Madison is the northernmost peak in the northern Presidentials. It's also home to the AMC's oldest hut, Madison Springs, which is in the col between Madison and Adams. Just north of the hut is Star Lake, a shallow pond. East of the summit is the Great Gulf, a huge glacial cirque. There are several ridges that form Madison, Osgood Ridge from the east, Gordon from the north, and Howker from the northeast.
There are many routes to the summit of Madison. One of the most popular is the Valley Way (3.9 miles) to hut, then the Osgood trail to the summit. This is the easiest of the routes and most protected in times of bad weather. The Howker Ridge trail (4.4 miles) is wilder and less populated, climbing over several Howks along the way before linking up with the Osgood trail below the summit. The Watson Path (3.5 miles) is rough and difficult to follow in bad weather, but direct. The Osgood trail (4.9 miles) goes from Rt 16 up the long, exposed, spectacular Osgood Ridge.