Hi, new to this site but actually was an observer at the obs back in 2003 for a summer.
I'm planning a 3 night trip for a group of 25 year olds who are experienced and in shape hikers/campers but are generally new to camping in this region (aside from my many hikes from the summit down I didn't do as much camping as I would have liked). I'm wondering if someone might take a look at a proposed route to let me know if it looks doable/not too easy or hard, etc. We're cheap/poor and into camping in tents so keen to not stay in the huts, by the way. I completely realize that this is a lot of elevation gain and loss each day, which is making it hard to get a guage on how difficult (or easy) it will actually be.
THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!!!
Park car at the Crawford Path trailhead on Mount Clinton Road (other car already parked at Appalachia parking lot)
Begin hike on the Crawford path going up to the Mitzpah Spring Hut. Hike up Pierce or other southern presi as desired
Hike down the other side on the Dry River Cutoff to the Dry River Trail
Camp at the Dry River #3 shelter (if unoccupied) or somewhere nearby in tents (obeying camping regulations)
Hike up Oakes Gulf via the Dry River trail to the Lakes of the Clouds Hut.
Drop packs and take a quick jaunt up to Mount Monroe
Hike up the cone of Mount Washington--if we're feeling energetic, all the way to the summit (6288ft). If not, along the westside trail, skipping the summit.
Hike along the Gulfside Trail up and over Mount Clay (elev: 5533)
Hike down into the Great Gulf via the Sphinx Trail, camp in the Great Gulf Wilderness (again, obeying camping regs)
Hike up Six Husbands Trail up to Mount Jefferson
Hike along the ridge to Mount Adams and then to Mount Madison if time allows/desired
Camp on other side of the mountains at either The Perch, The Valley Way, Crag Camp, or Gray Knot cabin
Hike down to car, stopping along the way at numerous waterfalls, brooks, etc.
Pick up car at Crawford notch.
Again, thanks for any thoughts you might have on this!