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Valley Way Trail is a 7.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Berlin, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.7 mi Elevation gain 3,832 ft Route type Out & Back

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melissa munger
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HikingMuddyRocky

Went valley way to the summit of Madison and back. I clocked 7.5 miles total time of 5.5 hours with stops at the hut x2 and summit. Good trail for dogs! Lots of little rivers for them to cool off and get water. Muddy and wet in some sections but nothing to complain about. A bit rocky / bouldering after leaving the hut and up to Madison, not scary though - fun and challenging. I’d say it’s moderate difficulty.

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Mary S
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HikingBlowdownGreat!

Took Valley Way down after using Airline to summit Adams and then down Star Lake Trail to the hut and over to Madison. Valley Way is a great trail.

Christopher Landadio
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HikingMuddy

The weather was super humid but made for a fun sunset hike. The trail was a little muddy and slippery above 3000ft, so watch your footing. There were also ridiculous bugs at the summit, but bug season is coming to an end so they shouldn't be a problem soon. The hut has a potable water spicket on the outside which is nice to refill waters. Great day, we ended up summiting in 2:04, which was very rewarding.

Anna Wright
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HikingBlowdownRocky

Wonderful day out there on Madison! There are a couple of blow downs that are easy to navigate. This is a VERY rocky trail. Rewarding views at the summit. No snow or ice on the trail. We did the loop and going clockwise made it easier on the descent. Took us about 8 hours and defy a tough first hike after almost three months of no hiking!

Andrew Levin
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HikingBugsMuddy

Great day! Sent it up the Valley Way to Madison Springs Hut and then continued up to Madison. Valley Way was super muddy, and even from going up to then going back down the snow melted significantly. Used crampons and pole going up, then just a pole going down, kind of slippery in places but not unbearable. Bugs were atrocious, but thats spring in the Presidentials.

Amelia G.
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HikingMuddyRocky
Stephanie Cawley
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HikingIcySnow

Lower section is a bit icy but good snow above 3000'. Stepped off the trail to let a descending hiker go by a little below Madison Hut and sank in above my knee. Probably 2 feet of snow. Above treeline conditions are very variable from bare ground to ice to snow. Microspikes the whole way bottom to top. A little icey dicey on the summit cone especially on descent, but we took our time and did fine. Could definitely use a fresh dump of snow!

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Lee Cullivan
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HikingSnow

Went up to the hut with loose snow on the trail - please wear snowshoes to help pack it down if you can. From the hut we broke Star Lake trail up to Adams summit which was hard. After getting back to the hut via Airline/GG, we descended Valley Way. Awesome trail that is well travelled, even in winter.

Adam Ryason
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BackpackingSnow

Exhausting but beautiful with backpacking gear after a fresh snowfall

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Nina G
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HikingMuddy

Took this trail both up and down Mount Madison - first time on the mountain and this was perfect. Not too steep, beautiful views, pup loved it. It’s a beautiful, stone staircase right up into the sky :)

David Abbott
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HikingMuddyRocky

Pretty cloudy. And no views even if it wasn’t. Not as step as a previous post suggested. Only last 0.4 was steep.

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Nicole Palumbo
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Hiking

Took this trail down from the Madison Spring Hut. It was raining. The trail was muddy and the rockets were wet but this was a fun hike. Best way down from the Madison Spring Hut.

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DJ Goodman
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Hiking

This is a very beautiful but difficult rocky trail leading up towards Madison Hut. Everyone in our group was way overpacked (35-40 lb backpacks) which made it extremely agonizing. We made it though & continued to Mt Madison, Mt Adams, and finally to Lakes of the Clouds Hut.

Vinay Busireddy
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HikingBugsMuddyOver grownRockyScramble
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Nick Zupperoli
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HikingRocky
Krista Miller
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HikingBugs

This trail is a pretty typical NH mountain trail, though probably on the rockier, steep side. It climbs 3800 feet in 3.8 miles, which is a pretty hefty elevation gain over a relatively short trail. The trail took us 3.5 hours, hiking moderately and taking breaks when needed. The trail is completely below treeline. Just when you think you can't go on any more, you see the Madison Spring Hut peeking out through the trees and realize that you've made it. It gets 3 stars for me because it's simply a way to get somewhere. On its own, it has very little to recommend its use over any other trail. You're using it to get to Madison Hut or Mount Madison. There are no significant viewpoints and nothing else really interesting about this trail. We did not descend this trail, but suggest that it's quite steep going up and might be a rather painful trail to descend. We also ascended on a rather hot, humid day - it was fairly buggy and did not cool down until after we'd reached treeline and the hut.

Robert Bukowski
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Hiking

Challenging. Plenty of water on the trail. Weather was good today7/27/2019. Tons of people, summits a zoo until you pass Mt Washington.

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Stephanie Cawley
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HikingBugsScramble

This mountain has been kicking my butt for almost 40 years and yesterday was no exception. But I always love this mountain. It's classic pyramidal profile, King Ravine and all it's features (the Subway, Ice Caves, Great Gully Trail, King Ravine Trail, the Airline Knife's edge) all add to the allure of this place. Yesterday's hike took me up the Valley Way Trail and Star Lake Trail. I then descended via the Airline Trail back to the Valley Way Trail back to Appalachia. Valley Way was it's usual pleasant hike except it was a HOT day, sweating buckets. Took me 3 hours as I didn't want to push it in the heat. Fortunately I stopped at the Madison Spring Hut for a water refill then on the Star Lake Trail to the summit. Also a little slower about an hour and a half to the summit. Even at the summit it was still warm with only intermittent wind. The intermittent wind was a welcome relief from the heat and black flies and beetles that otherwise swarmed you. The black flies chased me off the summit cone until I returned to the Madison Spring Hut for yet another refill of water. Then the descent via the Valley Way Trail. This seemed more arduous than normal and I think the heat was a factor along with the fact that I broke my wrist a month ago and still can't put full weight on it and so my usual hiking pole assist on the descent was compromised. It took me as long to descend as it took to ascend. I was pretty fried by the bottom but really enjoyed the hike nonetheless. I think I need to rest my wrist before facing another steep descent on the typical White Mountain trail that is full of rocks, roots and ruts. BTW, I skipped Madison summit and glad I did. Adams was more than enough!

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