Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams, NH
Trails: Valley Way, Osgood Trail, Gulfside, Air Line
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, April 5, 2014
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked some cars at Lowe's General Store and other at Appalachia - no access issues at either location.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: There were no river crossings.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The trail is in good condition - could walk under all of blowdowns.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Didn't see any dogs out there today.  
Bugs: Didn't see any bugs out there today.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing lost or found.  
Comments: Did this one with Monica and the Random Group of Hikers.

The original plan was to climb Madison, Adams, and Jefferson going up Valley Way and then down Lowes Path but Mother Nature had other ideas.

We arrived at Lowe's General store before the sun came up and once we had everyone we left a few cars and made the short drive to Appalachia. The climb up to the hut along Valley Way was rather uneventful. There was good snow cover along the entire route - we put our snowshoe on in the parking lot and left them on until we got back to the lot. The only "tricky" spot was between the Valley Way Tentsite and the Hut - for much of that section you are "side hilling", which gives your ankle a workout.

Made it up to the hut, up to Madison, back to the hut, and up to Adams without seeing anyone else out on the trail. Later on we did see a couple that came up Airline, a guy that was backpacking, and another couple that came up Valley Way. Th guy in the couple using Valley Way was also on the same trails as us a few weeks ago when we did Isolation.

While we were already questioning still going to Jefferson before climbing to the summit of Adams, getting to Adams convinced us that Jefferson would have to wait for another, far less windy day. Atop Adams there were plenty of clouds and lots of wind. After turning our back on Jefferson the hike down was far more pleasant - several in the group, me included, seemed to be drained from the climb up so skipping Jefferson wasn't a big deal.  
Name: Michael & Monica 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2014-04-05 
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