Valley Way Trail is a 6.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Berlin, NH that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October.
A hefty climb. There are spots along the trail with some beautiful views across the valley but the climb is a grind to tree line.
Relatively steep and boring uphill climb because there are not a lot of views until you reach Madison Spring Hut. Also, it was very humid so the trees blocked any breeze coming through.
I personally did not enjoy this trail; I used it to descend from Mount Madison on my first trip to the AMC hut there. The long section of small gravel boulders was grueling after a ten mile ascent of Adams and loop of Star Lake. Maybe climbing Madison first on this route would be better the next time around.
Hiked the Valley Way trail last Saturday (10.5.2013). The weather was unseasonably warm and balmy, allowing me to hike most of the trail in shorts and a t-shirt. Overcast for much of the day, though never rained. Cooler at the summit, but not by much. Sadly, the peak was submerged in cloud and all that could be seen was the pulsing grey iridescence of the sun behind thick cloud. In regards to the state of the trail, it was well kept and only proved hairy where wet fallen leaves and slippery rocks were concerned. The trail rises fairly consistently from the base, but never steeply. The rock scramble to the summit was slightly confusing. While there is a trail, it occasionally gets lost among the rocks and your own sense of direction. It’s best to keep your head up and follow the cairns as best you can. The foliage was still going strong, lots of bold orange, yellow, and lime green, though with should be on its way out soon enough. Over all a pleasant experience, just remember to be over prepared when hiking in this region of New Hampshire.
Fun hike going up Mt Madison! Two stream crossings which were beautiful. This trail brings you to the AMC hut between the Madison and Adams summits. I recommend to check out the moon rock and star lake when you're up there. We only summited Mt Madison due to time, but gorgeous views of the presidential range from the summit. Could see Washing and Adams easily and a little bit of Munroe when we were up there!