Photos of Valley Way Trail

DISTANCE
6.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,441 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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hiking
5 days ago

Valley Way to Madison can really test your endurance in the winter. The first 2.4 miles of the hike up is fairly moderate grade, then the last .7 miles is quite steep on both a side slope, as well as the front pitch. The trail below get covered in ice then snow, in huge swaths, the upper is just snow, which may call for snowshoes depending on the drifts and traffic.

This trail does not offer much by the way of view in the approach, but the views from the hut are nice and from the summit, even better. Slogging up Madison requires crampons in the winter. I think some of the vertical sheets of ice will test microspikes beyond their intended capacity. You can scramble down bolders too...

Its super fun but plan your clothing for an intense workout.