Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Adams, Mt. Madison, NH
Trails: Valley Way, Gulfside, snowfields, Airline, Osgood Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, December 29, 2012
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: plowed parking at Appalachia..plenty of space in the lot today 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: a couple of the lower crossings open but no issues on this route 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: took out a couple of leaners.. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: not a good place for dogs right now with lots of frozen sideslope 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: water bottle and sock carried up aways and left at the hut 
Comments: stellar day. Missed meeting up with friends at Lowes so headed to Appalaichia parking lot where Guy and Gary were just headed out..Also chatted with Craig and Garrett there. Joined forces with Guy and Gary and were delighted to find Valley Way broken out and fairly solid. Gary set a great pace to the campsite and beyond where trail bed became a bit unconsolidated. After a rest at the hut we headed for Adams first to try and beat the snow. Much frozen granular, some blue ice, some deep snow as we skirted up Gulfside and snowfields to Airline. Some bony steps but mostly good footing to Adams where we met up with Jeff, Karine and Emily with whom we spent the rest of the day. Went down Lowes towards Thunderstorm where there was much deep snow and smooth sailing. Cut the corner..some sketchy sidehills on frozen granular above Gulfside but snowshoes adequate for the task. A couple of hard pack spots on ascent to Madison but pretty good going. Snowing pretty good by now and visibility deteriorated tho very little wind. Descent from the hut on Valley Way an absolute blast on a carpet of nice soft snow. Thanks Gary, Guy, Valerie, Karine, Jeff and Emily for an excellent above treeline day  
Name: silverfox 
E-Mail: marktaub@metrocastdot net 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2012-12-29 
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