(the trail we used up Madison is cut off at the top)
We began our hike at 4:30 AM, parked at Appalachia parking off of Route 2 in Randolph. We took Valley Way up to Watson Path. This trail was extremely steep!! We had crappy weather the whole day. Winds were extremely strong on most of the summits!
Wild at heart
up, up, up on Watson Path
I didn't take any pictures on Madison because of the wind and rain.
My poncho didn't last long in the wind!
Our original plan was to complete the whole Presidential Range, Madison to Jackson, but the weather was just too much and we were making poor timing. We decided to head down Caps Ridge Trail from Jefferson.
At 1.4 miles, there's an intersection where we thought we were still continuing onto Caps Ridge Trail but we ended up hitting up The Link trail............HORRIBLE MISTAKE! This trail is 1.6 miles, all boulders, and it was extremely difficult to find the next cairn because of the fog. So instead of ending up on Base Rd in Bretton woods, we took the Castle Trail back down to Route 2. Once we reached the road, it was 3 miles back to the car. Making that little mistake caused us to add 5 plus miles onto our trip and we ended up doing just about the same miles as it would have been to do the whole presidential range.
We will meet again!
I have hiked 19 out of the 48 4,000 Footers in NH. I still need to hike one more mountain to complete the top 10 (Moosilauke).