Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Adams, Mt. Madison, NH
Trails: Valley Way, Scar Trail, Scar Loop, Air Line, Air Line Cut-Off, Star Lake Trail, Gulfside, Osgood Trail, Watson Path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, July 16, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: There was still some openings in the large Appalachia parking lot off route 2 in Randolph. When I finished the hike there were vehicles parked on the side of route 2. The WMNF service had a manned information station at the trailhead. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No significant crossings. The crossing of Snyder Brook on the Watson Path was easy on rocks with a good view of Duck Fall. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The trails were unencumbered. The sign for the Watson Path at Valley Way north to Scar Trail is non-existent. But this trail is not used much. Both the Scar Trail and the Watson Path are less refined compared to the Air Line and Valley Way but are in good shape. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Only saw one off the Star Lake Trail. The mica schist rocks can be rough on paws and there is a scarcity of water in much of the alpine zone. 
Bugs: Beetles on Mt Adams were bothersome. The bugs were less of a problem on Mt Madison. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Saw Labrador Tea, Mountain Avens, Mountain Cranberry, Sandwort, and Cotton grass on Star Lake Trail.

There is one small ledge area on Scar Loop Trail which may be difficult if wet or icy. The Watson Trail is steep with some wet inclined rock surfaces so care is required if footwear lacks traction. Lots of rock hopping on both Mt Adams and Mt Madison.

Lots of hikers on the trails including one woman completing the 48 on Mt Madison.

Great views today. Luckily no rain. On the drive home route 113 through Evans Notch was wet.  
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-07-16 
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