Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Adams, Mt. Madison, NH
Trails: Airline, Gulfside, Osgood Trail, Valley Way
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, November 21, 2013
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Leaves - Significant/Slippery, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Small crossings partway down Valley Way although open were a bit icy but easily crossed with careful foot placement. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Sign for Airline Cutoff on upper Airline Trail down, post is frozen to the ground. Temporary plastic sign at King Ravine/Airline Junction. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Airline trail free of snow/significant ice until steeper section before treeline, then boilerplate ice, some with a dusting of snow. Enough rocks still showing about the ice and small easy to bushwhack sections that we did not use traction. Some hikers may prefer light traction for this section. Above treeline on both Adams and Madison, small patches of snow and rime on rocks not really enough for light traction. There are a few small off trail snow fields on the Thunderstorm junction side of Adams. Valley Way had much more ice, significant ice flows the upper 2/3's of the trail, higher ones covered with snow. We put on light traction for the first time all day quickly after we started the descent. Last mile or so of trail, ice and snow free, so no traction required. The weather was perfect and the views amazing. A fantastic late November Presi-day all around with Schorman, Lady Di and John Gutowski.  
Name: SBanks 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2013-11-22 
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