Pets allowed
Elevation Gain
4,100.00 ft (1,249.68 m)
Trail type
8.40 mi (13.52 km)
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

Not Required


Great views. Easy to follow. Solitude.


Dangerous weather.

Trailhead Elevation

1,306.00 ft (398.07 m)


Big vistas


Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping


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