Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Adams, Mt. Madison, NH
Trails: Randolph Path, Spur Trail, Gray Knob Trail, Gulfside, Jefferson Loop, Israel Ridge Path, Air Line, Osgood Trail, Howker Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, July 21, 2013
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of room at Randolph East dirt parking area off Pinkham B Road. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Crossings of Snyder Brook and Spur Brook on the Randolph Path and Bumpus Brook on Howker Ridge Trail were easy on rocks. The water level in the brooks was not high. The crossing of Cold Brook on the Randolph Path is via the Sanders Bridge. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails in good condition. Some blow downs on Howker Ridge Trail had been cleared. Stone stairways on Spur Trail and Howker Ridge should prevent erosion. Nice bog bridges on the Randolph Path and Howker Ridge Trails in the wet areas proximate to the Randolph East trailhead. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: The complete circuit may be too much for some dogs. There may be abrasion of the paws on the mica schist rocks above tree line. 
Bugs: Mosquitoes and flies on evening descent on the Howker Ridge Trail at elevations between about 1500' and 3500'. Also black flies at Edmands Col. No problem at the summits. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Opted to use the less travelled trails to reach the ridge. Met no other hikers below tree line. On the ridge and summits there were many other hikers. One man completed the NH48 on Mt Adams. Nobody was at Crag Camp or Gray Knob when I stopped by.

The trails were mostly dry. There is high grass at the trailhead but this is for only a short distance.

This circuit allowed for views of King Ravine, Castle Ravine, Great Gulf, four waterfalls, and lots of mountains.  
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2013-07-21 
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