5,774 ft / 1,759 m


804 ft / 245 m


335 summits

Top climbing months

August   20%

July   18%

June   15%

Most climbed route

Air Line Trail


  • Mount Adams is the second highest mountain in New Hampshire after Mount Washington.
  • Located in the Northern Presidential Range, Mount Adams was named after John Adams, the second president of the US.
  • There are two major subsidiary peaks of Mount Adams: Mount Sam Adams and Mount Quincy Adams.
  • The Appalachian Trail traverses the col between Mount Adams and Mount Sam Adams, on a path called "Gulfside Trail."
  • Mount Adams is one of 9 peaks included in the famous Presidential Traverse, or Presi Traverse, which is typically done as a multi-day hut-to-hut outing or as an extreme day hike.
  • To the north and east is Mount Madison and to the south and west is Mount Jefferson.
"Low wind but also low cloud cover created navigational difficulties above treeline. Myself and one other opted to turn back. 2 others in our group pushed on and reached Adams." - newenglandwarrior, Mar 12, 2018
"After Madison, hiked over and did Adams. A bit windy up there. More uncomfortable. Went down Lowe's Path and then took the Rail Tr back to my car. Bumped into the redlining group again in the Appalachia parking lot." - newenglandwarrior, Nov 8, 2017
"A Presi day. I wanted some more Presi's for my April Grid. Went up Valley Way. While heading up, I met a lady that was planning on doing Madison. We teamed up and she decided to do both Adams and Madison with me. We went up and did Adams. An incredible day to be up there. We then went over to Madison." - newenglandwarrior, Apr 15, 2017
"Crazy weekend finishing my winter presidentials for the season. 20-30 degrees, full sun and no clouds...throw in no wind and it was an incredible day. We head out on Jewell on snowshoes until we hit the last summit climb to Jefferson where we switched to spikes. Crampons on the way down from Jefferson and then spikes again over Adams 5 and up to Mount Adams. Crampons on the backside of Adams and then spikes again. We hit Quincy as well and then went to the hut to wait for the other half of our group who also summited Madison (we didnt need it)." - shay-shay, Mar 19, 2017
"Solo. Second Peak of my Northern Presidential Traverse. After coming down to Madison Hut the winds were a lot more manageable. At the summit of Adams the winds were once again pretty strong, although not as bad as Madison, and once I got down to the Gulfside Trail the winds were not that bad. " - LGH-Tom, Oct 19, 2016



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