Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Adams, Mt. Madison, NH
Trails: Air Line, Gulfside Trail, Osgood Trail, Valley Way
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, April 15, 2013
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Appalachia parking had lots of room today. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Drifts, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Minor crossings on Air Line and Valley Way at low elevations. Most crossings open and easy rock hops with low water levels. A couple of snow bridges on Valley Way holding up for now. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A couple tree falls on the Air Line which presented no problems. The Air Line Cutoff trail sign is lying on the snow. A couple of duck unders on Valley Way; one below the tent site and the other below jct with Watson Path. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw one dog on the Air Line up to Mt Adams. The dog was doing well. 
Bugs: Saw lots of flies on the Madison Spring Hut's sunny south side siding. A few other insects were flying along the trails. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: The snow surfaces were softening especially in the afternoon. The base was solid. Difficult to decide whether to use microspikes or snowshoes as conditions varied. There were post holes from bare boot hikers who drifted off the compressed snow pathway most notably on the Gulfside uphill from the hut. No major icy stretches so no need for crampons. Some drifting especially on the Air Line before meeting the Gulfside Trail.

Most of the side paths branching off the major trails that I walked today were not recently used (Scar, Upper Bruin, Watson, Chemin Des Dames). There were bare boot tracks up the King Ravine trail to the Air Line. Great views of King Ravine from the Air Line. Be sure to bring sun glasses above tree line.  
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2013-04-15 
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