Madison Spring Hut
Overnight lodging at the Madison Spring Hut
Mt Adams 5,799′
Mt Madison 5,366′
Monday, Sept. 10th – Tuesday, Sept. 11th
This two day hiking excursion begins at the Appalachia trailhead, a major gateway into the rugged and scenic Northern Presidential Mountains. Traveling on one of the many trails that stem from this point, the Valley Way Trail is a direct, moderate, weather-resistant route . This well marked, blue blazed trail climbs gradually for a good distance, paralleling Snyder Brook and after 3.8 miles with a 3,550 foot elevation gain, it ends at the Madison Spring Hut. Hiking time is approximately 3:40.
Nestled in a col between Mt Madison and Mt Adams sits the Madison Spring Hut. Originally built in 1888, she relishes her position as resting on the oldest hut site in the United States. The first overnight guests stayed in the winter of 1889, and in 1906 a fee was instituted to utilize the shelter — 50 cents per night. In 1940, a fire destroyed much of the hut but was rebuilt and re-opened the following year. Drawn by many an Appalachian Trail thru hiker, adventure seeker or 4,000 footer peak bagger, the Madison Spring Hut has sheltered those who cross the Presidential Range of the White Mountains in search of adventure. We will spend one night within the walls of this historic hut.
The Appalachian Mountain Club Huts are in backcountry locations and are “off the grid”. Madison Spring Hut offers co-ed bunkrooms and separate washrooms with toilets. Bunkhouses are not heated and have no lighting. Electrical outlets are not available.
Each guest is provided with a pillow and 3 wool blankets. Cold running water is available in the washrooms. Please bring an appropriately-rated sleeping bag and a headlamp or flashlight.
Our stay at the Madison Spring Hut includes both dinner and breakfast.
Dinner is served family-style at 6:00 PM sharp and includes fresh bread, soup, salad, a hearty entrée, and dessert. With advance notice, they can accommodate dietary preferences including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and lactose-free diets.
Breakfast is served family-style at 7:00 AM sharp and includes eggs with pancakes or a baked good, plus hot cereal, fruit and breakfast meat, like bacon or sausage, with coffee, cocoa or tea.
Lunch: bring your own, otherwise soup and baked goods are available during the day.
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Sunrise . Mt Madison
Northern Presidential Range
Mt Clay . Mt Jefferson . Mt Adams . Mt Madison
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Once at the Madison Spring Hut, securing a bunk, resting a bit and lightening one’s pack, we will continue to hike to one of the destinations described below on day 1.
On day 2 we will continue to complete the summits and return back to the Appalachia Trailhead.
Weather dependent …
Star Lake Trail … 1.4 mile round trip … Hiking out to Star Lake, this small mountain lake without any tributaries, is best known as a tarn … a mountain glacier lake. We will have spectacular views of Mt Madison and the southwest side of Mt John Quincy Adams. A out and back hike not to miss!
Osgood Trail … 1 mile round trip … With a 550 vertical foot climb from the Hut, the Osgood Trail reaches the summit of Mt Madison. Here we will experience 360 degree views of the Great Gulf Wilderness!
Gulfside Trail … Leaving the Hut, this trail coincides with the Appalachian Trail as we hike to the junction of the Airline Trail.
Airline Trail … This trail offers some scrambling before reaching the summit of Mt Adams. An adventure awaits!
Gulfside Trail/Airline Trail … 1.8 miles round trip … 950 foot elevation gain to the summit of Mt Adams.
Returning to the Appalachia Trailhead
Descending Mt Adams by way of the Airline Trail … 3.7 miles back to Appalachia Trailhead … 3,550 foot drop in elevation,. Somewhat steeper and rougher than the Valley Way Trail, we will have excellent views into the Kings Ravine along the crest of the Durant Ridge. This will conclude our two days of exploring the Northern Presidential Mountains.