Presidential Traverse
Route Plan


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From

Altitude

Latitude/Longitude

Follow

For a Distance of

Elevation lost or gained on the route
Approximate Time
Comments along the route

To

Altitude

Latitude/Longitude

Valley Way Trailhead

1306

442217
71
1723

Valley Way Trail

3.8 miles

 

+3509

5 hours

 

Madison Hut

4815

441939
71
1701

Madison Hut

4815

441939
71
1701

238TN

.9 miles

 

+675

1 hour

15 minutes

Thunderstorm Junction is marked by a large cairn

Thunderstorm Junction

5490

441918
71
1747

Thunderstorm Junction

5490

441918
71
1747

227TN

1.3 miles

 

-652

+100

1 hour

 

 

Edmunds Col

4938

441840
71
1846

Edmunds Col

4938

441840
71
1846

195TN

.2 miles

 

+437

45 minutes

You will go by the northern trail junction of the Jefferson Loop Trail.

Point 5375 on North Slope of Jefferson

5375

441822
71
1853

Point 5375 on North Slope of Jefferson

5375

441822
71
1853

5375

contour

.7 miles

 

0

30 minutes

You will be on a snow slope. You will cross the Six Husbands Trail but the sign is usually buried.

South End of Jefferson Loop

5375

441803
71
1855

South End of Jefferson Loop

5375

441803
71
1855

193TN

.6

 

-416

25 minutes

 

 

Altitude and coordinates are for the trail junction of the Sphinx Trail and Gulfside Trail not the actual low point of the col.

Sphinx Col

5015

441728
71
1902

Sphinx Col

5015

441728
71
1902

172TN

1.3 miles

 

 

+414

 

 

 

 

1 hour

15 minutes

 

This bearing goes over Mount Clay. Because of this you can handrail the Great Gulf. If you do you might hit the tracks above the Westside Trail.

Cog Railway

5373

441634
71
1853

Cog Railway

5373

441634
71
1853

 

Railroad

 

.1

 

+167

 

15 minutes

 

 

 

Cog Railway/Westside Trail

5540

441634
71
1844

Cog Railway/Westside Trail

5540

441634
71
1844

 

 

163TN

 

 

.9

 

+364

 

-289

1 hour

Crawford Path trail sign may be hard to find in a white out. The bearing follows the Westside trail pretty closely, so keep an eye out for cairns.

Crawford Path

5615

441559
71
1831

Crawford Path

5615

441559
71
1831

223TN

.9

 

-603

35 minutes

 

Lakes of the Clouds Hut

5012

441531
71
1910

Lakes of the Clouds Hut

5012

441531
71
1910

209TN

.3

 

+360

30 minutes

 

 

 

Mount Monroe

5372

441517
71
1918

Mount Monroe

5372

441517
71
1918

236TN

.9

 

-371

 

35 minutes

 

Mount Franklin

5001

441451
71
2014

Mount Franklin

5001

441451
71
2014

230TN

.7

-653

 

+127

35 minutes

From Mount Franklin you descend into the scrub trees. It is much better from here on in to focus on staying on the trail.

Junction of the Crawford Path, Mount Eisenhower Loop Trail and Edmunds Path

4475

441432

712043

Junction of the Crawford Path, Mount Eisenhower Loop Trail and Edmunds Path

4475'

441432

712043

220TN

.5

-50

20 minutes

This section side hills around Mount Eisenhower, it is in very tight scrub brush, it is important you find the trail

The southern junction of the Crawford Path and The Eisenhower Loop

4425

441414

712104

The southern junction of the Crawford Path and The Eisenhower Loop

4425

441414

712104

The trail going at about a 225TN heading

1.2 miles

-375

 

+200

1 hour

More tight trees here, staying on the trail will be important

The junction of the Crawford Path and the Webster Cliff Trail

4250

441339

712154

 

The junction of the Crawford Path and the Webster Cliff Trail

4250

441339

712154

The Crawford Trail

3.1 miles

-2350

1 hour

30 minutes

 

Crawford Path Trailhead on route 302

1900

441312

712438

 

 

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