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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.

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
27 days 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.

I did this yesterday and we loved it! Easy going for the first few miles with gorgeous smaller waterfalls... it opens up to huge boulders and the view is incredible once you break through the tree line.
Definitely make sure you’re wearing good shoes and proper clothes - the temp difference was certainly notable even mid way up.
We started on the short line / King’s ravine and cut across before we went up the entire summit and back down the airline trail.
Overall it was about 7 miles and took us about 6 hours including a couple small breaks for lunch and snacks.
Definitely a favorite of ours out of the other hikes we’ve done in the presidential range!

backpacking
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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!

I hiked this last week on a really good weather day. It was really fun but the hardest hike that I've done in the White Mountains. I started at the Appalachia trailhead, took Short Line/King Ravine Trail up to Mt. Adams, then went to Mt. Madison and then took the Watson Path down to Appalachia. With some stops for pictures and lunch and some time hanging out at the top, it was a little under a ten hour round trip. I took Short Line up and went through the Subway, which involved some crawl spaces and scrambling that were a different kind of challenge that you don't see very often. After that Short Line becomes a scramble up a flow of rocks at the headwall of King Ravine. Fun going up but like others I definitely would not recommend going down this trail. If your in shape for it and want a challenge, this is a really fun hike, but it should not be taken lightly. This is an all-day, tiring hike/climb.

backpacking
2 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.

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
5 months ago

Very challenging but stunningly beautiful. Really fun hike

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 :)

hiking
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

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
Monday, September 04, 2017

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!

Aside from bugs in some of the boggier areas and a too close for comfort encounter with a bull moose, an altogether pleasant hike with some great views from Roger's Ledge.

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
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.

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