Past Meetup

NH4K - Jefferson, Adams, & Madison, the "easy way" (INTERMEDIATE)

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Organizer: Michael Blair @ (978)[masked]


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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.


Trip Summary

The plan is use the trailhead with the highest elevation (Caps Ridge @ 3,008') to access the ridge and hit three of the NH 4,000 footers along the way - Jefferson (#3 @ 5,712'), Adams (#2 @ 5,774'), and Madison (#5 @ 5,367'). Once we break treeline we will have some great views of the Great Gulf, the Carter Range, and King Ravine. There will also be a stop to visit the Madison Spring Hut before making the climb up to Madison. We will use Caps Ridge, Gulfside, Watson's Path, and Valley Way as we traverse from the Caps Ridge Trailhead to the Appalachia Trailhead.

On this moderate pace (~2.0 MPH) out and back we will hike about 9.9 miles and climb about 4,400 feet. It should take an average hiker about 7 hours 15 minutes to complete this trip. This event is considered to be INTERMEDIATE 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 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.

I 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 learning about the route and potential hazards since you are ultimately responsible for your own safety.

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Guests are not permitted - all participants must be members of the group.

Dogs are not permitted - the rocks of the Caps Ridge Trail are sharp and have torn many pads.

What to Bring

Be sure to look at the gear information listed below - if you have any questions about what to wear and/or what to bring let me know.

Click here ( for a list of items needed for a day hike.

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.


Dangerous weather conditions will cancel this event - I will post an update and/or send an email to all confirmed participants.

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We will meet about in the Appalachia Parking Lot on the south-side of Route 2 near Gorham, NH. According to Google Maps this meeting spot is 171 miles from Boston and it should take about 2 hours and 49 minutes to drive there. Since this is where we will be ending we will leave a few cars here and drive to the starting point.

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While carpooling is encouraged you are responsible for coordinating your own rides. Use the comments section below to communicate with others who may also be looking to share a ride. If you do share a ride be sure to share the expenses.

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 Hike Safe 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.