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Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams
Randolph, NH, Bean's Grant, NH, Thompson and Meserves Purchase, NH

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

Route: Howker Ridge Trail, Kelton Trail, Brookside, Watson Path, (Mt. Madison), Osgood Trail, Star Lake Trail, (Mt. Adams), Star Lake Trail, Air Line Cutoff, Air Line, Upper Bruin, Valley Way, Lower Bruin, Brookside, Kelton Trail, Howker Ridge Trail

With the Appalachia lot overflowing, I headed to nearby Randolph East and ascended via some lesser used trails.

While it was windy above treeline, the unseasonably warm temperatures made it bearable, as did ascending the peaks via the lee sides.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, October 8, 2011
Parking Elevation: 1,225'
Destination: Mt. Madison
Time Elapsed: 03:03
Trailhead Elevation: 1,225'
Summit Elevation: 5,367'
Vertical Gain: 4,392'
Destination: Mt. Adams
Time Elapsed: 01:24
Trailhead Elevation: 5,367'
Summit Elevation: 5,774'
Vertical Gain: 1,014'
Hike Time Elapsed: 9:03
Hike Vertical Gain: 5,706'


The Howker Ridge Trail trailhead at Randolph East
The Howker Ridge Trail trailhead at Randolph East

Looking down the Watson Path
Looking down the Watson Path

Looking at Mt. Washington and Mt. Adams from Mt. Madison - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Washington and Mt. Adams from Mt. Madison

The Star Lake Trail
The Star Lake Trail

Looking at the Carters and Wildcats from Mt. Adams - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Carters and Wildcats from Mt. Adams

The moose near the Madison Hut
The moose near the Madison Hut

Topographic map of Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: Take US 2 West from Gorham. At the bottom of the big hill, take a left onto Pinkam B - Dolly Copp Road. The Randolph East parking lot and Howker Ridge Trail trailhead are on the right shortly thereafter.

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