White Mountain National Forest: Mount Madison

This steep 7.8-mile hike climbs through deep forest and alpine tundra to the summit of one of New Hampshire's famed Presidentials for views as far as Maine.
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This steep 7.8-mile hike climbs through deep forest and alpine tundra to the summit of one of New Hampshire's famed Presidentials for views as far as Maine.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 6.3

Waypoints

MMP011

Location: 44.3287925720215, -71.2767181396484

Mt. Madison (5,367 ft.); return to trailhead
Optional: Add 2-3 hours by hiking SW to Mt. Adams, or overnight near Madison Hut

MMP001

Location: 44.371524810791, -71.2710647583008

Begin curving ascent on Howker Ridge Trail

MMP002

Location: 44.3632202148438, -71.2712478637695

Trail tracks along bumpus Brook to Coosauk Falls; stay on Howker

MMP003

Location: 44.3621025085449, -71.2713851928711

Keep straight @ junction with Kelton Trail

MMP004

Location: 44.3588981628418, -71.2704010009766

Hitchcock Falls; hike up steep ledge into quiet evergreen forest

MMP005

Location: 44.3540573120117, -71.2622146606445

Blueberry Ledge; follow rocky crest into col

MMP006

Location: 44.3402786254883, -71.2614288330078

First in a series of "howks," or small nameless peaks

MMP008

Location: 44.3330001831055, -71.2688751220703

Climb rocky steps to open view

MMP009

Location: 44.3297348022461, -71.2719345092774

Veer R along marked trail

MMP010

Location: 44.3300323486328, -71.2752075195312

Swing SE up mountain

MMP007

Location: 44.3345146179199, -71.2671051025391

Stay straight @ Pine Link Trail