Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams, NH
Trails: Valley Way, Osgood Trail, Gulfside, Airline
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, February 22, 2010
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Appalachia has a trace amount of snow on it from the flurries last night. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Negligible or frozen over. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Same blowdowns on Valley Way as have been there for the past month -- all can be walked around/under/over. A number of blowdowns on the Airline Trail, as well, mainly between the Scar Trail and Upper Bruin Trail intersections. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Found a blue water bottle on Airline near its intersection with the Chemin des Dames; I think that Steve left it at the Appalachia trailhead. 
Comments: The trails are in great shape: Valley Way is a packed highway (light traction until just before treeline; then, snowshoes on the new drifty snow), Gulfside was broken out through a foot of rime ice (very crunchy), and the Airline Trail has wonderful, lightly packed powdery snow that is a joy to snowshoe on. A great day to be out -- nice views over and through the undercast, low winds and very warm temperatures...but saw only two people other than those in our group. Originally an early start for sunrise photography was pushed back because of cloud cover -- and it allowed me to hike with Karen, Beth, Ken and Steve. A fine, fine time was had by all.  
Name: Patches the Kitteh 
E-Mail: info(at)barkingcat(dot)net  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2010-02-22 
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