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Very challenging hike with amazing views along the trail. If you choose to hike this trail make sure you have anti mosquitoes spray!

Challenging and a lot of fun. If you have the same idea of fun as I do.

This was an out and back for me, using the valley to ascend to the Madison Spring Hut. From there, the ascent to Madison is only a half mile, to Adams, a mile. The Osgood trail to Madison is well marked and a bit of a scramble here and there, but easily done (I saw a family there, and a couple dogs). For Adams, I took the Star Lake Trail, which is much more challenging, and involves some real rock work. Whatever way you choose, the views from either summit are well worth the effort.
The Valley Way itself isn't a trail with a lot of scenery, though near the beginning, there is a parallel trail called the Fallsway. You can probably guess why (it's not because of any falling danger!) It is rated here as hard, and in the White Mountain Guide as strenuous, but I think that is more for the length and continual elevation gain. I completed the Valley Way ascent in about 4 hours (taking lots of time for pics and a break), and had a great few hours on the summits and hanging around the Hut. The AMC folks were just preparing for their opening in two days, so I couldn't get a souvenir, but I did chat for a while with the folks there. I highly recommend this trail as an easier alternative to the more scenic Air Line.

Did this hike the previous summer. I would say this is definitely the most fun and challenging way to the summit as well as rewarding. The rock scramble was a ton of fun and a great way to get the adrenaline pumping. Hike was very easy to follow as there were paint marks on the mountain. Views at the top of the mountain were amazing and made the difficulty of this hike totally worth it. I recommend coming down the Tuckerman ravine trial as this trail is too steep to go back down it. Took about 7 hours round trip but also because of one hour spent on the summit. Overall an awesome way to get to the top of the highest mountain in the Northeast.

Very steep and rocky. Incredible view at the top. You could go trail running on it, but you would need quads of steel for the uphill. I suggest hiking or backpacking.

Did this a couple times. I prefer it over most Mt. Washington routes.

Done this one a few times and it’s never boring.

Happy Labor Day! What a brisk 20 degrees!

backpacking
8 months ago

Yet another spectacular White Mountain, Presidential hike. Last hiked it on August 28-29, 1993. Up Huntington Ravine and over to Alpine Garden Trail, then up to Mt. Washington summit and stayed the night. Next day, came down David Path to Boot Spur Trail to Huntington Ravine and back to lot.

Tough but worth the effort

This was my hardest hike yet! A bit more rock climbing than hiking though. Worth the jitterbug nerves and steep climbs, views were amazing.

Great hike on a beautiful day. Don't know if my brother will agree but I give him credit he persevered. This hike is one of the hardest I've done to date. The push to Adams summit is rough terrain and very strenuous in my opinion. Kings Ravine was awesome to follow up and looks down to Jefferson, Madison and Washington from the tops of Adams and Madison were splendid. 2 more 4ks off the list

Probably too hard for me, I stopped at the refuge but the trail is very nice. Be careful at the way down.

hiking
10 months ago

Did it today. I loved it. Amazing views! Definitely a great cross between hiking and rock climbing. Now I am in no way a rock climber and before this trail I read some articles on rock climbing holds that I think really helped me. Caution is definitely needed on this trail because of the angles you are on. People say they take kids on this one, good for them, I personally would warn highly against it. No way I would bring a dog either. I highly recommend this trail but at your own risk.

Crazy fun and difficult at times. Careful on the way down!

hiking
11 months ago

A very difficult trail due to some rock face climbing. This trail is a lot of fun and I like it much better than Tuckermans due to the shorter distance and the feeling that you are rock climbing.

hiking
11 months ago

Class III Scramble with circa 5.5 slab free solo climbing at max 10-15 feet exposure that is disconcerting to those unacquainted with climbing. Much more satisfying than hiking: why hike when you can problem solve a climb?

Great views on the way up with good rest stops along the way. We took 6 hours one way up in no hurry, just took the shuttle down, easily worth 31 bones each and my knees are still thanking me.

hiking
11 months ago

WARNING Huntington Ravine is arguably the most difficult hiking trail in New England. Applician magazine once declared it most difficult in the US.

Never attempt to descend this trail. Never hike this train in bad weather or wet conditions.

After leaving the Tuckerman Ravine trail you will cross a river and go through some cool terrain that includes weaving between boulders.

Once you reach the floor of the ravine you will ascend a Boulder field, before reaching "The Slab".

This is the point of no return. Do not proceed unless you are in excellent shape, have shoes with good grip, and are comfortable using hand holds. Many people have been seriously injured, required rescue, or even died on this trail.

The slab is a nasty section of very steep rock that requires good placement of your feet and even some hand holds to ascend.

After the slab is a seemingly never ending series of scrambles and chimneys.

This is a no fall trail. In some sections, if you fall, you will drop 10 to 40 feet before rolling a great distance more.

Numerous sections require hand holds. Numerous sections put you right on the edge of a drop. If you are afraid of heights, do not even start thus trail.

This is one of the most unique trails in the White Mountains. The views are amazing and the challenge excellent.

If you climb this trail you will never forget it.

hiking
11 months ago

Just completed this trail on Saturday. It was incredible!!! Not a trail for the novice hiker or faint of heart. The trail starts with a moderate hike then you hit the Fan section which turns into a scramble through a large rockslide. After you make it through the Fan then the real fun begins at the Slab! Once you start this section, it is the point of no return. The Slab section of the trail Is basically a very steep granite face around 100 plus feet that you ascend using your feet and hands up a crack in the granite face. (A little more on the rock climbing side then hiking) Once you have finished the Slab there are some other shorter climbs and you are exposed on cliff edges as well. The last part is a quick climb up a chimney then you are at the top of the head wall where you intersect with two other trail which you can take to the summit. We really enjoyed this trail and it's views are incredible. It's not a heavily traffic trail and we were there on the Seek The Peak event weekend. We saw maybe 10 or 12 people on the length of the trail. If you decide to take this trail be prepared for it and I would definitely not use this trail to do a decent of Mt Washington. Looking forward to doing it again!! One other thing to add is to keep your eye out for the trail markers. Some of the yellow blazes are worn and hard to see.

One of my favorite trails I've ever done. Brought climbing shoes & would've moved a lot quicker along the technical areas had I used them but was determined to do my 1st run without. Crack climbs over the slab were my best moments, and this is definitely not for a newbie hiker! It helped having rock climbing experience! Despite it being the busiest and most trafficked weekend on Mt. Washington, my Seek the Peak trail hike on the Huntington Ravine trail was nothing short of exciting and breathtaking... and not very busy on this trail due to its well known difficulties. This trail ROCKS!

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Challenging trail. The hut was cool.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

No joke this trail is dangerous

hiking
Sunday, June 25, 2017

We took the Kings Ravine trail up and the Air line down. Challenging and amazing!!!

hiking
Monday, May 29, 2017

Although I had a next to perfect day, I imagine this to be a hearty trail that rewards the climber with ascending the second highest summit in New Hampshire. It's a bear of a climb and straight up most of the way. The Knife Edge is truly something to behold and unlike anything I've seen in the Whites. I would rank it very high but a notch below Lafayette in terms of total satisfaction. A must climb. Read my detailed blog on this hike and more at: https://www.chasingjadetrailstopeaks.com/single-post/2017/10/09/Mount-Adams-Madison

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A white mountain classic that should only be done if comfortable on steep and exposed terrain. Great views and exciting terrain which will not be soon forgotten!

hiking
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Tough trail if you go up the headwall to the Alpine Garden. But don't be too scared either. I did it several years ago with twin 9-year old boys, who had zero trouble, and my wife who was recovering from a sprained ankle, who did hobble a little by the end coming down Tucks. It helps to be experienced. We did see a couple of people who were struggling a bit on some of the more exposed scramble sections.

And pay attention to the weather. This would be far harder when wet.

It is also a lot of fun in the winter, but that is not hiking.

hiking
Sunday, February 12, 2017

A far superior trip up Washington over Tuckerman, but definitely not for the faint of heart. Started at sunrise and was glad we did as it's a lengthy trip up there. Gradual yet steady climb up under the tree line for a few miles which serves as a nice warmup. When the ravine comes into sight things get real. I was with two other gentlemen over 6' and we needed every inch for the scrambles. Some sketchy passes for sure that require tossing your pack up ahead of you. The descent down Tuckerman was a killer on the knees, but overall an unforgettable hike. Didn't see many others on the ascent which was a nice alternative to the novice-saturated Tuckerman. Definitely don't attempt if you are a novice hiker or shorter or not in outstanding shape. Happy trails

hiking
Monday, November 21, 2016

Took air line to Mt Adams, which was a steady and unforgiving incline. I did not enjoy the trail until i was above tree line. Incredible views from that point on with lots of fun scrambling. I was lucky the weather was unusually warm this time of year (late November) or else the scrambling and following the trail above tree line would have been difficult with ice and snow everywhere. I should've peak bagged to Madison like others did, regrets!!!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Took air line to Adams, then Madison, the hut and down via Valley way. Rt 2 to Adams summit , about 5 hrs. Start to finish 10 hrs and a change.

Liked Air line better than Valley way, which looked endless at 7 PM.

The view from Madison is better, may be because it includes Adams.

Both peaks involve walking on huge rocks, easy to trip/slip and have a bad fall. Had nice, mostly sunny, warm weather, but can imagine what it would be in rain or snow.

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