Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams, Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, Mt. Monroe, Mt. Franklin, Mt. Eisenhower, Mt. Pierce, NH
Trails: Airline, Airline Cut-off, Osgood Trail, Gulfside, Israel Ridge Path, Jefferson Loop, Trinity Heights Connector, Crawford Path, Monroe Loop, Franklin Loop, Eisenhower Loop, Webster Cliff Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, July 4, 2013
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking at Appalachia in the morning, lot fairly full in the afternoon. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Standing/Running Water on Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All minor crossings by this route, easy hops. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Not a blowdown to be seen all day, refreshing. Some muddy areas below treeline, and standing water in spots above. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw a single canine with a NH48 finisher on Monroe, drinking water out of the puddles on the summit. Hehe. 
Bugs: Negligible to non-existent in the morning, due to wind and fog, rough if you stopped moving from Monroe southward. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Someone left a folding camp chair on the summit of Adams... 
Comments: What better day than the 4th for a "classic" Presidential Traverse. The morning started off comfortable, and quite windy once I hit treeline. The sunrise was pretty amazing from Airline. Madison was socked in with winds ripping, the strongest of the day. Adams, Jefferson, and Washington were all socked in, and the lichen covered rocks were dangerously slick, making for slow going at times. Peek-a-boo views here and there, but very short lived. The clouds broke as I neared Monroe, and continued in the clear over Franklin, Eisenhower, and Pierce. Quick descent to Highland Center, as to not miss the shuttle... I probably could have gotten Jackson too... but I wasn't feeling it. Tons of people out in the southern Presidentials, enjoying the 4th! Blog post to follow.  
Name: Bill Robichaud 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2013-07-04 
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