Mount Madison (via Valley Way)

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Mount Madison (via Valley Way)

Mount Madison is part of the Presidential Range, which comprises of thirteen mountains, nine of whom are above four thousand feet. As the name suggests, many of these mountains were named after former US presidents. The remaining mountains hold names of other colonial figures from US history. The views from these mountains are some of the most iconic in NH, and on a clear day, hikers can see across to six states, and even the Atlantic Ocean. There are a number of trails to choose from to ascend Mt. Madison including Valley Way, Great Gulf, Howker Ridge, or as part of a loop with Mounts Jefferson and Adams.

The Valley Way Trail is a direct route to the Madison Spring Hut. The Mount Madison summit can be reached by continuing on the Gulfside Trail a short distance. Enjoy 360 views of surrounding mountains.

** The Mount Washington area is known for extreme and often dangerous weather. Fatalities are a reality here, so please plan ahead, prepare properly, and always check the weather forecast before your hike.**

Location & Parking

Appalachia Trailhead, Randolph, NH 03593
Parking Details
The closest parking area to access Mt. Madison is the Appalachia Trailhead parking area on Route 2 in Randolph. This is a very popular trailhead, so planning for alternate routes and parking areas is highly advised.

Managing Organization

Managing Organization
U.S. Forest Service - White Mountain National Forest


Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall
Pet Friendly