Mount Madison sits at 5,367 feet (1,636 meters), making it the 5th highest peak in New Hampshire. It is the northern most mountain in the presidential traverse, and has various route options for summiting. The symmetrical rock covered and pointy peak of Madison stands out to many, making it a favorite among hikers. Mount Adams rises about 400 feet above to the southwest.
Height: 5,367 feet (1,636 meters)
Distance: 7.6 Miles
Duration: 4-6 hours
Elevation Gain: 4,050 Feet
Valley Way (Osgood Trail) -8.6 miles round trip – Elevation Gain: 4,100 feet (Teal)
Trailhead is located at the Appalachia Trailhead. This is often combined with Watson path to make for a Madison loop. This trail takes hikers past the Madison Spring Hut.
Valley Way, Watson Path -7.8 miles round trip – Elevation Gain: 4,050 feet (Yellow)
Trailhead is located at the Appalachia Trailhead. This is probably one of the shortest routes up Mount Madison, and is a perfect loop combonation with the Osgood/Valley Way trail down. The last 1.5 miles features heavy elevation gain.
Pine Link Trail – 7.6 miles round trip – Elevation Gain: 4,150 feet (Pink)
The trailhead is located on Dolly Copp Road. This trail features some views along the way, but is less common than Watson Path or Valley Way trail.
Appalachia Trailhead – Valley Way Trail
Pine Link Trail on Dolly Copp Road:
All of the trail options from the Appalachia Trailhead are well traveled, nicely marked, and covered in by the surround forest. About 1 mile from summit, hikers become exposed above treeline. The trail turns into large boulders making hiking more difficult. You are also exposed to the elements, so high winds, and rainy days, hikers need to be extremely cautions.
Mount Madison is stunning in the winter. It should not be taken lightly. Just like the rest of the presidentials, if the weather turns, hikers should turn around. The exposed summits experience extreme weathers, and the right equipment is necessary.
Partly cloudy, with a low around 19. Northwest wind 35 to 40 mph, with gusts as high as 50 mph.
A chance of snow showers between 9am and 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 36. Northwest wind 30 to 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.
Partly cloudy, with a low around 28. West wind 20 to 30 mph.
A chance of rain showers after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 46. West wind around 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
A chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38. Southwest wind around 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
A chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 48. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
A chance of rain showers before 8pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
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