DATE: Jul 01, 2023 to Jul 01, 2023
4000 Footer Mt. Madison Hike

Meeting Time: 8:00 AM

Event Coordinator: Gandalf
Gorham, NH

Max # People: 15

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

Difficulty Level: Very Strenuous


This is a big hike, but should be a fun one. There will be plenty of time above treeline and no shortage of views! Madison [5,367 feet] is part of the northern Presidential Range ~ and among the tallest peaks in the northeast [#5]. Time permitting when we return back to the Mad River Lodge, we can cool off in the Mad River followed by a BBQ. 


Difficulty: Very Strenuous
Distance: 8.2 miles
Elevation Gain: 4050 feet


Start: Appalachia Trailhead [Route 2]
Valley Way
Watson Path
Mt. Madison Summit [5,366 ft.]
Osgood Trail
Valley Way Trail

The Valley Way/Watson is one of the shortest routes to Madison, but is steep and rough for its upper 1.5 miles with a long stretch of above treeline travel. The open, rocky crest of Madison combines nearby views of Mt. Washington and Adams, the Great Gulf and the Carter Range where we'll have lunch. We'll then descend to Madison Spring Hut to refill our water bottles and return back to our vehicles down the Valleyy Way. 

Due to the high elevation and level of exposure, we'll have to be particularly mindful of the weather forecast and adjust our plans if necessary.

Stuff To Bring:

  • Non-cotton clothing [synthetics/wool]
  • Layers
  • Rain Gear
  • Proper footwear [hiking shoes/boots]
  • At least 2 liters of water [we'll get more water at the Hut]
  • Sunscreen/Sunglasses
  • Lunch/snacks

Afterwards:  Everyone is welcome to join us back at our house in Waterville Valley to relax on our deck [BYOB and bring snacks] and a BBQ! We ask $10 per person to help pay for our food costs. Please let us know you will join us for the BBQ so we have enough food. Showers are available so bring a change of clothing to make your visit with us more comfortable.

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 Friday night, $35 for Saturday that includes dinner or $60 for the weekend. Coffee/bagels 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:

Follow New Hampshire Route 16 north thorough Pinkham Notch to the town of Gorham and turn left [west] on U.S. Highway 2. The large Appalachia Trailhead parking area is on the left [south] side of the highway about 6 miles west of Gorham. We'll be driving a blue Toyota Tacoma truck. 

Or take I-93 North, then U.S Highway 3 North, and then New Hampshire Route 115. Turn right [east] on U.S. Highway 2 and drive about 12 miles [more or less] to the large Appalachia Trailhead parking area on the right [south] side of the highway. We'll be driving a blue Toyota Tacoma truck.