Mt. Madison via Madison Gulf

DATE: Jul 08, 2017 Saturday
END DATE: Jul 08, 2017 Saturday

Trip/Event Location: Gorham NH

Trip Leader(s)

Campton, NH United States

Meeting Time: 8:00 AM

Max # People: 15

Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money

Difficulty Level:

Very Strenuous

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Region: New England

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FUN hike on this 5,000 footer in the Presidential Range followed by dinner at nearby restaurant!

With an elevation of 5,366 feet, Mt. Madison anchors the northeast end of the Presidential Range, soaring 4,000 feet above the valleys below! Thomas Starr King, was enamored of Madison, callling it "beautiful, clear, symmetrical, proud, charming, and gigantic." The views south and southwest to the neighboring Presidential peaks and into the Great Gulf are very fine; the distant view is excellent in all directions, and it includes Chocorua, which is visible to the left of Mt. Washington.

Round trip distance: 11.4 miles

Vertical Feet: 4,150

Approximate time: 9 hours

We are taking perhaps the most challenging and interesting route starting from the Great Gulf trailhead, ascend up Madison Gulf and descend Osgood Trail. The climb up the headwall is one of the steepest trail sections in the Whites and should not be attempted by hikers uncomfortable with ledge scrambling. This entails scrambles up boulders, several steep ledges, and rock chimney; use of both hands is required in places. There is 4,150 feet elevation gain in about 4 miles of steady climbing. Total mileage round trip is 11.4 miles. The upper cone of the mountain is a jumble of broken rock, devoid of trees and any protection from the elements. We are allowing a full day for this very strenuous climb, which includes difficult boulder-hopping on the upper ridges. 

What to wear/bring: Wear suitable clothing for the hike in cotton or blue jeans. Have a rain shell in the event of inclement weather. Bring along plenty of water [at least 2 liters...can restock at Madison Hut], lunch, snacks, and anything else you may require for a day hike. Contact us if you have any questions.

Boston Area Carpooling: Save money by sharing gas/toll expenses and get to know fellow GO members better! Don't be shy. Contact other Bostonians to find a convenient location for you to meet such as a T-stop, Commuter Line Stop, or parking lot of a store familiar to you all! Don't forget to tip the driver! Afterwards: Bring a change of clothing and join us for dinner at the Red Fox Grill in Jackson.

Lodging Option: Bunk beds are available at our house [with Wi Fi] near Waterville Valley, NH for Friday and/or Saturday nights. It's $25 for each night. Coffee/bagels are served each morning and linen/blankets/towels are provided. Space is limited so email ASAP to reserve a bunk!

Driving directions to the location and spot to meet at:

We are meeting at the large parking area for Great Gulf Wilderness on west side of NH 16, 6.5 miles south of US 2 in Gorham, NH and 4.1 miles north of AMC's Pinkham Notch Camp. We'll be driving a blue Toyota Tacoma truck.

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Outdoor Fitness Level: Very Strenuous

Campton, NH

United States

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