Appalachian Mountain Forest Service
>>>Summit Forecast for : Fog, High 64/Low 42, Wind 24 mph

This site has been seized by the New Hampshire Sheriff's Office with regard to the ongoing investigation at Mount Madahodo. It will remain in a frozen state pending resolution of the matter.

WELCOME to Mount Madahodo, the official "Foggiest Mountain In North America" and home of the Hockomock Trail! Madahodo can be a dangerous mountain - but with the proper safety precautions, it can also be one of the most rewarding climbs in the White Mountains!

Part of New Hampshire's Presidential Range, Madahodo has been literally over 100 million years in the making! Formed as the North American Plate moved westward over the "New England hotspot," people have been climbing Madahodo since man first settled in the New Hampshire area.

Today, visitors can hike to the summit along the Hockomock Trail, which follows a centuries-old Native American footpath. There, a top-of-the-line summit hut offers 40 beds and warm meals to weary travelers. For years, Madahodo has been the least hiked mountain in the White Mountains, but we're looking to change that. We can't promise a view, but we can promise an experience you'll never forget!

WELCOME TO CLOUD CITY!

Nathan Wilky here, reporting for duty at the top of Mount Madahodo! As I hiked up the Hockomock trail this morning, America's "foggiest mountain" didn't disappoint, with less than ten feet of visibility once I got above treeline. Not the most fun climb I've ever done, but...I'm trying to think of something positive to say. Well, I made it. That's what counts, right??

In all seriousness, I'm thrilled to join Sally, Meredith, Keith, and George for what I hope will be a fun, educational, and above all, SAFE summer in the clouds. Hope you can join us!

Posted by Nathan on June 1, 2012

today's forecast calls for fog. and tomorrow's. And the day after. and the day after that...

You know, I'll be honest: Madahodo was at the absolute bottom of my list for summer hut assignments. But after spending a week getting used to living in a cloud, I have to say: it's actually kind of growing on me.

There's something truly ethereal when you spend morning til night surrounded by a thick white mist. It muffles the noise. You can walk ten feet from the hut and not see it anymore. There's a moisture to the air you can't describe. It's like being in a different world.

Now, don't get me wrong - after a straight week of this, I'd KILL for a nice view once in a while. But it's definitely not what I expected. People tell me that's a common reaction to Madahodo.

Posted by Sally on June 8, 2012

RESCUE POLICY

I don't know how we can make the Madahodo Hut rescue policy more clear to guests: there are no rescues, PERIOD.

Last night, two hikers showed up around midnight, frantic and begging us to help find a third friend who was still lost in the fog. We immediately notified the AMFS Emergency Crew on the ground, then explained that rescue attempts are not permitted by the Madahodo summit croo (or guests), as it invariably opens up a Pandora's box of trouble: well-meaning people get hurt (or worse), others get lost, and the rescue operation becomes unnecessarily burdened.

Unfortunately, this logic didn't stick, and they tried to round up hut guests to help them search. A few guests actually volunteered to help, and we almost had a fight break out trying to prevent them from going out into one of the most dangerous storms we've had yet.

Their friend was discovered this morning alive, but...I dunno, something was definitely off about him.

Again: NO RESCUES. We don't make the rules.

Posted by George on June 15, 2012

 


Intrepid hiker Lisa emerges from the
fog at the Summit Hut! June '12


Sam & Ellie reach the infamous
"
Stop" sign - July '12


Heathe, Mulligan and Corey at
the Madahodo Trail Sign, Aug '12


No place to go but up! Hikers brave Cartigan's Ladder, July '12


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