Mt. Madison 5,366 Ft
Valley Way, Osgood, Gulfside Path, Randolph Path, Castle Ravine, The Link
Waking up from a 5 hour nap I got dressed and drove towards Appalachia. Once there I grabbed my gear and started hiking. It was a fairly clear day and the weather was fairly nice. I made quick way up Valley way on my way to get Madison and hopefully Jefferson for my second round of the grid.
The hiking was great and I was at the hut in less than 2 hours. At this point I layered up a bit because it was really starting to get cold. When I met some people coming down Madison they also warned me of how cold it was. As I looked ahead I could see the rime ice buildup and I knew it was going to be pretty bad, it was. The trail was still very easy to navigate though as there was no ice build up or snow yet. I reached the summit around 3.
From this point the idea was to hike over to Jefferson. I had no idea how long this would take as I had not gone this way to hike Jefferson. I got a little turned around when I went off of Gulfside to catch up with Edmonds col. I ended up on the Randolph path going the wrong way. I turned around and eventually got to the col. Now the plan was to meet a friend at McDonalds in Lincoln at 8 for a night hike camp out and sunrise on Moosilauke and the time was growing short. It was about 5 at this point. I looked up from Edmonds col at the hike I still had ahead of me. I hated to admit it but I had to turn around. So I did. I made my way down on the Castle Ravine trail which was probably not the best idea. Very steep and very rocky, but it was a great sight all the way down. My knees hate me though. There was a group of people hiking off the stream next to the trail and I envied them.
I caught up with the link and ran/hiked my way back to Appalachia. It was a long way back but I got back to my car a little after 7. I changed up real quick and went to meet my friend. I reached lincoln at 8:05. So I need to go back now and get Jefferson, but I got a whole bunch of red line work done and I did get Madison. I say it was a good hike.
Check out my final report on the weekend for mount Moosilauke coming up next!