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Abby's Way

A remote line that needs a lot of snow to be worth it.

Ski Touring Difficult

705 m
0 m
367 m
0-1 hrs
Low Point
1.2 km
High Point
1.6 km
Abby's Way Map

Abby's Way is named for the Adam's Five sub peak of Mount Adams, that is sometimes referred to as Abigail Adams peak. There are a number of approaches, but this line makes the most sense if you’re coming from Adams. The line begins just below Adams Five, near Storm Lake. Drop into a skiers right trending, tree lined gully. The initial open turns lead to a ramp which slowly gets more vegetated as you go. Pick your way through trending skiers right until you reach the floor of the Ravine. If you’re coming from Adams, climb Jefferson Headwall to Edmund's Col, and follow the ridge north. If coming from the Cog, you can climb Jefferson Headwall or Stealth Gully and follow the ridge south to the Cog. This line has been thin in the last few years but can be sweet if some of the vegetation gets buried. In thin years, this line only makes sense if you’re trying to get into Jeff from Adams. Be aware that this line is in very remote terrain, and if anything goes wrong, you’re in for a complicated rescue. Like all the terrain in Great Gulf Wilderness, the easiest way out is up, and there is no trail to the base of Jefferson Ravine.



Serious gradient of 30-38 degrees where a real risk of slipping exists.

Medium Exposure (E2)

2 out of 4

As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.


4 out of 4

In the high mountains or remote conditions, all individuals must be completely autonomous in every situation.

Best time to visit

between March and April


  • Alpine
  • Couloir
  • Ski Safari
  • Tree Skiing
  • Single Descent
  • Ski Mountaineering

Equipment required

  • Skins
  • Ice axe
  • Crampons