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Great trail! I would not recommend it to a novice hiker/group of hikers! Be careful of the weather as I am camping here at the campground in white out conditions. I had to get to the campground early where things are sheltered by a valley(hence Valley Way) at about 4130 ft. Campground is about 3.8 miles from Appalachia Trailhead. Believe it or not I still haven't ascended a peak due to bad weather, but I still rate this trail as excellent as I ran into a nice man from the AMC cleaning up this trail for free in his own free time. Excellent views during good weather, Airline especially.

hiking
26 days ago

Used this trail today to attempt to summit Madison (and maybe Adams) after slogging through a few feet of snow to the Madison Spring Hut I had to turn back. The conditions were not conducive to summiting solo. You win this round Madison. The Valley Way trail was a great fall/winter option as it provides a lot of protection from the wind. I had a great time despite being 4/10s of a mile from summiting and having to turn back. Can't wait to get back up there.

Very nice trail 10/10 nature

trail running
1 month ago

Very solid trail. first mile is pretty flat then goes straight up from there. Weather can get crazy up top but the hike i well worth it. Highly Recommended!

One of my favorite loops I’ve done and the best trails in the North Country of New Hampshire. I would recommend going counter clockwise because it allows you to go up the steepest section. Bunnell Notch is quite gradual, following a beautiful brook for most of the way. Once you reach the junction with Mount Cabot Trail, you begin ascending steeply. You will pass a neat viewpoint and a cabin before reaching the summit. Here’s the important part, the summit sign on Cabot is not the official high point, on the sign, there appears to be a poorly carved arrow pointing you to a spur trail, this takes you to the real high point marked with a cairn. Continue on to The Bulge, this peak is wooded with a small cairn and counts for your New England Hundred Highest. The Horn is also a Hundred Highest Peak and has the best views in the whole range, offering 360 degree views of New Hampshire’s North Woods, Percy Peaks are clearly visible. Unknown Pond is also a real gem, especially with some foliage, The Horn looms high above it. Unknown Pond Trail also follows a really nice brook, crossing it a few times, but nothing too difficult. Definitely worth doing weather you’re a peak bagger or just looking for a weekend hike, very underrated.

Wonderful view at the summit was worth the hike. Definitely expect to get muddy if it has rained recently. We found this hike to be difficult to do with a leashed dog at one spot we had to pass him down some rocks and back up again, good thing he doesn’t weigh that much yet because he’s still young. Definitely bring a suitable vehicle to the trail head parking area, the logging road is quite rough. Would definitely do again to see the crash site now that we know how to get to it thanks to some fellow hikers.

rock climbing
2 months ago

This is a high quality hike- it has a decent rate of ascension (to raise your heart and breathing rate) with a fair amount of slab granite and several challenging rock climbs. The ‘hard’ rating very much applies if it were wet. A wide open top makes for great summit viewing- plenty of space to enjoy without crowding other hikers. The crash site gives perspective how hard it would for rescuers to get to people in need of help.

A nice long hike but not the greatest one out there. No view at the summit but a couple viewpoints along the way. Unfortunately, it was overcast so we couldn’t see too far. There were some great streams and waterfalls though so that was quite nice! The only turnoff was that there was a lot of bushwhacking and overgrown pricker bushes due to the lack of trail use. Definitely wear pants as another hiker suggested.

on Mount Madison

hiking
2 months ago

Great Hike, We hiked up Airline to Shortline including the Subway and returned on the Valley Way. The Subway was a lot of fun with plenty of bouldering in the area. there was a lot of foot traffic at the summit for a Friday and a few dogs with very soar paws (yikes). The trail is very well marked and maintained.

My least favorite 48-4000 footer so far. The lower half of the mountain is extremely overgrown. Going up this isn’t an issue, but coming down it’s scary not being able to see your feet and where you are stepping. Many down trees and the trail is poorly maintained. No view at the summit but there are some view stops along the way. The Horn is the best part about this hike.

backpacking
3 months ago

Challenging doing ~1000ft/mi but the views are worth it. Surprisingly no bugs at night 8/4 at the Valley Way tent site.

hiking
3 months ago

This was a quick way to get off of Mt Madison in a stormy situation. You're quickly below treeline from the Madison Spring Hut. It's an easy, albeit quite steep, descent.

hiking
3 months ago

Really strenuous but absolutely beautiful. This was my first presidential and it kicked my butt in the best way! Drink lots of fluid and plan for a full day hike unless you’re a pro. Gorgeous all the way up and down. Worth it!

backpacking
4 months ago

Took the Valley Way up, which is about 4 miles, this ascends the entire time with no switchbacks. Terrain is pretty easy for the most part. At about 4 miles is the Madison Springs hut. We dropped our packs there and took the 0.5 mile trail to the summit. This was a rockier trail with lots of boulders to navigate on. Took about 3.5 hours to get to Madison Springs hut and 1 addition hour to get to summit and back to the hut. We did not descend Madison, but continued onto Adams.

Long hike but not difficult. Needs maintenance between Cabin and Unknown Pond many blowdowns across trail. Unknown Pond trail needs drainage mgt to prevent erosion from hiker traffic. Very pretty hike, 46 degrees to start the hike, no bugs til the sun came out and temp went up.

hiking
7 months ago

Very challenging but stunningly beautiful. Really fun hike

hiking
11 months ago

Cool hike , completed the trip to the peak and down to the DC 3 Wreck. trail was in great shape with many photo ops at the AC site and the Peak.

hiking
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

This was a lovely hike. Steady grade all the way up to Cabot and nothing too strenuous. A few "tough" spots since the trail was pretty wet when we went. Definitely plan on getting muddy. There's some small streams and waterfalls along the way. There's spots that are overgrown so long socks and pants are recommended. The trail isn't blazed but very easy to follow. There's also a nice viewpoint before reaching Cabot Cabin. No views at the summit since its' wooded, but you can get a nice 360 if you're inclined to climb the boulder at the top of the Horn. Overall a great hike! Wouldn't really rate it Hard, pretty much Moderate, not a lot of scramble. I often use trekking poles and found myself packing them away a while. Also, the Berlin Fish Hatchery WILL NOT LOCK YOUR CAR INSIDE so no need to rush to get out by 4:00! We couldn't get a confirmation and ended up running the last 2 miles to make it back in time to have some locals tell us that even if it's closed, it's just pinned shut if there's still vehicles parked for hikers. So just because we missed out on a leisurely descent doesn't mean you have to :)

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Started on valley way then crossed over to Watson. Watson is definitely a leg killer and you come across a few false summits while hiking up some boulders/rocky areas but overall, it was amazing.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Great way to to the Presidential Range. I've hiked this trail several times and it's a great workout!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Great trail maintenance throughout, and gets significantly easier sooner on the way down.

hiking
Friday, July 07, 2017

Steady hike up to Cabot. Nice cabin just before summit to break or stay if your inclined. Wooded summit. Other then going for 48 not sure if this climb is needed. looped down over Bulge and took small trail to Horn (52 with a view). View off horn was great 360. Then down to the Unknown pond and back to start. Long hike on a nice day.

Friday, July 07, 2017

Overall it's a boring trail. Only spots for views are toward the very end and you're just going straight up the mountain the whole way. There aren't any unique or challenging obstacles, but there's an awesome swimming hole 20-30 minutes in from the parking lot.

hiking
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Hiked this with my 12 year old. To be honest I was shocked we made it. We were up for the challenge but the rocks and roots were difficult to navigate in some areas due to the recent rainfall the night before. Some spots were very slick and as the day went on the mud really started to show itself in spots. Took us 3:21 to the hut. 2:20 down and I did not have my app on from hut to summit but I would say 35 -40 to summit with stops along the way for pictures.

hiking
Saturday, August 27, 2016

For the record the turn off of ME-26 is North Road not North Pond. Also after about 5 miles on North Road it changes names to Success Pond Road.

Hike was nice at the beginning and challenging for the 2nd half. Dogs enjoyed playing in the creek for the 1st half mile or so.

Very few bugs in late August.

hiking
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

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.

hiking
Thursday, December 10, 2015

Took the less-traveled Howker Ridge path up to Madison on this day. Spent most of the time above tree line. doesn't get better than that! Howker ridge to valley way back to Appalachia lot took us 8 hours

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Pretty long and very intense! Rewarding views with a fire tower at the summit off the main trail

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Great hike. Very challenging. Also completed Mount Adams after. Total of a little over 8 hours.

hiking
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

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.

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