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Advanced Hike: "1 Night" Presidential Traverse (Super Moon)

Hike: "1st" One Night Moonlight Presidential Traverse (Super Moon 99.7%)

How Cool is this!!!

"Yes" 1:30 pm Meeting time.  start, promptly at 2:45pm nearly Summit Monroe at sunset and be well out of the tree cover.

Sunset: 8:26pm   --  Sunrise: 5:09am 

Moonrise: 8:20 PM  --  Moonset: 5:36 AM












 Come join us for our 1st annual  Super Moon Presidential Traverse! & Howl at the full Moon...









Bucket List Event..!

A Presidential Traverse is a strenuous and sometimes dangerous trek over the Presidential Range of New Hampshire's White Mountains. To complete the traverse, one must begin at either the northern or southern terminus of the Presidential Range and finish at the opposing end.

The basic Presidential Traverse begins at any given trail-head on U.S. Route 2 or 302 at one of the ends of the Presidential's. 

By definition, a "presidential" traverse requires a participant to cross over the summits of peaks named after U.S. Presidents. Listed from south to north, they include:

Mount Pierce - named after Franklin Pierce

Mount Eisenhower - named after Dwight Eisenhower

Mount Monroe - named after James Monroe

Mount Washington - named after George Washington

Mount Jefferson - named after Thomas Jefferson

Mount Adams - named after John Adams

Mount Madison - named after James Madison

Clay, Webster and Jackson are not considered part of the presidential traverse and are therefore optional. That being said, folks are most welcome to do those peaks as well :)


Basic Itinerary Info:

Saturday: Arrive at the Appalachia parking lot.

Meet at the trail Head at 1:30pm Giving our-self's a comfortable time of to drop car and get ready for the hike.

2 Hours and 45 Mins to reach the summit to watch the sunset. then hike From Peirce, to Eisenhower, Monroe, Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Madison. and down to the cars and end up at parking lot on the
northerly side around 8:00am. "Ish"

- Maybe we can bang on the huts along the way to wake everyone up at the AMC huts named Lake's & Madison Huts..:-)

- Photo ops on Mt Washington in the dark.. 

- Lunch/Dinner Summit of Mt Washington.. Make sure you bring something hardy as a meal the summit station is closed....

-Start down North towards Madison hut and then its only half over at this point from here...

- Exit out on route 2 at.. High five and bang knuckles and look for some Breakfast... then some good food blissful sllleeeepppp....~!

We do have a option to sleep at the AMC Crawford Notch Hotel and pickup cars on Sunday or do the shuttle that morning.. This we can work out as we get closer to the day...

It will take folks between 12 and 17 hours to do the traverse (including 1 Hour Lunch On Mt Washington Summit)


Estimated at 21 miles of hiking 12-14 hours of hiking time Based on a average pace. Not including rests and dinners.



The White Mountains have notoriously unpredictable weather.. Any weather report is only good for 24 hours... Decision on go no go will be made on the Thursday before...FYI



We will be doing the route south to north. This time...

Whatever you do, please travel in groups of 2-5 people! Don't 
hike alone!

Sat 12:00 pm    Food:  Load up on Grub.... Optional...

@ Twin Mtn trading post on 302.. 

Carpool -- Drop a car

Meet at Appalachia trailhead at 1:30PM
(off route 2,  4 miles west of Gorham)

2:45pm  hit the trail Crawford Path to Mt Pierce  2h 41m -- sharply on time.

5:30pm  -- Summit Pierce, Rest and Snack

5:50pm  -- Hike  1h 17m

7:05pm -- Summit Eisenhower, Rest and Snack

7:25pm – Hike  1h 39m

8:22pm  -- Moonrise

8:26pm  -- Sunset

9:05pm – Summit Mt Monroe, Rest Snack

9:25pm – Hike  1h 37m

11:00pm – Summit Mt Washington, Rest and Dinner.

11:20pm – Hike  1h 56m

1:15am – Summit Mt Jefferson, Rest and Snack

1:35am – Hike  1h 34m

3:10am – Summit Mt Adam’s, Rest and Snack

3:30am – Hike  1h 1m

4:30am – Summit Mt Madison, Rest and Snack

5:17am – Sunrise

5:30am – Hike  1h 59m  3.82mi to cars via Airline Trail

7:30am – Cars & Shuttling

There are possibilities for bailouts. For example.. off Pierce, you can go back to the start. Off Washington, either hike the Amanoosuc Trail down to the base on the west side, or take the cog railway down to the base (it's $45 and the first one leaves at about 10:15am ).. or hitchike down the Mt. Washington Auto Road to Pinkham notch. Once you're past Washington, you're committed to finishing. We can roll around and pickup anyone after our traverse is over. 

Total = including vertical gain is over 22 miles & over 9000 ft of vertical gain

This is a *VERY STRENUOUS* trip. You must be in good shape to do this.. this is NOT a beginner hike!!!  Only Experienced hikers are able to attend. Even consider this type of a hike.

Interesting Links:


GEAR: List will be provide in advance.

Make sure you bring these items on the list. Nothing more nothing less.. we are only as strong as the weakest person and that could be the one carrying too much stuff....

Trail Support:

If you know of someone who would be willing to follow us in a car and provide shuttles and ground support if its needed please let me know. Having someone available to help give a ride to someone hobbled or help when the group is back to the parking lot in aid is very helpful. When we are close to the date just let the organizer know..

RSVP Fee’s:

Partially is a donation to the groups operating cost for the year! Typically $5.00 for below treeline adventures and above treeline will be $10.00 Special Events Prices will vary. We have decided that a purchase of 2-way radios are in order for the group. Due to the lack of cell coverage on past years. So, I have added a additional $5:00 to help deffer this cost. Its intent is not to lose communication with teams of different speeds like in past years and in tern will make us more efficient over all in the crossing as a group.

If you’re a Organizer?

Please contact me, if you would like to attend. We are willing to waive the donation portion of the fee for being a continued volunteering/organizer of Meetup.

Why we Charge a Fee?It only gets real truly interested participants to sign up for the trip. Our turnover rates are way too high, then trips posted with the fee. High turnover = More work for the organizer. Bit frustrating with greater than 60% at times, cancellation rate. When it free people sometime just don't care. Money separates the bullshit from real folks, looking for that experience outdoors. I really hate to do it.. But many folks have been losing out on the opportunity due to no shows or last minute cancellations.  You can always contact me for more information or to complain.  Jay Briscoe


Pet’s:  None are able to attend Sorry...!

Humans can talk that they are hitting the wall. But dog's cannot. I don't think its far to the dog for something like this and at night.

Carpooling options:

Should be posted as a thread on the Meetup Page. Sharing a ride, it’s always more fun!

Additional Trip Planning & Research:

I did my research using the Appalachian Mountain Club's "White Mountain Guide", trail maps, and the Internet. You need to become self-reliant by becoming familiar with the route, terrain, and potential hazards since you are ultimately responsible for your own safety.

Map #1


The White Mountains have notoriously unpredictable weather.. Any weather report is only good for 24 hours... Decision on “go – no – go” will be made 24 – 48 hours before the trip...FYI


Post Trip:

You always should have a clean set of cloths waiting in the car and some cash for some grub for the ride home.

Please take a moment to review our group. We always like feedback.


Waiver:  Read !!!

Be Warned!

Mountaineering, Skiing – Alpine or Back Country, Rock & Ice Climbing by its very nature is an extremely hazardous activity.

Falling off any part of a climbing route or bouldering challenge or other associated activity's, hiking or backpacking to a destination could result in injury or death. Weather, it be Trail conditions, or be it a slip on a trail or falling objects like rocks, climbing gear or tree’s from above, including avalanche, can all incur injuries’ and/or death. You are always attending at your own risk!

Any information on this Meetup group page is for the basic understanding of what could be encountered. We do not guaranty any type of accuracy on this information. You should always, seek your own additional resources of information for any Meetup.  You as an active member! Perhaps? lacking any of the following, experienced knowledge, professional training, good judgment, moral caricature or a conscious or even good . We or anyone on any Meetup-Mountaineers cannot be held responsible in anyway.

When arriving at any Meetup you should always use your own best judgment. Weather or not the conditions “ both physical or mental” are in your best interests. The judgment, Is this a place you should or shouldn’t be?

If you get hurt! Don’t even think about blaming someone else. You made all the decisions and where warned.  Stepping out of bed and driving to the meeting location. Too walk up to the activity and participate is on you. We are not guides or leaders in any event held. Just the organizers of finding a meeting location that people with similar interests can meet and socialize and participate in doing activities in which we have chosen an interest in performing..

It’s always your right to back out at any time and live the good life at home in front of the television for the day….

That said have fun! Play safely! And take the responsibility of your own actions.

The Organizers…


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  • Jay B.

    What a adventure.. Thanks Chris for bringing the glow sticks. It was so useful in seeing everyone while hiking with no headlamp while we could... What do you say another trip of this nature?

    1 · July 22, 2014

    • Doug R.

      I heard two rumors recenty. First was from Chris and t had to do with a 1 day Pemi Loop in September and the second was a winter 1 day Presi Traverse (I started that one). You know you are salivating right now just thinking of those two trips. Hey, anyone can do them in multi day hikes in perfect weather.

      3 · July 22, 2014

    • Heidi

      i like the idea of a pemi loop.

      July 23, 2014

  • Kristie W.

    After my first One Day Presidential Traverse 3 weeks prior, I was adamant that I was never doing this again, once was enough I said to myself! The epic adventure of a Full Moon Traverse over the Presidential Range was just too much too pass up. If the weather was perfect imagine the views, so the more I thought about it, the more I couldn't resist, and I was not disappointed! Some familiar faces and new faces made this trip just wonderful! The glow sticks were fantastic, as you could see if anyone was ahead of you, I would defniitely use these on future night hikes! I only needed my headlamp for about 2 hours, other than that I was able to hike by moonlight, which was SO AMAZING! I remember saying to Jay that this was my last time as I sat atop Mt. Madison completely exhausted and not seeing a sunrise like we had hoped.....I am already thinking a September Traverse might be!

    July 22, 2014

    • Doug R.

      Sounds like someone is becoming a presi addict.

      July 22, 2014

  • Sue R.

    Way too much fun. :)

    1 · July 22, 2014

  • Heidi

    Will you be posting the night photo from the Washington summit?

    1 · July 15, 2014

    • Jay B.

      Hi Heidi. Yes when I get back from working down the cape I will post them. Sadly the photo was good but folks that where standing did get the clearly with the wind etc.

      July 16, 2014

  • Heidi

    Nice meeting y'all. It was a great night. Feeling pretty good today.

    1 · July 14, 2014

  • Sam N.

    My legs hurt...

    July 14, 2014

  • Doug R.

    ok, so my feet are still sore even with the cool toe socks. What an awesome experience! The bucket list is shrinking every time I hang out with this group. Thanks for being part of the memories and stories. I think I saw Kyle somewhere running the continental divide after doing a pemi traverse in 3 hours. Bacon finger out

    3 · July 13, 2014

  • Sandra

    It was great meeting you all and seeing Jay and Kristie again! Thanks for introducing us to the Beast known as the Presidential Range and look forward to doing something again with this great group!

    2 · July 13, 2014

  • Kyle L.

    'Twas fun! Hope everyone won't be hurting too bad tomorrow ;)

    1 · July 13, 2014

  • Sandra

    We made it to Crawford Notch! We are in a black mustang ...

    July 12, 2014

  • Heidi

    At 12:53pm I am at the jam packed Appalachia lot. Silver cr-v paked near an old greenish VW bus.

    July 12, 2014

  • Sandra

    Hi Jay... So we had some car troubles but are on the way. Is it okay if we meet you guys at the Crawford trail head? This goes for me and Craig.

    July 12, 2014

    • Doug R.

      Jay us with us and says we'll meet you there.

      July 12, 2014

  • Jay B.

    If you are meeting us for lunch we are running late, should be there about 12:30'sh

    July 12, 2014

  • Jay B.

    I also ordered up a little Aurora Borealis for 12:05am...

    July 11, 2014

  • Jay B.

    Hey All, you have been busy....:-)
    Ok the plan...

    Optional -- 12pm Meet for beast of a lunch on 302 twin Mtn Pizza for lunch..
    Drop dead, Meeting time 1:30pm at the Parking lot on Route 2 on the north side try to drop as many cars as possible. Roll back to Crawford and drop a car at cog railway or Caps trail Parking lot? The get to Crawford for about 2:30 and start hiking.... That's the plan Stan...

    July 11, 2014

  • Kyle L.

    So unless it's a problem, I plan on meeting the group at Crawford Notch Trail head (or Pierce Summit if I'm slow), so don't wait up for me if I'm not there (or at Appalachia). I will have a car with room for 3 at Appalachia for a car spot. If this is a problem, I'll change my plans and meet earlier, but I'd love to get a double-traverse in if that's cool!!!! See you guys tomorrow!

    July 11, 2014

  • Jay B.

    Morning Boyz & Gurls... I am going to keep the trip a-go! The front is coming through while we will be hiking but the real chance of a thunder storm will not be till after we are down... I do want to drop a car at Caps ridge so if all we encounter nothing but clouds then we can bail with ease... Please comment or change your RSVP... I think we could sqeek over the ridge in the moonlight... I do not want to just do the trip following my dim glow of my headlamp.. so no moon then I have no interest... But I say lets at least try..:-)

    4 · July 11, 2014

    • Craig D.

      I saw this part and got confused...
      "Meet at Appalachia trailhead at 1:30PM
      (off route 2, 4 miles west of Gorham)"
      Anyone interested in continuing on even if there is decent cloud cover?

      July 11, 2014

    • Kyle L.

      I'll want to continue in the clouds as long as there aren't storms

      July 11, 2014

  • Carl

    This looks so enticing but will have to wait til next time. Hope to join you then!

    July 11, 2014

  • Doug R.

    Hey, a a a a anyone can hike north to south on a beautiful 60 degree perfect full moon night but it takes an awesome group to hike south to north in not so perfect situation. Bring it on, I'm in!

    3 · July 11, 2014

  • Kristie W.

    I feel a little bat @$# crazy for wanting to do this a second time in 4 weeks, fingers crossed for clear skies and amazing once in a lifetime views!

    3 · July 11, 2014

  • Kyle L.

    Fingers crossed, but the '30% chance of thunderstorms" disappeared from all the forecasts! I might already have a car parked at Appalachia as I might turn this into a double traverse starting early in the morning...

    July 10, 2014

  • Kyle L.

    Weather starting to look less appealing :(

    July 10, 2014

  • Heidi

    This sounds amazing. Would love to join in.

    July 9, 2014

  • Jay B.

    Info has been corrected.... Let me know if additional corrections might be needed.. Think its pretty solid.. If you need me to post trails we will take and the names? So, you can leave that info with a loved one to know where to find you... Let me know I can add it...

    1 · July 8, 2014

  • Jay B.

    Hey All, Worked out the numbers or should I say times on our hike.. the three objectives where Sunset on at least Pierce. Midnight on summit Mt Wash and Sunrise on Madison.. I think it all going to work out awesome.. I will post tonight.. We will have to meet a bit earlier it seams about 2pm on Sat.. Please speak up if this is a problem.. When I get home tonight I will post the full time outline.. Its not correct as most already know... Till tonight... Still hoping for good weather....

    1 · July 7, 2014

  • Doug R.

    Looks like we are getting a good size group forming! Just a heads up for Sunday planning after the hike. I heard it is Nascar weekend. That means if you are traveling south you will want to be below exit 20 before the race us over.

    1 · July 6, 2014

  • Jay B.

    Hey Adventures... I wanted to mention that there is a gear list posted on the groups website. Under "More" - "Files" then 1 day Prez Traverse... Its pretty accurate on whats needed. This time around Headlamps are more critical... You will need on that gives you Focused Beam and Wide Beam and a red light is a excellent option too. I recommend this head lamp if you need to grab one before the traverse...

    Cheers.... Jay

    July 2, 2014

  • Russell T.

    Got an invite to climb Mt. Lyell out in Yosemite this weekend so I unfortunately have to cancel. Wish I could do both!

    1 · May 27, 2014

  • Kyle L.

    I'm very interested in this, I'll RSVP as soon as I can set my plans.

    May 22, 2014

  • Doug R.

    I did the Presi traverse last year in a day and afterwards told my friends that I would love to do it on a full moon. They laughed and said, good luck finding anyone to do it with you. Glad to see other have the same drive and that someone called "Evil Jay" is spear heading the event. Can't wait!

    2 · December 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hoping to join you on January1, 2014.

    1 · November 5, 2013

  • Alvaro M.

    I am in! Hopefully by then I have finished the 48 - 4000 footers. What a better way to celebrate!

    August 15, 2013

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Refunds offered if:

  • the Meetup is cancelled
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Additional notes: Only if you cancel your RSVP 14 days in advance. The amount refunded if cancelled is $20.00 "$5.00 goes to Paypal Fee's" Will refund in the case of rain also for this trip only if cancelled due to weather!

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