Friday, July 15, 2011

#25 Mt. Madison July 10, 2009

Mt. Madison (5,367') via Valley Way and Osgood Trails, July 10, 2009

Mileage: 8.4 miles RT
Elevation gain: 4,100'
Trailhead: Appalachia, located on Route 2 in Randolph, NH.

Hiked with Eileen on a beautiful Friday with no rain predicted and except for a few puffy clouds, the sky was very blue.  A bear ran across the road in front of us on the early-morning drive up.  
Valley Way trail is a gradual up; a walk in the woods. Started up at 9 a.m. and down and at the car by 5 p.m. 

Eileen on the first real viewpoint on the trail
Madison hut is in the col between Mt. Madison and "the Adams."
 At the hut we briefly rested and then made the ascent up the craggy cone. 

Headed up there!
We followed the AT white blazes but there really was no path, it was a huge pile of large rough rocks that did not seem to want us up there!  

There are beautiful views on the summit, not too windy or buggy. 

Hikers from Rhode Island took our picture.
No USGS marker that I could find, just a big spike on the top rock with little spikes hammered in around it but we were clearly at the top.  
This spike is all you get!

We saw about 30 hikers that day, many doing Mt. Adams and Madison - some were staying at the hut. 

Dinner at Muddy Moose after.

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