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Mount Adams and Madison Loop is a 9.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Randolph, New Hampshire that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, birding, and backpacking and is best used from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 9.5 mi Elevation gain 5,173 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Backpacking

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Ryan Wasson
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HikingBugs

We had a perfect day, no wind at the top and warm/hot. The ice caves felt great in the heat. King’s Ravine was clear of snow and ice except for the caves, which even there was easy to manage. The bugs at the top are thick, so bring bug spray. We took the Howker Ridge Trail down from Madison. Much longer and it doesn’t seem like a heavily used trail. A lot of short steep drops and a good amount of up and down, but some good views along the way including some waterfalls near the bottom. Very bugging for the first 1/3 of this trail going down. We took Sylvan Way to get back to the parking lot.

Falina Foroughirad
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HikingBugsRockyScramble

Ice caves and steep scramble kept things interesting and fun. Weather was near perfect, mostly warm with frequent cool rushes of air, especially around waterfall area. Course grained, clastic, heavily weathered granite boulders provided a lot of natural traction, even when wet. Bugs were bad during the immediate descent, but it really pushed us to keep going at a quick pace, so there's that! Cold potable water at the hut was a nice treat. Great views.

Wes McEnany
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Jon Peace
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Selena GonZales
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HikingIcyMuddyRockyScrambleSnow

Fun and adventurous trail! If you need something challenging yet with rewarding views this is a good go-to. I went on May 25th with weather being 50-60s and sunny. There was still an abundance of snow as you went up in elevation. I brought along my 90lb Pup as well and he managed every part (but he’s fit and trained). Instead of finishing to the summit of Mt Adams on airline we somehow got on Star trail...that was interesting- it was completely covered in 3ft of snow and parts melting meaning you were picking yourself up as you fell thru a few times. Perks of that trail is that you were completely exposed on the side of the summit and the view was surreal! Spikes weren’t really needed until we came down on Spur Trail ( having the pup with us I decided to take a less steep route down) but overall enjoyable and a workout!

Shane Clore
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Hiking

My friend and I did a variation of this loop by the recommendation of a volunteer at the base this past Saturday. We hiked up to Mt. Adams on the Air Line trail. This trail was nothing out of the ordinary until you got about a mile from the peak of Adams then it was climbing over decent sized rocks/boulders. Visibility was probably 60ish feet once above the tree line and the rocks were very slick from all the humidity. We then took the Star Lake trail down Adams to the Madison Spring hut for a quick break. I would recommend going down Star Lake trail as opposed up it as it’s pretty steep.. From the hut we went up to Mt. Madison which was an easy .5 miles then back down the Valley Way trail to the base. Overall one of my favorite hikes so far and shockingly wasn’t all that difficult (unless the weather conditions made it that much easier mentally). iPhone logs say it was just shy of 10 miles and it took us 8.5 hours to complete. That day the trail was had hardly anyone on it which made it even better.

Matt Hew
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Hiking

I’ve done both Tuckermans and Huntington a few times. While King Ravine lacks the technical aspect of Huntington, it absolutely punishes you with the elevation gain making the hike up Tuckermans feel like a simple stroll. Massive boulders situated precariously on a ravine wall that gains 1300’ in just over .7/m require the hiker to use all four points of contact to climb over. It’s a slow but absolutely amazing slog to the top that was worth every drop of sweat I poured out. Overall, the whole hike was very typical of the Whites. We ended up going down Watson instead of Howker Ridge because of time. We were warned earlier in the day that once Watson enters the trees the trail becomes extremely slippery and that was not an exaggeration. Be mindful of where you are stepping as dry rocks were for some reason, just as slick as wet ones would be. There is no way the loop is only 9.5 miles either. We ticked off 11.1 miles and took a “shortcut” down Watson. Adams and Madison both greeted us with the typical “socked in” attire but flashed glimpses of their beautiful views from time with patience.

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Mary Katherine
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B Meyer
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We took Airline up to Adams. It’s rated as difficult but I’d say it’s more moderate until that last .8 to the summit. The scrambles were fun. It was beautiful up there, no wind, endless views. Then we went down to the hut for a short break, then up to Madison. Again no wind and great views. The trail up was rocky and scrambly. We took Watson Path to Brookside to Valley Way. Watson Path was rated moderate but we thought it was brutal. The boulders and rocks seemed endless. Maybe the ascent wouldn’t be so bad but I wouldn’t go down that way again. Brookside is nice,lots of waterfalls along the way. The whole thing including stays at the summits took 10 hours. I’m a 53 year old woman, this was 31&32/48.

Dennis O'Rourke
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HikingOver grown

Went up airline to Adams first then down to star lake, lunch in the hut, up to Madison, and down howker ridge. Everything up to howker ridge trail was great but this trail was very overgrown and seemed to never end! Moose poo all over the place too. By iPhone activity tracker this loop was about 12.8

Joseph McElwain
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Hiking

Our goal was to knock off Mt. Madison & Mt. Adams in the same day view a loop. This loop accomplished that goal, however, I would not recommend this particular loop. We summited Mt. Madison first via the Howker Ridge Trail. A few miles into the trail we encounter, moose poo all along the trail for the next mile or so (enough to fill a few wheel barrows). From the start of the trailhead, we hiked for 2 hours (2.8 miles) before we got our first view, then it's back into the trees for another .6 miles. From here on, it's beautiful hiking above treeline up Mt. Madison, then down to Madison Spring Hut for a short break, then on to Mt. Adams. Including the short break it took about 5 hours to reach Mt. Adams. Now the decent ... we took the Great Gully Trail down into the ravine. This trail does not start out too bad, but quickly becomes steep and dangerous. There are dozens of scrambles down this very steep ravine, that I would not recommend except for the highly adventurous hiker. After about a mile of these super steep scrambles, the trail connects to a much more moderate trail for 3+ more miles back to the trailhead. If we were to do this loop again, I think we would have skipped the Great Gully Trail and take a shorter, easier Airline Trail to complete the loop.

Michelle Gladish
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Erica Luzzi
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Cole Finerty
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Jon Ross
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Alex Acevedo
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Vamsi K
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Mark Stover
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Sean Hanrahan
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Florence Steven
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Meagan Robichaud
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