Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams, NH
Trails: Valley Way, Osgood Trail, Star Lake Trail, Gulfside
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, March 15, 2014
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts, Snow - Wet/Sticky 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction, snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
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Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Great hike as I was able to bag 23 & 24 of the 48 4000's. The morning hike to Mt. Madison was sunny and spring like. Very windy on the Mt. Madison summit. About 1pm snow clouds moved in and visibility was 50 feet with white out conditions at times. The Star Lake Trail was tough to follow and we broke through many times up over our waist and it was very cold and windy on the Mt. Adams summit. The final push to the summit of Adams was steep which was to me a blast even though I was a bit knackered. The Gulfside Trail was marked very well with the huge Cairns and was very much appreciated as visibility was just about zero. Had to stop on the Gulfside to put on my micro-spikes after I fell a couple of times without warning as trail would go from deep powder to ice in spots. Spotting the Madison Hut was tough because of visibility but managed to get back on the Valley Way Trail for return to the Appalachia Parking Lot. I want to thank John,Chuck, and Dan from the AMC in Boston for letting me hike with them. It was brilliant fun!  
Name: Robert Lawrence 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2014-03-16 
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