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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Adams, NH
Trails
Trails: Airline, Shortline, Subway, Great Gully, Israel Ridge Path, Chemin de Dame, King Ravine, Amphibrach, The Link
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, September 15, 2013
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: The parking area was nearly full when I got there sometime after 8:30. I'll guess many were staying at the AMC hut or the RMC structures. But this lot could certainly use a large increase in size. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Wet boots for the two crossings on the short King Ravine section; if I had used my pole perhaps not even that. Wet boots on Great Gully where the high drainage and trail intersect. Otherwise no issues. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: One stepover blowdown down low on the Link. Some water in parts of the Great Gully and the upper Amphibrach, but the latter's numerous waterbars are generally working. Subway is better painted than I remembered, but still in one place I had to hunt around for the route. All signs in place. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Pepper went into his scramble harness and on leash once we got to the Subway. Subway was slow and we took care, but it helped being a little dog. He found some ways to go and in others I could spot or assist. Most dogs will not like this at all, and I'd hate to take a big dog in there. Great Gully wasn't bad, there was water fairly high up he could sip n dip, and lots of shade while we were on it, so he was pretty comfy. I spotted him on the tricky spots but it was easier than I remembered. Even so this is for experienced hiking dogs only. Chemin de Dame had one slightly tricky place I spotted him, but it otherwise wasn't overly difficult and it shaded him much of the time. Still, there are much better options for most dogs. The rest of the hike was fun, with a nice pawbed, many sip n dips and not a soul to be seen until nearing the end. We saw a few dogs on Adams. Oh, the usual warning about the rocks in this area having very sharp crystalline structures. Soft pads will suffer. 
Bugs
Bugs: Some flying gnats on Great Gully that ignored me entirely. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: I did the Great Gully & Chemin de Dames 8 years ago, and could only remember a few specifics. They were not as difficult as I remembered. The subway was pretty much what I remembered, but this time I stupidly left the leg sections of my convertible pants at home, and scraped up the knees a bit. The King Ravine/Amphibrach/Link section was a very pleasant stroll down. It's been so much fun to get back to almost forgotten trails and share them with Pepper. We saw only 2 guys on the Great Gully, a lot of people on Adams with one nice chat, and none once we went down Chemin until the very end. It was a beautiful day out although too chilly on Adams' peak to stay without bundling up. The leaves are changing in King Ravine, but the dull yellows and browns aren't the attraction anyway. Some color was seen in Franconia Notch. What a splendid day for Kings Ravine.  
Name
Name: Pepper and Me 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2013-09-15 
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