Mount Madison

White Mountains, New Hampshire

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Mount Madison


  • Appalachia Trailhead.- Mount Madison
  • Trail signs at the beginning of the hike.- Mount Madison
  • Dangerous weather can occur year round in the Presidential Range.- Mount Madison
  • Looking up at Mount Madison.- Mount Madison
  • Looking at the Madison Spring Hut, open June to September and closed during the winter.- Mount Madison
  • Looking over at Mount Adams.- Mount Madison
  • Looking back at Madison Spring Hut and Mount Adams from above treeline.- Mount Madison
  • The view of the Presidential Range.- Mount Madison
  • On the summit of Mount Madison.- Mount Madison
  • Mount Madison summit.- Mount Madison
  • Mount Madison summit sign.- Mount Madison
  • Taking in the views.- Mount Madison
Overview + Weather
Great views. Easy to follow. Solitude.
Dangerous weather.
White Mountains, NH
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
4,100.00 ft (1,249.68 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
8.40 mi (13.52 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,306.00 ft (398.07 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


The ascent of Mount Madison (5,366 feet) is a strenuous hike in the New Hampshire White Mountains. This peak is located in the northern end of the Presidential Range. Mount Madison was named after the fourth president, James Madison.

Any hike in the Presidential Range in the winter can be very difficult, and Mount Madison is no exception! The most popular winter route to the summit is Valley Way Trail. Most of this hike is sheltered by trees, but the final push to the summit is above tree line and exposed to the dangerous weather in this area. This hike is steep as it climbs 4,100 feet in 4.2 miles one way. It is a popular climb in the warmer months and more serene in the winter.

As with any winter hike, gear preparation and safety is important! Mount Madison looks out over New Hampshire's tallest peak, Mount Washington. The weather on Mount Washington experiences hurricane-force winds, sub-zero temperatures, and competes with Mount Everest for extreme conditions. Because of its close proximity to Mount Madison, be prepared for severe weather.

Parking for this hike is at the Appalacia Traihead on U.S. Highway 2 in Randolph, New Hampshire.

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