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Mt. Madison
Bean's Grant, NH, Chandler's Purchase, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Airline
Looking up the Airline

Route: Air Line, Air Line Cutoff, Valley Way, Osgood Trail, (Mt. Madison), Osgood Trail, Valley Way, Lower Bruin, Brookside Trail, Kelton Trail, Inlook Trail, Valley Way, Fallsway, Brookbank

With a small but adequate window, I headed up to the Northern Presidentials. Not liking Valley Way, I beelined up Air Line and Cutoff, past the Madison (shingling in progress) in a new bypass path. Climbing Madison, the rocks were covered in rime.

While the views to the north were and undercast (above those mountains, so essentially just cloud visible), the views in other directions were strong.

For the descent, I started on the Valley Way trail, turning off it as soon as possible onto Lower Bruin. From there, I connected to Brookside and then to the Kelton Trail. After climbing uphill a bit, I turned onto the Inlook Trail, which provided numerous nice ledge views.

Once back on the Valley Way, I again turned off it onto Fallsway, then crossed over to Brookbank. While not as fast a descent as Valley Way, it was a nice walk by the cascades.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Madison
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Hike Commenced: 8:27 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,311'
Destination: Mt. Madison
Ascent Commenced: 8:27 AM
Summit Reached: 10:43 AM
Time Elapsed: 02:16
Trailhead Elevation: 1,311'
Summit Elevation: 5,367'
Vertical Gain: 4,131'
Hike Ended: 1:50 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 5:23
Hike Vertical Gain: 4,331'


The Air Line/Valley Way trailhead at Appalachia
The Air Line/Valley Way trailhead at Appalachia

The Osgood Trail near the summit of Mt. Madison
The Osgood Trail near the summit of Mt. Madison

Looking into the fog from Mt. Madison - Click to enlarge
Looking into the fog from Mt. Madison

Looking down the Inlook Trail
Looking down the Inlook Trail

Tama Falls off the Brookbank trail
Tama Falls off the Brookbank trail

Topographic map of Mt. Madison - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: Take US 2 West from Gorham to the Appalachia parking lot.

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