Mountain Landscapes, Presidential Range

Appalachian Trail - Hiking on Crawford Path in the Presidential Range, which is  located in the White Mountain National Forest of New Hampshire USA. Mount Washington is in cloud cover.
Crawford Path – Mt Washington, New Hampshire
 

Mountain Landscapes, Presidential Range – Today, I am going to share with you landscape scenes from along the Appalachian Trail (AT) corridor in the Presidential Range of the New Hampshire White Mountains. I think its safe to say there is no other place in New England like the Presidential Range.

All of the images included in this blog article are from my medium format days (film), a time when photography was a much slower process. During the film days, I only had 15 shots to create a pleasing photo, and I wouldn’t know if I was successful at it until weeks later after the film was developed. I can’t help but reminisce about how different the photography industry is now than it was fifteen plus years ago.

Mount Washington from along the Appalachian Trail (Crawford Path) in the Presidential Range of the New Hampshire White Mountains. The closed to entry sign keeps hikers from walking on fragile alpine vegetation that is part of the alpine tundra system.
Crawford Path – Mt Washington, New Hampshire
 

There are so many interesting view points in the Presidential Range it is hard not to get "view overload". On the Crawford Path (AT) side, Mount Washington dominates the landscape and its tough to focus on anything else. One of my favorite view points along Crawford Path is near Mount Monroe (above). I am not sure what draws me to this location, but I enjoy it.

Appalachian Trail- Southern Presidential Range from the Westside Trail in the White Mountains, New Hampshire USA . Storm clouds moving in over Lakes of the Clouds Hut and Mount Monroe.
Westside Trail – Southern Presidential Range, New Hampshire
 

The Westside Trail, located off Crawfoard Path (AT), has great views of Ammonoosuc Ravine, Lakes of the Clouds Hut and Mount Monroe. A photographer that is looking for a grand landscape scene of the Southern Presidential Range will have no problem finding a place to set up their tripod along this trail.

Appalachian Trail - Mount Monroe from Westside Trail in the White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire USA surrounded by fog.
Westside Trail – Southern Presidential Range, New Hampshire
 

The Westside Trail skirts the cone of Mt Washington and connects Crawford Path and the Gulfside Trail. For hikers doing Presidential traverses that want to skip the summit of Mt Washington, this trail is a good option. I have used it many times during questionable weather conditions to avoid the summit of Mt Washington

Mount Washington from the Appalachian Trail (Gulfside Trail) in the White Mountains of New Hampshire USA. Mount Washington is straight ahead across the Great Gulf.
Gulfside Trail – Great Gulf Wilderness, New Hampshire
 

The views get better and better along the Appalachian Trail in the Presidential Range. The scenic view across the Great Gulf Wilderness to Mt Washington from the Gulfside Trail (AT), near Mount Jefferson, is embedded into my brain. It really is breathtaking. The 1920 AMC White Mountains Guide states that the scenery along the Great Gulf Trail is the wildest and most picturesque in New England. I think I agree.

Scenic view of the Presidential Range from Low’s Bald Spot in the White Mountains of New Hampshire USA during the winter months. This view point is located just off the Appalachian Trail (Madison Gulf Trail).
Madison Gulf Trail – Low's Bald Spot, New Hampshire
 

One of the most underrated views in the White Mountains is from Low’s Bald Spot. Low's Bald Spot is located just off the Madison Gulf Trail (AT), and the view of the Northern Presidential Range is excellent! I especially enjoy this area during the winter months when the landscape is covered in snow.

All of the above images can be licensed for publications by clicking on the image you are interested in. And you can view more images from the Presidential Range here.

Happy image making..


 

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Erin Paul is a professional photographer who specializes in environmental conservation and historic preservation photography in the New Hampshire White Mountains. His work is published worldwide, and credits include; Backpacker Magazine, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and The Wilderness Society.

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