Madison Spring Hut sits above treeline in the famed Presidential Range, nestled between the northern peaks of Mount Adams and Madison. This hut has sunset views that will knock your socks off after a day on the trail.
May 30, 2024 - September 28, 2024
Madison Spring Hut is closed during the fall, winter and spring and does not offer a self-service option. The hut cannot be used as an emergency shelter during the winter.
Shuttle stop at trailhead
No dogs overnight
The Hut Experience
Located between Mount Adams and Mount Madison, reach Madison Spring Hut by journeying 3.8 miles from the Appalachia Trailhead along the strenuous Valley Way Trail. Once you arrive, enjoy exceptional hiking opportunities on the dramatic peaks of the northern Presidential Range.
3.8 miles/Valley Way Trail
3 - 5 hours
Want to hike hut-to-hut on the Presidential Range? Check out our resources tab for suggested trip itineraries.
Overnight guests can stay in one of our three bunkroom areas, which have a total capacity of 52 people. We strongly recommend that you make reservations in advance. Each bunkroom:
Has individual bunks with mattresses
Is fully enclosed
Three wool blankets and 1 pillow with a pillowcase are provided on every bunk during the full-service season, however, bringing an extra pillowcase and sleeping bag is still recommended
Is unheated and has no electricity/overhead lighting, each bunk has a small reading light
Is co-ed and may be shared by multiple people from different reservations
Guests must bring:
An appropriately rated sleeping bag and pillow for your bunks
Appropriate clothing that will keep you warm during your stay
Appropriate gear for a backcountry hike (see pack list tab for more information)
The hut dining room acts as a common space for overnight guests and day visitors. In this area you can:
Chat with an AMC hut croo member or caretaker
Eat meals prepared and served by hut staff (for overnight guests)
Refill on water and hot drinks
Purchase snacks, merchandise and limited gear from 10am to 5pm (cash encouraged; no mobile payment apps accepted)
A portion of the proceeds from AMC Huts goes towards funding conservation projects across our region.
The stunning backcountry locations and unique “off-the-grid" facilities of the AMC hut system make them a one-of-a-kind experience that keeps guests coming back year after year.
Offerings by Season for All Guests
Daytime Access to Main Hut Building
Purchase Snacks, Hot Drinks, Limited Gear
Purchase Soup and Bread for Lunch
6/1/23 - 9/23/23
Asking a hut croo member/caretaker about trip planning advice, the latest weather report, or just to chat is always welcome.
Offerings by Season Just for Overnight Guests
Breakfast and Dinner Provided
Hut Etiquette & Additional Info
This is a carry in/carry out facility for all trash and recyclables so please pack out what you bring, including leftover food.
Quiet hours are from 9:30pm – 6:30am.
There is no Wi-Fi or electrical outlets (there are no places to charge your cell phone) and cell reception is limited.
Food at Madison Spring Hut
Dinner and breakfast are included with your stay during our full-service season from June to late September.
Please notify AMC Contact Service Center if you have food allergies or other dietary restrictions and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Dinner is served family-style at 6pm sharp and includes fresh bread, soup, salad, a hearty entrée, and dessert. Alcoholic beverages are BYOB and should be consumed responsibly.
Breakfast is served family-style at 7am sharp and includes eggs with pancakes or a baked good, plus oatmeal, and breakfast meat, such as bacon or sausage, with coffee, cocoa, or tea.
Lunch is not included for overnight guests. Soup and bread are available for purchase daily from 10am to 5pm.
During the full-service season only, each AMC hut offers daily programs about the natural and cultural history of the unique mountain environments our facilities call home. Kids who participate in our Junior Naturalist program during their stay will receive a patch of completion at breakfast the following morning.
At AMC, we believe that fostering an appreciation and understanding of the outdoors will lead more people to want to protect essential natural resources, like the White Mountains.
Staff on Site
All Huts staff live and work on-site, provide trip planning assistance and weather updates to guests and day visitors, and help support search and rescue missions across the White Mountain National Forest.
Our legendary hut croo manages Madison Spring Hut from June to late September. In addition to their responsibilities above, they:
Pack-in fresh ingredients each week for dinner and breakfast menus
Pack-out trash accumulated from meal prep
Prepare breakfast, lunch/snacks, and dinner daily
Perform informational skits
AMC Huts also offer special programs for Appalachian Trail thru-hikers, including a Thru-Hiking Pass and limited work-for-stay opportunities.
The Appalachian Mountain Club is an equal opportunity service provider. The AMC operates its system of backcountry huts in the White Mountain National Forest under special use permit from the US Forest Service.
All AMC Huts are in backcountry locations that are only accessible by foot. The most direct and easiest route to Madison Spring Hut is taking the Valley Way Trail from the Appalachia Trailhead parking area, located in Randolph, NH on Route 2 in the northern portion of the White Mountain National Forest.
The Nineteen-Mile Brook Trailhead parking area is a stop of the AMC Hiker Shuttle. The Hiker Shuttle runs daily for most of the full-service hut season, from early June to mid-September, and operates on weekends only from mid-September to mid-October. Reservations are strongly recommended.
For up-to-date information about weather, trail conditions, or advice on trip itineraries in the White Mountain National Forest, call our Trails Information Desk at 603-466-2721.
Hike the Presidential Range
Take a short hike and summit the adjacent peaks of Mount Madison and Adams. For an even more challenging adventure, trek to Mount Washington, Lakes of the Clouds Hut, or continue on to the southern Presidential peaks.
A short walk from the hut, this glacially carved lake offers stunning reflections of the night sky and unique alpine flora.
This large, nearby stone outcrop provides awe-inspiring views of Mount Washington, the Great Gulf Wilderness, and the Wildcat Range. Sunsets here are not to be missed.
Take a Guided Adventure to a Hut
Join an AMC Outdoor Guide and hike hut-to-hut while honing your outdoor skills, learning natural history, and connecting with other outdoor enthusiasts.
Hut-to-Hut Suggested Trips
Hike the northern Presidential Range from Madison Spring Hut to Lakes of the Clouds Hut.
Madison Spring Hut
Valley Way Trail
3 – 5 hours
Madison Spring Hut
Lakes of the Clouds Hut
Gulfside Trail, Westside
Trail and Crawford Path
4.5 - 6 hours
Hike the entire Presidential Range, aka a Presidential or “Presi” Traverse, and add a night at Mizpah Spring Hut to your trip itinerary above.
Lakes of the Clouds Hut
Mizpah Spring Hut
Crawford Path and
Webster Cliff Trail
3.5 - 5 hours
Mizpah Spring Hut
Webster Cliff Trail Head
Webster Cliff Trail
2.5 - 4 hours
Want to help planning your Hut trip? Try calling our Trails Information Desk at 603-466-2721 for trail advice or our reservation staff at 603-466-2727?
Want to go with an AMC Outdoor Guide to Madison Springs Hut? Check out our Guided Adventures.
Interested in planning a larger group trip? Contact our Group Sales Department at [email protected].
Backpack with waistbelt to carry extra layers, water and lunch, overnight gear
Pack cover, trash bag or other pack liner
Two 1-liter water bottles or hydration system
Sleeping bag rated 35 – 45 degrees, synthetic or down
Headlamp/flashlight with extra batteries
Hand towel, toiletries, personal medications
Waterproof rain jacket with hood
Waterproof rain pants
Midweight fleece jacket or wool sweater
Hiking pants/shorts depending on temperature
Synthetic t-shirts/long sleeves for each day
Hiking socks (wool or synthetic) for each day plus one extra
Lightweight thermal bottoms, synthetic or wool
Down/synthetic insulated jacket or vest
Wool or fleece hat
Lightweight or liner gloves
Hiking boots or low-cut hikers, broken in
Shoes for the hut: crocs, slippers, etc.
Map and compass
First Aid Kit
Emergency shelter, such as a mylar blanket
Duct tape/gear repair kit
Pocket knife/small multi tool
Sunglasses with retainer strap
Sunblock and lip balm
External battery for charging electronic devices
Headphones/ear plugs for bunkroom
Cash/card for hut purchases and gratuity
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), businesses and organizations that serve the public must allow people with disabilities to bring their service animals into all areas of the facility where customers are normally allowed to go. This federal law applies to all businesses open to the public, including AMC managed lodging and visitor centers, where service animals are welcomed.
A service animal at AMC facilities must be under the control of its handler. Under the ADA, service animals must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered, unless the individual’s disability prevents using these devices or these devices interfere with the service animal’s safe, effective performance of tasks. In that case, the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls.
These rules do not apply to emotional support animals because they have not been trained to perform a specific job or task, they do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.
For more information about our policies, click here.
Our Commitment to Sustainable Operations
AMC has a long-standing commitment to using its huts, lodges, and sporting camps as models for sustainable operations and environmental stewardship. At Madison Spring Hut we use solar panels for solar hot water preheats and battery banks to run electricity and use LED lighting. The hut has waterless toilets and we are committed to recycling and composting food.