Franconia Ridge

Franconia Ridge

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Mount Eisenhower for Flags on the 48

Today I joined a team of hikers that hiked to the summit of Mount Eisenhower to raise the American flag in remembrance and tribute to those that perished during the horrific terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Excerpt from The History of the Flags on the 48 Memorial Hike:

Each year, on or around September 11th, patriotic and impassioned hikers embark on a collective journey to raise American flags on all 48 of the 4,000+ foot summits in New Hampshire. This memorial hike continues to be the remembrance of the thousands of lives taken violently and unexpectedly. Participants create a moving memorial that is a compassionate show of emotional support to other human beings who have suffered heartbreaking, unfathomable loss. Since sorrow is felt across state lines, racial lines and party lines, our tribute knows no boundaries. The Flags on the 48 Memorial Hike remains a small token of support for every person still trying to come to terms with the enormity of all that has been lost.

Our flag went up at 11:30AM and was lowered at 2:00PM. The weather was cool and windy but there was great visibility. Flags could be seen on surrounding and distant 4,000 foot peaks. All 48 4,000 foot summits were represented today. Many hikers came up to the summit of Mount Eisenhower and appreciated seeing the flag.

This was my first time participating in Flags on the 48. I enjoyed being a part of this team and taking part in raising the flag.

Enjoy the photos from this remarkable day!

A great start to the day with a flag against a sunrise background

A view of the Presidentials on y drive to the trailhead

Sun trying to break through the clouds

Clouds wrap around Mount Eisenhower

The destination for today is that summit cairn on Mount Eisenhower

We're ready to go

Water crossing without much water

Heading up the Edmands Path

An area of blowdowns that have been cut and cleared

Looking back at trees that have been snapped off

Crossing a wet ledge

First views from the trail

Mount Washington comes into view

Cog train

Part of our crew coming out onto the exposed section of trail

Red Pond looks like a mud pond

Heading up the Eisenhower cone

Winding our way up the switchbacks on the Eisenhower summit cone

Looking down on Red Pond

The team arrives at the summit

The flag is flying over Mount Eisenhower

Flag over Mount Pierce

Flag over Mount Carrigain

Flag over Mount Washington

Flags over Mount Jackson

Flag over Mount Isolation

Flag over Mount Isolation

A southeast view of the White Mountains

A southwest view of the White Mountains

Mount Chocorua

Glider flying directly toward the Mount Washington summit cone

Flag has been lowered and we start our descent

Descending the Edmands Path

Back at the trailhead parking lot

A look back at the Presidential summits on the drive home

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