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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams, Mt. Jefferson, NH
Trails
Trails: Valley Way, Osgood Trail, Gulfside, Jefferson Loop, Jewell Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, May 5, 2013
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: virtually empty lots at Cog and Appalachia 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow/Ice - Postholes, Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: crossings of note on this route bridged..no issues  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: took out a couple of blowdowns on Valley Way, recent work noted on Jewell..we did a couple there as well 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs: Adams bugs starting to happen..not bad ..but active today..saw a few others here and there 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: What a glorious day. A few flowers..trillium, trout lily, some hobblebush in bloom along lower Valley Way. Spotty snow then monorail above 3200 feet or so. High rail in spots..mostly solid we used spikes to the hut. Once above the hut Osgood dry to Madison and back. Hard not to linger on the peaks today..very spectacular above treeline. Once through the drifts around the hut dry rock to Adams where again we lingered..Bugs eventually chased us off..saw all 7 people we met today right around the Adams summit. Long snow field over to Edmands much softer than last week..only place on the trip where we could have used snowshoes but frankly not worth carrying for the rest of it. Climb to Jefferson straight forward ..the side slope area easily crossed today and we stayed on snowfield much of the way to summit. Nice long break then headed over on dry trail to Jewell. Once to treeline snow pack increased and we did some rail smashing to around 3700 feet where mostly dry trail took over. A phenomenal relaxed day in near perfect conditions. Thanks so much Jeff and Karine for an excellent day. Whats not to like?  
Name
Name: silverfox 
E-Mail
E-Mail: marktaub.metrocast.net 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2013-05-05 
Link
Link: http:// 
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