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Mt. Adams, Mt. Madison|
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Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Madison Gulf Trail
Route: Great Gulf Trail, Madison Gulf Trail, Parapet Trail, Star Lake Trail, (Mt. Adams), Star Lake Trail, Osgood Trail, (Mt. Madison), Osgood Trail, Great Gulf Trail
Though the weather forecast was mediocre, it looked to be a decent day in the Northern Presidentials.
The Great Gulf Trail was fairly tame up to the Osgood Cutoff. Shortly beyond that, I reached the Madison Gulf Trail junction. The first portion of the trail wasn't overly steep. Beyond that, it steepened up, getting rough and wet in places. Nearing treeline, there were some nice views as the small scrambles continued. I certainly wouldn't want to descend the trail, or try to do the water crossings after rain.
I then took the Star Lake Trail to the summit of Mt. Adams. Having previously been on the trail in fog, it was interesting to see the actual topography and views. I found the Star Lake Trail to be more challenging and rewarding than the Madison Gulf Trail.
After taking in decent views from Mt. Adams - fog passing over Madison and Washington on occasion - I worked my way down to the hut, stopping for some lunch.
The summit of Mt. Madison was a little bit chilly and windy, however the views were pretty strong. From there, I descended via the Osgood Trail. Rather scenic for the top mile or so, I found the footing to be much better than the Madison Gulf Trail, though still not a cakewalk.
After having hiked Madison from Valley Way or Airline every previous time, it was nice to try a new approach.
Getting To Trailhead:
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The Great Gulf Trail trailhead
An alpine flower along the Star Lake Trail
Mt. Madison as seen from near the summit of Mt. Adams
The Star Lake Trail
Flowers along the Star Lake Trail
The Carters and Wildcats as seen from Mt. Madison
Looking down the Osgood Trail
Directions to trailhead: Take Route 16 north from Wildcat ski area. Just after passing the Camp Dodge entrance on the right, the Great Gulf WMNF fee parking lot entrance will be on the left. The trailhead is at the back of the parking lot.
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