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Valley Way, Osgood Trail
8.4 miles round-trip
4,100 feet of elevation gain
I did a solo hike of Madison on July 1st. I was prepared for an especially hot day; I wore a T-shirt and shorts, and I put my hair up in a ponytail. This time I solo hiked, it was different; Mom and Sage were not hiking that day, so neither of them were on the mountain. The sun had already risen when I started my hike, and there were many cars in the parking lot (I was not surprised since it was a summer Sunday).
Mom took a picture of me at the trailhead. After that, I didn't see her for another 4 hours and 45 minutes.
There were people on the trail ahead of me, so I didn't run into any spiderwebs!
Up I go...
After hiking up Valley Way, I was grateful to arrive at Madison Springs Hut and feel strong, cool wind.
Madison Springs Hut...
After grabbing a small snack at the hut and dropping off my pack and poles, I took a Nalgene water bottle, my phone, a jacket, and a map and compass (just in case), and headed up Madison.
As I continued hiking to the summit, the sky became cloudy and fog surrounded me.
I got to the summit of Madison! The top was surrounded by clouds, so I had absolutely no views. The cool wind felt amazing, though. I never ended up needing to wear my jacket.
As I came down, the clouds briefly dispersed before surrounding everything once again.
Once I came back down to the hut, I filled up my water bottles and started heading down.
Sunlight shining through green foliage...
I noticed a squirrel on a tree. It stayed like it is in the picture for a while and then jumped to another tree to fuss at me.
When I arrived at the trailhead, Mom was there waiting there for me. Before driving back home, she gave me my first driving lesson; I am 15 and a half now, which means I can start learning how to drive by New Hampshire state rules. It was exciting! I am looking forward to driving more.