Saturday, September 2, 2017
Northern Presidential Range,
New Hampshire, White Mountains,
Do you like to take the route less travelled? The Howker Ridge Trail is a lesser known, but very scenic way to ascend Mt Madison in the Northern Presidentials. This trail offers great views of Mts Washington, Adams, Jefferson and the Great Gulf Wilderness as majority of the ridge is above treeline. This hike will require scrambling along the four humps called the "Howks". After the 4 mile hike to the summit, we will descend to the Madison Springs Hut in time for lunch before heading back (via the Watson Path, Kelton and Brookside trails) to Rt 2. The total distance is 9.5 miles and elevation gain is 4050 ft. Estimated time for this trip is 7 hours. We expect the type of hiker to join us will not mind above treeline scrambling and be in decent hiking shape.