Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Monroe, Mt. Washington, Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Adams, Mt. Madison, NH
Trails: Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail, Monroe Loop, Crawford Path, snowfields, Gulfside, Israel Ridge Path, Airline, Osgood Trail, Valley Way
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, April 28, 2013
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: virtually empty lot at Appalaichia..we were the last car out at 730...Not much busier at the cog lot 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Wet Trail, Ice - Breakable Crust, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Gem pool crossing had a steep bank but low water and was no problem. Steep banking at upper crossing took some work getting up the 4 foot bank there. Valley Way crossings low 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: signs at Madison Hut and Cornice/Gulfside Jct down 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: a few around but no issues 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: tent on the patio at Madison Hut 
Comments: Presi Day! We used spikes on solid ski packed base to Gem Pool then put on snowshoes for the climb to the hut..Sadly carrried them the rest of the way as barebooting or spikes worked fine. The glacier at Lakes Hut is amazing to see. A couple of snowfields but mostly bare rock to Monroe. Crawford Path to Washington a mix of snowfields, solid monorail and bare rock..spikes worked fine. Lovely on the summit but amazingly saw very few hikers today tho a fair amount of skier traffic..some of whom that looked very sad hiking up long stretches of bare rock. Barebooted easily to Jefferson on mostly bare rock. Nice to run into Scott, Gumby, and Rachel on the upper snowfields of Jefferson. The side hill descent area there a little dicey. Quick work to Adams on a long stretch of snowfield then the usual Adams rock. Airline pretty much bare to Gulfside and the hut. Valerie rested her feet there while I tagged Madison . Upper Valley Way solid tho slippery monorail..we stayed with spikes. Once below Scar a mixture of conditions with stretches of monorail, ice sections, bare rock and certainly some mud. April has it all!! Thanks Valerie for pushing through a cold and joining on this excellent hike!!  
Name: silverfox 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2013-04-28 
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