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.
The Mount Adams Challenge route follows seven trails:
0.9 miles 12% grade 594 feet
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!
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.
0.7 miles 14% grade 525 feet
Run Scar Trail to Air Line, turn left on Air Line.
1.2 miles 23% grade 1425 feet
Run Air Line to Gulfside. Turn right onto Gulfside.
0.6 miles 12% grade 365 feet
Run Gulfside to Thunderstorm Junction. Turn left onto 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.