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NH48: Mt Madison via PINE LINK/Howker Ridge Trail (ADVANCED)

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  • Read the entire description before you RSVP and answer all questions that are part of the RSVP. Failure to answer them will result in your removal from this event.

    If you RSVP from a mobile device the questions may not show up - be sure to use a computer to update your RSVP so you can answer them (go back to the event page, click change "RSVP", click "YES", then answer them.

    RSVPs for this event will close one day before it is scheduled to occur.

    Your safety, and the safety of the group, is the most important thing. If you underestimate the demands of this event; overestimate your experience, knowledge, skills or abilities; or come unprepared you put yourself or others at risk – consider this before you decide to participate.


    What we're doing


     I set up this event on 6/8(Sat) but postponed to 6/29(Sat) due to bad weather forecast.

      The plan is to climb to one of the 4,000 foot summits in NH - Mt Madison (5,367 ft) via PINE LINK which provides an unusual variety of views from its outlook ledges and from the section above treeline on Madison's northwest slope. Combined with the upper part of the Howker Ridge Trail, PINE LINK provides a very scenic loop. 

     I've done Mt Madison multiple times and most people use Valley Way to hike in (Not scenic at all!) and I haven't used Pine Link which made me to use it this time on this event!  I'm looking forward to having the great views, but, at the same time, this trail requires some challenges, somewhat rough which consumes some energy and attention in comparison of most trails of similar steepness. Also, the part of above treeline at the end of Pine Link is exposed to the full force of northwest winds and need some strenuous rock-hopping.  Therefore, this hiking event is not for begineers.  We'd like to keep consistent good hiking pace, if possible.  


    We start as a group, hike as a group, and finish as a group. Our pace will be that of the slowest hiker. This trip isn't for you if you are faster than the group and don't want to stay with us, if you want to head off on your own, or if you are slower than the group and expect us to constantly wait for you.

    Guests are not permitted - all participants must be members of the Random Group of Hikers.

    Dogs are not permitted on this hike


    Trip Summary

    On this moderate pace (~2.0 MPH),  we'll hike about 8.3 miles with 3,716 ft elevation gain. It should take an average hiker about 6 hours 20 minutes to complete this trip (this doesn't include time for rest/food breaks).


    2.4 mi: Pine Link to the first trail junction 

    0.3 mi: Howker Ridge Trail to the next trail junction

    0.8 mi: Pine Link to the next trail junction

    0.3 mi: Watson Path to Mt Madison 


    0.3 mi: Osgood trail

    4.2 mi: Howker Ridge Trail

    We'll go through multiple trail junctions at In and Out.  At each trail junction, we MUST re-group if hikers' pace are somewhat different.


    This event is considered to be Advanced because of the pace, distance, and elevation gain. We could alter our plans because of fatigue, weather, and/or other conditions and there is no guarantee that we will complete the entire event as described here (i.e. we might not reach the summit).

    We did my research using the Appalachian Mountain Club's "White Mountain Guide", a trail map, and the Internet. You need to become self-reliant by becoming familiar with the route, terrain, and potential hazards since you are ultimately responsible for your own safety.


    Meetup location & Time

    We need car spotting as the starting and the ending point of hike are different locations.

    We're planning to meet at the hiking ending point, at the trailhead of Howker Ridge Trail at 8:30AM. This is located at Dolly Copp Road, 0.2 miles South of US 2, at the Randolph East Parking area.  (This is approx. 1.0 miles East from Appalachia, Valley Way, large parking lot.)



    Mountain weather is subject to rapid changes and extreme conditions. Dangerous weather conditions will cancel - We will post an update and/or send an email to all confirmed participants.  We will assess travel and weather conditions during the hike and make changes to our planned trip as necessary.


    Clothing, Gear, Equipment, and Supplies

    Hiking safely is about being prepared so that you can respond to an emergency situation or spend a night in the woods if you have to. Failure to bring the basics puts you and the rest of the group at risk. If you don't know what to wear and/or bring with you or have any questions either refer to the list below or contact us.

     Click for a list of items needed for a day hike (Appalachian Mountain Club)

    Do not rely on others to have extra items to share with you at the meeting spot or on the trail. You should know how to use all of your equipment - test and adjust it prior to this trip.

    If you don't have what you need you will not be allowed to participate - even if you carpooled with someone!


    Assistant Organizer

    Tomoko Nakajima




    Random Group of Hikers Disclaimer

    As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following: this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others; you assume all risk associated with this activity; you are responsible for having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, clothing, and equipment to safely participate in this activity; you know and will follow the Hiker Responsibility Code; the organizer(s) of this activity are volunteers; and you release, hold harmless, and indemnify the organizer(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death - including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons.

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  • Tomoko

    60% Heavy Rain w/ possible thunderstorm 2-5pm tomorrow(Sat). I'll reschedule Mt Madison hike to next Sat instead to be safe.

    June 28, 2013

  • Tomoko

    Someone sent me an email and ask whether or not if I'm still doing the Madison hike on Sat. The event description shows my weather check point is Friday 9PM-ish. I said this is because weather forecast can be easily changed over the days.... But you can always check weather forecast by yourself as I created the web link to point to the summit of Mt Madison. You can make your own judgment from it and change RSVP accordingly if needed at any time. Currently, 50% of rain, 67F Hi. So it doesn't look like weather cooperates us so much...

    June 27, 2013

  • Sarah L

    Hi Ted, are we still on for carpooling Sat morning at the park n ride at exit 42 off I-93? What time do we need to meet?

    June 23, 2013

  • john b.

    I can take folks up if people need a ride. I'm leaving from Northborough around 5 am.

    June 23, 2013

  • yukti

    Well like to carpool please from Boston.

    June 13, 2013

  • Sarah L

    Hi Tomoko. I just filled out the questions, but I got an error message about the server wasn't able to process my request after I hit the submit button. So let me know if I need to answer the questions again. Thanks. I'm looking forward to this hike.

    June 7, 2013

    • Tomoko

      Hi Sarah, I do see your answers. So you're all set! Thanks for asking....

      June 7, 2013


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