The Challenge

Reach the summit of Mount Adams via the designated route in under 2h10.

The Point

Based on the Leukerbads 70 minute dash, the Mount Adams Challenge is an entirely informal event to be undertaken by individuals seeking a personal challenge. It is not a race. Do it in a low-key, fun way on a schedule that works for you.

The Reward

SAalt Pub will congratulate you with the beverage of your choice and a very cool certificate courtesy of Borealchick Designs. But before we can, you’ll need to contact us. See below for the full scoop!

7 Trails
5.6 Miles
4,493 Feet

The Route

The Mount Adams Challenge route follows seven trails:

  1. 1. Valley Way
    0.9 miles 12% grade 594 feet

    Start with one hand on the kiosk at Appalachia. Set a stop watch to zero and start it running! Run up Valley Way to the junction with Brookside. Turn left on Brookside.

  2. 2. Brookside
    1.7 miles 15% grade 1350 feet

    Run Brookside to Watson Path, turn right on Watson Path. Watch for the turn off from Brookside to Watson Path very closely. It comes in at a shallow angle and is very easy to miss!

  3. 3. Watson Path
    0.3 miles 0% grade 75 feet

    From the Brookside junction, run Watson Path for 0.1 to Valley Way. Continue on Watson Path for another 0.2mi, running the faint, short section of Watson Path to Scar Trail. Be careful to stay on the trail here. The tread way is faint for about 200 yards.

  4. 4. Scar Trail
    0.7 miles 14% grade 525 feet

    Run Scar Trail to Air Line, turn left on Air Line.

  5. 5. Airline
    1.2 miles 23% grade 1425 feet

    Run Air Line to Gulfside. Turn right onto Gulfside.

  6. 6. Gulfside
    0.6 miles 12% grade 365 feet

    Run Gulfside to Thunderstorm Junction. Turn left onto Lowe's Path.

  7. 7. Lowe's Path
    0.2 miles 29% grade 309 feet

    Run Lowe's Path to the summit of Adams. Touch the sign. Turn off your stop watch. Snap a photo with the time on your watch showing, and the Mount Adams summit sign.

The Rules

You are responsible for your own safety. You are on your own in the mountains. Act with common sense. If you are uncertain of your ability, physical condition, or the weather, do not attempt the Mount Adams Challenge.

Run with respect and good intention. Follow Leave No Trace's seven principles.

Be honest with yourself and others. No cheating!

If you are trying for a fastest-known time for the challenge, please share a GPS log with us.

Be grateful that we have the White Mountain National Forest, and wild areas like this in which to play. Support the Forest in their work, and if you feel so inclined, support hard-working local trail clubs. The trails on which you'll be running are maintained by the US Forest Service, Appalachia Mountain Club, and Randolph Mountain Club.

Have fun and be supportive of others who are trying the challenge.

Want your free stuff? Send us a photo of you on the summit showing your time on a watch. We’ll list you in the results, and then will share your name with Saalt Pub. Note: Just walking in to the pub and saying, “I did the Mount Adams Challenge” doesn’t cut it. Sorry!

The Results

Due to precautions around COVID-19, we are not recording Mount Adams Challenge results for 2020.
2019
Date Name Time Report?
Sep 14 Scott Gordon 2:02:48 Read
Aug 02 Aaron Monier 2:04:30 Read
Jul 22 Brian Fitzgerald 1:56:38 Read
Jun 29 Eli Burakian 1:57:00 Read
Jun 12 Ari Ofsevit 2:00:37 Read
2018
Date Name Time Report?
Sep 27 Rowan Kamman 1:46:14
Aug 31 Brian Fitzgerald 1:50:49
Aug 25 Ashley Pullen 2:05:11
Aug 25 Lawrie Christopher 1:46:17
Aug 07 Leslie O'Dell 1:46:17
Aug 06 Alex Leich 1:28:10
Jul 31 Rob Gallagher 1:42:43
Jul 29 Ryan Gibbs 1:28:12
Jul 21 Scott Gordon 1:52:54
Jul 01 Eddie Eseppi 2:05:43
Jun 30 Brian Lane 1:51:07
Jun 22 Nora Weathers 1:57:24
Jun 22 Franz Isabella 1:57:51
Jun 22 Christopher Watson 1:57:48
Jun 09 Doug Mayer 2:01:58
Jun 09 Todd Nappi 2:13:31
2017
Date Name Time Report?
Oct 19 Rémi Boucher 1:57:51
Oct 19 Camille-Antoine Ouimet 1:57:51
Oct 19 Melina Dubois-Verret 1:57:51
Oct 14 Ari Ofsevit 2:04:24
Sep 30 Brian Quigley 1:49:43
Sep 30 Rob Gallagher 1:59:16
Sep 23 Rowan Kamman 1:25:47
Sep 23 Dave Zimmerman 2:00:33
Sep 10 Ben Leoni 1:46:25
Sep 02 Brent Trail 1:23:43
Aug 26 Brooks Walsh 2:11:41
Jul 05 Scott Gordon 2:04:24 Read
Jul 03 Brian Fitzgerald 2:04:36
2016
Date Name Time Report?
Sep 27 Jeff Colt 1:20:37 Read
Sep 09 Brent Trail 1:24:33 Read
Aug 23 Ryman McLane 1:49:19
Aug 20 Kyle Legg 1:58:00
Aug 16 Spencer Eusden 1:29:27 Read
Aug 09 John Paul Krol 1:29:22 Read
Aug 06 Ryan Welts 1:58:00
Aug 06 Tony Bargado 1:58:30
Jul 30 Cathleen Balantic 2:00:37 Read
Jul 28 Aaron Monier 1:52:33
Jul 17 Caitlyn Germain 1:59:41 Read
Jul 17 Matthew Germain 1:59:41 Read
Jul 14 Alton Eckel 2:00:55
Jul 14 Jeremy Ward 2:00:55
Jun 30 Leslie O'Dell 1:55:19
Jun 30 Scott Gordon 1:55:37
Jun 25 Jeff Lane 1:57:19 Read
Jun 19 David Loutzenheiser 1:54:11 Read
Jun 19 David Sandham 1:54:11 Read
Jun 11 Tricia Blanck 2:08:18 Read
Jun 04 Rowan Kamman 1:35:24 Read
2015
Date Name Time Report?
Nov 05 Jeremy Ward 1:59:40 Read
Oct 24 Michael King 1:51:00
Sep 27 Ben Taylor 1:46:16
Sep 26 Katie Damby 1:55:46
Sep 20 Jeff Colt 1:34:30
Sep 12 Pierre Beaudoin 1:58:51 Read
Sep 06 Mike Arsenault 1:58:34
Sep 06 Tobey Reynolds 1:58:34
Sep 05 Johannes Griesshammer 2:08:30
Aug 29 Laura Brockett 2:08:00 Read
Aug 29 Doug Lewis 1:43:00 Read
Aug 29 Pete Brockett 2:07:00 Read
Jul 05 Rob Rives 1:31:56
Jun 27 Mike Pelchat 1:43:28 Read
Jun 24 Dave Kruschwitz 2:07:32 Read
Jun 15 Scott Gordon 1:59:05
Jun 13 Myles Chouinard 2:08:00 Read
Jun 06 Jerimy Arnold 1:35:08
Jun 04 Jeff Hixon 2:02:00 Read
Jun 04 Andy Kernytsky 2:02:00 Read
Jun 04 Kevin Marks 2:02:00 Read
2014
Date Name Time Report?
Oct 06 Doug Mayer 1:45:58 Read
Aug 29 Charlie Gunn 1:47:04 Read
Aug 24 Jim Maddock 1:29:14 Read
Jul 22 Leah Hart 1:44:58
Jul 19 Jordan Cargill 1:27:42 Read
Jul 14 Scott Gordon 2:05:22 Read
Jul 08 Jess Marion 1:46:00 Read
Jul 08 Lincoln Benedict 1:49:00 Read
Jul 06 Ari Ofsevit 1:49:06 Read
Jun 13 Doug Mayer 2:06:59 Read
Jun 10 Odd Bersvendsen 1:48:37 Read