Presidential Range

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44°19′42″N 71°16′42″W / 44.32833°N 71.27833°W / 44.32833; -71.27833 (Mount Madison) 44°19′13.95″N 71°17′29.71″W / 44.3205417°N 71.2915861°W / 44.3205417; -71.2915861 (Mount Adams) 44°18′15″N 71°19′01″W / 44.30420°N 71.31685°W / 44.30420; -71.31685 (Mount Jefferson) 44°17.11′N 71°18.95′W / 44.28517°N 71.31583°W / 44.28517; -71.31583 (Mount Clay) 44°16′14.98″N 71°18′12.54″W / 44.2708278°N 71.3034833°W / 44.2708278; -71.3034833 (Mount Washington) 44°15′20″N 71°19′21″W / 44.25556°N 71.3225°W / 44.25556; -71.3225 (Mount Monroe) 44°14.98′N 71°19.82′W / 44.24967°N 71.33033°W / 44.24967; -71.33033 (Mount Franklin) 44°14.44′N 71°21.02′W / 44.24067°N 71.35033°W / 44.24067; -71.35033 (Mount Eisenhower) 44°13.56′N 71°21.96′W / 44.22600°N 71.36600°W / 44.22600; -71.36600 (Mount Pierce) 44°12.19′N 71°22.53′W / 44.20317°N 71.37550°W / 44.20317; -71.37550 (Mount Jackson) 44°11.69′N 71°23.29′W / 44.19483°N 71.38817°W / 44.19483; -71.38817 (Mount Webster)

44°19′54″N 71°20′34″W / 44.33154°N 71.34270°W / 44.33154; -71.34270 (Mount Bowman) 44°16′47″N 71°17′11″W / 44.27965°N 71.28638°W / 44.27965; -71.28638 (Nelson Crag) 44°15′10″N 071°17′39″W / 44.25278°N 71.29417°W / 44.25278; -71.29417 (Boott Spur)

44°12.88′N 71°18.58′W / 44.21467°N 71.30967°W / 44.21467; -71.30967 (Mount Isolation) 44°12′15″N 71°18′38″W / 44.20417°N 71.31056°W / 44.20417; -71.31056 (Mount Davis) 44°09′21″N 71°19′11″W / 44.15587°N 71.31978°W / 44.15587; -71.31978 (Stairs Mountain) 44°08′51″N 71°18′50″W / 44.14753°N 71.31402°W / 44.14753; -71.31402 (Mount Resolution)

44°08′12″N 71°19′57″W / 44.13665°N 71.33239°W / 44.13665; -71.33239 (Mount Crawford) 44°06′26″N 71°20′04″W / 44.10725°N 71.33449°W / 44.10725; -71.33449 (Mount Hope) 44°07′25″N 71°17′55″W / 44.12355°N 71.29856°W / 44.12355; -71.29856 (Mount Parker)

Presidential Range
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The Presidential Range viewed from Pinkham Notch
Highest point
Peak Mount Washington
Elevation 6,288 ft (1,917 m)
Coordinates 44°16′14.98″N 71°18′12.54″W / 44.2708278°N 71.3034833°W / 44.2708278; -71.3034833Coordinates: 44°16′14.98″N 71°18′12.54″W / 44.2708278°N 71.3034833°W / 44.2708278; -71.3034833
Naming
Etymology U.S. presidents
Geography
Country  United States
State New Hampshire
Region New England
Parent range White Mountains

The Presidential Range is a mountain range located in the White Mountains of the U.S. state of New Hampshire. Containing the highest peaks of the Whites, its most notable summits are named for American presidents, followed by prominent public figures of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Mt. Washington, long home of the highest winds recorded on the surface of the Earth at 231 mph (372 km/h), is the tallest at 6,288 ft (1,917 m), followed by neighboring peaks Mt. Adams at 5,793 ft (1,766 m) and Mt. Jefferson at 5,712 ft (1,741 m). The range is almost entirely in Coos County.

Notable summits[edit]

The highest mountains in the Presidential Range are named principally for U.S. presidents, with the tallest mountain (Mt. Washington) named for the first president, the second tallest (Mt. Adams) for the second president, and so on. However due to a surveying error, Mt. Monroe is actually 22 feet (6.7 m) taller than Mt. Madison, which is not the correct order of presidents.

Among the range's most notable summits, in sequence from southwest to northeast, are:

Mt. Adams has, besides its main summit, four subsidiary peaks that are also commonly recognized by name; two, Sam Adams and John Quincy Adams, are listed above. The third and fourth are:

The summits marked with an asterisk (*) are included on the peak bagging list of 4,000-foot and higher mountains in New Hampshire; the others are excluded, in some cases because of lesser height and in others because of more technical criteria.

Presidential Range in winter (summits and Cog Railway labeled)

Other summits[edit]

The Appalachian Trail in the southern Presidential Range

Aside from the notable summits, the Presidential Range contains a number of additional named peaks. Several of these peaks, drained on their west faces by the Dry River, are less accessible than the main and most-visited ridge of the range.

Subsidiary peaks of Mount Washington:

  • Ball Crag (6,106 ft)
  • Nelson Crag (5,620 ft)
  • Boott Spur (5,500 ft)

North from Mount Washington:

  • Mt. Bowman (3,449 ft) (spur of Mount Jefferson)

South from Mount Washington:

  • Engine Hill (3,100 ft)
  • Maple Mountain (2,601 ft)
  • Iron Mountain (2,726 ft)
  • Montalban Ridge:
  • Bemis Ridge:
    • Mt. Crawford (3,119 ft)
    • Mt. Hope (2,505 ft)
  • Mt. Parker (3,004 ft)
  • Mt. Langdon (2,390 ft)
  • Mt. Pickering (1,945 ft) (family name of first president of Appalachian Mountain Club)
  • Mt. Stanton (1,716 ft)

The summits marked with an asterisk (*) are included on the peak-bagging list of 4,000-foot and higher mountains in New Hampshire; the others are excluded, in some cases because of lesser height and in others because of more technical criteria.

Watersheds[edit]

The Presidentials separate drainage via the Saco and Androscoggin rivers into the Atlantic Ocean on the coast of Maine, from drainage into the Israel and Ammonoosuc rivers, thence into the Connecticut River, and thence into Long Island Sound.

Presidential Traverse[edit]

The so-called Presidential Traverse is a hike that traverses each major summit along the 19 miles (31 km) of the Presidential ridge. The traverse encompasses over 8,500 feet (2,600 m) in elevation gain. It can be done in a single day in summer, but during winter it is generally a two- to four-day venture. The traverse is considered strenuous.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Presidential Traverse FAQ". Peakbagging the 4000 Footer Mountains of New England. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 

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