HIKES & EVENTS

Mt. Madison Hike

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DATE: Jul 01, 2023
END DATE: Jul 01, 2023

Hike/Event Location: Gorham NH

Trip Leader(s)


Gandalf
Thornton, NH United States,

JDNnh
Thornton, NH United States

Meeting Time: 8:00 AM

Max # People: 15

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

Hike Difficulty Level:

Very Strenuous

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Summary

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. 

Stats

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

Itinerary

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!

Directions To Trailhead Parking Lot

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.

Trip Leader(s)

Gandalf

Outdoor Fitness Level: Very Strenuous


Thornton, NH


United States
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JDNnh

Outdoor Fitness Level: Very Strenuous


Thornton, NH


United States
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Bushwack

Outdoor Fitness Level: Strenuous


Hanover, NH


United States
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mecyclingrunner

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous


LEWISTON, ME


United States
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HPC72

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous


New Taipei City , OT


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Bobcat

Outdoor Fitness Level: Strenuous


Upton, MA


United States
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Tophertech

Outdoor Fitness Level: Strenuous


Rochester , NH


United States
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Russell

Outdoor Fitness Level: Strenuous


Newtonville, MA


United States
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dpbyrnes

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous


Ipswich, MA


United States
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Carl

Outdoor Fitness Level: Strenuous


Leominster, MA


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Discuss This Trip/Event
dpbyrnes Posted Jun 29, 2023 at 5:53 PM

Hi Bob, I'd like to stay over Friday night but will probably won't arrive until 9:30. Let me know if that is too late. and please email me your street address again? Thanks!

Bobcat Posted Jun 29, 2023 at 1:51 PM

Hi All: I will be able to take over leading the hike from Mike & Jon who will not be able to attend. Hikers are invited to stay over at my house near Franconia, NH on Friday & Saturday nights or stop by after the hike for an apre-hike get-together. Hikers can arrive anytime after 5PM on Friday evening. Please email me for directions or to RSVP if staying over. BobCat

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