5 - 6
FATMAP difficulty grade
Waterfalls border the gentle Valley Way Path, but the hike quickly becomes more difficult after a brook crossing over to the Watson Path.
Once above treeline, three false peaks eventually give way to the Madison summit.
The path continues down the Presidential Ridge to the Madison Spring Hut and then up to the cluster of Adams (Mount Adams, Mount Sam Adams, and Mount Quincy Adams).
If the weather looks foreboding, the Valley Path is protected.
The Great Gully Trail is usually a muddy and slippery descent.
Dogs are allowed on leash.
There's a tentsite and firepit 3.1 miles from the Appalachia Trailhead up the Valley Way Path (44.3346 N, -71.2872 W).