The views from Madison Spring Hut and its closest peaks will knock your socks off. The hut sits above the treeline at the northern end of the Presidential Range and overlooks the sheer walls of Madison Gulf. Hike a moderate 3.8 miles to spectacular views of the Presidential, Kilkenny, and Pilot Ranges. For a closer-in feel, jog over to nearby Star Lake and marvel at the fragile alpine flora unique to this little corner of the world.
First built in 1888, Madison Spring Hut has been newly rebuilt and greets hikers with wide, open views and comfortable bunks. Its heritage as AMC’s first high mountain hut is honored by the fantastic croo that serves up hearty meals and offers helpful information about the surrounding trails, geology, and plant life.
Full Service Season
June 3 – September 25, 2021
AMC Huts are in backcountry locations and are “off the grid”. Madison Spring Hut offers co-ed bunkrooms and separate washrooms with toilets. Bunkhouses are not heated and have no lighting. Electrical outlets are not available.
Each guest is provided with a pillow and 3 wool blankets. Cold running water is available in the washrooms. Please bring an appropriately-rated sleeping bag and a headlamp or flashlight.
Madison Spring Hut is closed during the winter and spring.
Dinner and breakfast are included with your stay.
Dinner is served family-style at 6:00 PM sharp and includes fresh bread, soup, salad, a hearty entrée, and dessert. With advance notice, we can offer child-friendly meal options and accommodate dietary preferences including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and lactose-free diets.
Breakfast is served family-style at 7:00 AM sharp and includes eggs with pancakes or a baked good, plus hot cereal, fruit and breakfast meat, like bacon or sausage, with coffee, cocoa or tea.
Lunch: bring your own; otherwise soup and baked goods are available during the day.
Please notify AMC Reservations if you have food allergies or any other dietary needs. Please Carry In/Carry Out all trash and recyclables.
Madison Spring Hut is closed during the winter and spring.
The AMC has a long-standing commitment to using its huts, lodges and sporting camps as models for sustainable operations and environmental stewardship.
Our Hut Naturalist offers daily programs about the local flora and fauna before and after dinner in full-service season. Kids can complete an activity booklet to earn their Junior Naturalist patch.
AMC offers a Hiker Shuttle to major hut trailheads from Highland Center and Pinkham Notch Visitor Center/Joe Dodge Lodge (summer and fall).
The friendly AMC hut “croo” are available to assist you with trip planning, trail information, and weather reports.
We are not able to accommodate pets at any AMC Hut. Please ask for our list of local kennels.
Please be respectful of other guests and observe quiet hours from 9:30 PM to 6:30 AM.
Alcoholic beverages are allowed in moderation and should be consumed in a responsible manner. Please carry in/carry out all containers.
Smoking or open flame are not allowed in or near any structure.
Top things to do
Dreaming of never-ending views above the treeline and a classic White Mountain trek? Madison Spring Hut is the perfect overnight stop on your travels.
Soar to Presidential heights
If you’ve climbed this far, you’ve earned it. Head higher and tag surrounding 4,000-footers Mounts Madison and Adams to take in views of a lifetime.
Stroll over to nearby Star Lake and lose yourself in its ethereal atmosphere, ringed by the unique and fragile plant life of the Alpine Zone.
Rock the ravine
Climb up to the Durand Ridge to gaze down into King Ravine, littered with enormous talus boulders and hidden ice caves, offering the solitude you seek.
Learn from a naturalist
Our hut naturalists love to share their knowledge about local wildflowers, geology, and hut history during talks before and after dinner. Kids can earn their Junior Naturalist patch!
Try a guided program
We offer a range of guided outdoor skills and adventure programs year-round, including our popular Adult Adventures, Lodge-to-Hut trips, and Family Adventure Camps. View upcoming schedule.
Build your own adventure
Our guides offer custom outdoor trips on your schedule, based on your group’s interests and experience level. We offer everything from 1-2 hour, day-long, and overnight programs. Learn more.
What to Bring
The right clothing and gear are essential in the unpredictable weather of the Northeast’s mountains. Even if it feels like summer in the valleys, it can be cold and winter-like on the high peaks. Use the gear guides below to make sure you’re packing everything you need for comfort and safety. Be prepared for severe weather regardless of season, dress in layers (including synthetic or wool base and insulating layers, and a windproof/waterproof outer shell), eat high energy foods, and stay hydrated.
A Bunk with pillow and three wool blankets are provided; bring sheets, a sleep sack or lightweight sleeping bag.
Enclosed gender-specific washrooms have cold running water, so you may want to bring a small towel or washcloth.
Dinner and breakfast are included in your hut rate, but please bring your own lunch and snacks. Some snack items, soup, or baked goods are available for purchase at the hut from 11:00 AM-4:00 PM.
Lighting is limited to common areas only. Bring a headlamp for the bunkrooms at night.
Madison Spring Hut is closed during the winter and spring and does not offer a self-service season.
Hiker Shuttle and Public Transportation
AMC’s Hiker Shuttle connects the Highland Center, Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, and the towns of Lincoln and Gorham with major trails to the huts, allowing hikers to start and end their trip at different points. The stop in the town of Lincoln is coordinated with Concord Coach bus service. The AMC Hiker Shuttle runs daily for most of the full-service hut season, from early June to mid-September. The shuttle operates weekends-only from mid-September to mid-October. Reservations are strongly recommended. View a complete schedule.
Madison Spring Hut
Gorham, NH 03581
Pinkham Notch Visitor Center
603-466-2721, ext. 0 (24 hours)
AMC Reservations: 603-466-2727
Monday-Saturday, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Directions to Madison Spring Hut
AMC’s Hiker Shuttle offers transportation from Joe Dodge Lodge/Pinkham Notch Visitor Center and the Highland Center to all major approach routes to the huts in Summer and Fall. The Hiker Shuttle also picks up and drops off at the Irving gas station on Main Street in Gorham, NH. Reservations are required (call 603-466-2727).
The Valley Way trailhead parking lot is located on NH Route 2 in Randolph, NH. Valley Way to Madison Hut is a 3.8 mile hike up a sustained steep grade on rocky terrain. The trail starts in the hardwood forest in moderate terrain but as the trail climbs into steeper terrain, the trail quickly becomes rockier and the footing more uneven. Hiking poles can be helpful for stability. Elevation gain 3500 feet. Average hikers should plan for 3-5 hours. This hike is considered moderate to challenging for the steady uphill climb on a rocky trail. Book time is estimated at 3 hrs, 27 min.
An alternate route recommended for fair weather days is the Airline Trail. The Airline Trail leaves from the same trailhead parking. It is a difficult 3.7 mile hike, taking approximately 3 hours and 40 minutes with an elevation gain of 3550 ft.