Sunday, August 10, 2014
Sometimes hiking up a trail can be more challenging than expected. Our trip to Madison Spring Hut became a mysterious hike through fog, over slippery stones, and the threat of worse weather on the way.
Sometimes the anticipation of the storm fills me with excitement. Will we make it to the hut dry or soaked? Only time will tell as we make our way up the Valley Trail.
Madison Spring Hut is the most isolated of the AMC huts in New Hampshire. The hike includes a 4,000 foot elevation gain on the 4 mile trek. We are carrying everything that we need for a night at the hut in our backpacks. John has a 25 pound pack, and mine is 20 pounds or less.
John takes the time to study the map. Trails are clearly marked, but making sure that we are on the right trail, and knowing where we are on the trail is vital. You would be surprised at how many people get lost in the White Mountains because they don't study their maps.
We reach our destination after 4 hours of hiking. The hut is a sight for sore eyes!