feel pretty damn good! (Even more so when I was able to see the White Mountains National Forest sign… then I was able to feel relieved because we were finally “out of the woods” and on the right track 🙂 )100_2663100_2665


You can see the towers at the top of Mount Washington.





The view of the Lakes of the Clouds is just breathtaking! (by the time we got to the hut we were exhausted… inquired about staying but the prices were crazy!!! The girl at the hut was really nice, looked at us and said that we’d be able to get to the Naumann Tentsite near the Mizpah Hut. So we refilled our bottles, and kept going. And yes, we made it before night time!

The next day we tackled Mount Monroe, Mount Eisenhower, Mount Jackson and Webster.


The Dry River Trail has since opened (in 2014 if I’m not mistaken) but it is still, from what I read, a pretty challenging trail, and a work in progress…

If you are prepared and up for it, it is worth it, it is as challenging as it is beautiful! (We would love to go back in the fall when the foliage is at its peak)


As always, have fun, be careful and…

happy trails!



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