Hiking all the trails described in the AMC’s White Mountain Guide Book is a worthwhile and rewarding pursuit. It starts off and stays fun for a long time. It’s only when you’re about 90% done does it begin to feel like a list. A chore. A thing involving logistics. Most hikers would rather be out there hiking, not mulling it over at the planning table.
One guest, working on this very thing, came to us primary looking for company on the northern segment of the Madison Gulf Trail. Unlike Tuckerman and Huntington Ravine Trails, Madison Gulf isn’t nearly as exposed with exception to one slab, but it is a gulf or ravine, there is a headwall in the trees (by way of trail routing), and it is a steep and rugged trail. Of course, many ’round these parts are.
The hiking guide notes that ‘the headwall of Madison Gulf is one of the most difficult in the White Mountains.’ What isn’t mentioned is the absolute raw and pristine beauty of this area. This is one of those wild places that lingers in ones heart. Phoebe’s knowledge of the trail, particularly the headwall made for a smooth ascent. Appreciated her willingness to pick up some extra trails along the way! Thanks again for a great trip! —Guest
With our guest was Redline Guide Phoebe Seltzer. She took these photos of their day.