Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams, NH
Trails: Valley Way, Osgood Trail, Gulfside, Lowe's Path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, February 16, 2013
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All the minor crossings on Valley Way were open but easy step-overs 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few blowdowns here and there but nothing unmanagable. All were step-overs. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: A couple of pooches out on the trails today. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Valley Way was in excellent shape and is great for snowshoeing. We wore microspikes on the Osgood Trail as it is too rocky for snowshoes and though crampons could have been worn we thought that was overkill. The Gulfside Trail was a mixed bag of snow, rock, and crusty snow. We wore snowshoes over to Thunderstorm Junction and switch to microspikes up to Adams. Coming back on Gulfside we keep the microspikes on. Going down Valley Way we put the snowshoes back on.

The winds on the summits were minimal today with a 13mph wind on Madison and less than 5mph on Adams. It was very pleasant. A surprising number of people attempting a weekend traverse even with the weather forecast predicting very strong winds.

It was an excellent day out with Ken, Karen, and Fran.  
Name: Greg YEAH! 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2013-02-16 
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