Explore the most popular wild flowers trails near Berlin with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

backpacking
15 days 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.

I hike this this the other day, gorgeous day not a cloud in the sky and 15 mph breeze. Trail starts out easy enough for the first few miles. After the mossy falls the trail gets significantly more difficult. I chose to go around the ice caves as i am a large guy was afraid i run into spots i might not fit through. going around on the other hand you will be climbing boulders the size of small houses with some tricky spots. once your through that and head up the Kings Ravine the trail definitely gets hairy. A lot of the trail is loose gravel and boulders the size watermelons that have the tendency to slide out from under your feet. If hiking with friends i would definitely recommend spacing yourselves out unless you want an "accident" to happen. this last half mile or so is pretty slow going. Once past this and to the next trail junction its only a half mile to summit Adams and its no different than the rest of the norther presidentials. large boulder fields and tough terrain. I would recommend making sure you have plan this hike well and give yourself plenty of time to complete it, and as with any of the northern 4000 footers make sure your prepared for anything.

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.

Hiked up Short Line trail and back down Air Line trail after summit of Adams. Very windy at summit 50-60 mph. Short Line trail is very difficult for the last mile or so especially with the lingering ice. I hiked alone which I would not recommend on this trail as one misplaced foot can lead to serious injury. Air Line trail would have been a much easier hike up.

hiking
3 months ago

Very challenging but stunningly beautiful. Really fun hike

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.

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 :)

Unsure why this trail has a "moderate" rating. Shortline trail was fairly simple but once you reach the optional Subway portion and then the push up King's Ravine this becomes much more difficult. Fortunately I've had a bit of experience with 5k mountains in the White's and know they can become a scramble but a newbie going off this rating could get into a bit of trouble especially hiking alone. Great hike overall though with spectacular views.

hiking
10 months ago

10 months ago

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.

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

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
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

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.

hiking
Friday, August 29, 2014

Much less demanding than the intial portions of the Air Line, but will require a quick steep push to the summit via spur trail bearing right to Durand Ridge, or up Kings Ravine Trail. Spectacular views of the ravine and ridge.

hiking
Monday, June 16, 2014

I personally did not enjoy this trail; I used it to descend from Mount Madison on my first trip to the AMC hut there. The long section of small gravel boulders was grueling after a ten mile ascent of Adams and loop of Star Lake. Maybe climbing Madison first on this route would be better the next time around.

hiking
Monday, October 07, 2013

Hiked the Valley Way trail last Saturday (10.5.2013). The weather was unseasonably warm and balmy, allowing me to hike most of the trail in shorts and a t-shirt. Overcast for much of the day, though never rained. Cooler at the summit, but not by much. Sadly, the peak was submerged in cloud and all that could be seen was the pulsing grey iridescence of the sun behind thick cloud. In regards to the state of the trail, it was well kept and only proved hairy where wet fallen leaves and slippery rocks were concerned. The trail rises fairly consistently from the base, but never steeply. The rock scramble to the summit was slightly confusing. While there is a trail, it occasionally gets lost among the rocks and your own sense of direction. It’s best to keep your head up and follow the cairns as best you can. The foliage was still going strong, lots of bold orange, yellow, and lime green, though with should be on its way out soon enough. Over all a pleasant experience, just remember to be over prepared when hiking in this region of New Hampshire.

We had a lot of fun on this trail, although steep at times with lots of rock face. Not a great trip on a wet day so wait a few days for it to dry out a bit. We took the little Outlook loop on the right which led to amazing views, don't do this hike without taking the outlook detour! Ate lunch at the summit then went in search of the DC3 plane which crashed on the mountain in 1954 which killed 2 of its' 7 passengers. We found the plane and took lots of pictures with it. Great hike!!! Highly Recommend!!!

hiking
Monday, April 22, 2013

We did this trail in February of 2013. The wind was steady at about 40mph and the temp was around -10f. When we broke tree line and made it to the hut we changed into warmer clothes and headed back down. We couldn't summit- this trail was a lot harder than anticipated.

hiking
Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Made it up on 23 Oct 12. Found the plane wreckage at the top of the summit, very cool hike.

hiking
Saturday, August 25, 2012

Fun hike going up Mt Madison! Two stream crossings which were beautiful. This trail brings you to the AMC hut between the Madison and Adams summits. I recommend to check out the moon rock and star lake when you're up there. We only summited Mt Madison due to time, but gorgeous views of the presidential range from the summit. Could see Washing and Adams easily and a little bit of Munroe when we were up there!

hiking
Wednesday, September 01, 2010

The day started off well...partly cloudy & warm. By the time my son and I had gotten close to tree line, it was threatening rain and blowing a bit. We bagged the peak around 11:00 AM and went on down to the AMC hut as the rain started. We got some soup to go with our lunch & waited to see if if would stop raining. We struck out for Mount Adams but the rain increase so we decided to head back to camp. Relying on memory, we took a wrong turn and headed down a trail which eventually led us back to camp only via a different, more difficult route. I checked it out in my AMC guide the next morning...it said, "do not attempt ascending this trail in the rain; do not attempt this trail with a heavy pack; do not attempt to descend via this trail." We descended the trail with moderately heavy packs in what turned out to be heavy rain. Would I do the trail again? You betcha!!

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