Winter Hike: Madison


After bailing on Madison in December because I forgot my headlamp, I returned in January 2017 to bag it for my New Hampshire Winter 48 list.

Map of winter hike of Mountain Madison

Map of hike

Read after the jump for a summary, photos and stats.

I took the most traditional route up to Mount Madison. I parked at Appalachia parking on Route 3 in New Hampshire and hiked up Valley Way with microspikes. At Madison Spring Hut I hiked up Osgood Trail to the summit of Mount Madison. I returned to the hut and started up Gulfside Trail toward Mount Adams before deciding I was too tired to attempt climbing Adams. I returned to my car via Valley Way.

A hiker descending an icy trail with mountains in the background

A hiker descending

Snowy hut with mountain in the background

Madison Spring Hut with John Quincy Adams

Distant ski resort with bright sun overhead

Sunny Wildcats

Distant snow covered mountains

Adams, Clay and Washington from Madison

Man with goggles with snowy mountains in the background

Winter selfie


Date Hiked: 14 January 2017
Elevation Gain: 4200′
Distance: 7.9 miles
Book Time: 6:00

Related posts:
Winter Hike: Mount Pemigewasset – December 2016

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