Ascent of Mount Madison on 2011-07-16

Climber: Ben Morrow

Others in Party:Ionel Halaciuga
Date:Saturday, July 16, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Madison
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:5366 ft / 1635 m

Ascent Trip Report

My friend John and I camped out near the Appalachia trailhead the night before so we were up and on the trail by 6:10. We took Valley Way for the first 2.4 miles, then hopped over onto the Watson Path for the 1.5 mile hike to the summit. At about 0.8 miles from the junction with Valley Way, the trail leaves the woods and we were scrambling over rocks above treeline for the next ~0.6 miles. The views were incredible and we had amazing weather for such a hike. I thought the rock scramble was fun, but it is tough on the legs and feet and we were carrying ~35-pound packs as well. We made the summit and spent quite a bit of time lounging and taking pictures, then it was down the 0.4 miles to the Madison Hut where I gladly paid the $3 for an "endless" bowl of chicken chowder. After lunch it was down the 3.8 miles back to the Appalachia trailhead and a quick nap while John drove us to where my truck was parked. This trip was a learning experience for us and we will be back to tackle the entire Presidential Traverse, but I think we'll make use of the huts and work on reducing the pack weights. Great trip!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4100 ft / 1249 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4100 ft / 1249 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.2 mi / 13.2 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4100 ft / 1249 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:Valley Way/Watson Path
    Start Trailhead:Appalachia trailhead  1266 ft / 385 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4100 ft / 1249 m
    Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Route:Valley Way
    End Trailhead:Appalachia trailhead  1266 ft / 385 m

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