Mount Madison Via Watson Path

MODERATE 3 reviews

Mount Madison Via Watson Path is a 7.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Randolph, New Hampshire that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from January until January. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4094 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

trail running

forest

river

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

muddy

old growth

rocky

snow

4 months ago

Hard hard hard and steep from the beginning of the Watson trail from valley trail. False summits and some scrambling in winds and sleet (October) make it all the more challenging - but totally worth it. Amazing day. Took us 6 hours from valley to Watson and back down valley.

hiking
6 months ago

NOT A MODERATE DIFFICULTY TRAIL.

From the beginning, the Watson Path is a challenge. Shortly after a brook crossing the terrian becomes very rough and gains elevation quickly. It does not let up until you reach the top of the ridge.

Once you break above treeline, the trail mostly dissappears and you climb from carin to carin over rocks and boulders.

There are three false summits on the ascent that make this trail mentally taxing.

I would not recommend this trail for descent, due to its rugged and steep sections, however you could descend if you are carefully and take your time.

Valley Way and Airline are far less taxing ways to ascend Mt. Madison. This trail should only be attempted by people in good physical condition.

hiking
Monday, June 16, 2014

A few tricky brook crossings on this link trail.