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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Adams, NH
Trails
Trails: Great Gulf Trail, Osgood Trail, Osgood Cutoff, Madison Gulf Trail, Star Lake Trail, Buttress Trail, Six Husbands Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, June 29, 2014
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: About a half dozen vehicles at the Great Gulf parking lot on my arrival at 1 pm; only two remaining on my return at midnight.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No worries 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Great Gulf Trail below The Bluff and Madison Gulf Trail in good shape. Buttress Trail badly overgrown with vegetation in several upper sections. Short stretch of Six Husbands very wet. Upper part of Great Gulf very wet, with lots of duck-under and climb-over blow downs that have been there for two seasons now, so I guess that the USFS considers these ok, given reduced trail maintenance in wilderness areas.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Encountered one attacking, snarling, anti-social dog that should have been on a leash and muzzled on the Great Gulf Trail. The owners blamed me and my walking sticks for their dog's aggressiveness. Another case of bad dog owners giving others a bad name, in my view. 
Bugs
Bugs: Black flies and mosquitoes were biting, but not the hoards one usually expects to encounter in the Great Gulf, especially given the complete lack of a breeze.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Found an insulated pad high on the Madison Gulf head wall; please post a description on this site if you think it is yours, and will get it back to you.  
 
Comments
Comments: Hard to believe that I had never before hiked the upper Madison Gulf Trail, especially given that I worked closing crew at Madhouse when in college. But, we were pretty much doing laps up and down the Valley Way with blankets that week, so too little time to explore alternative routes to the hut. I am really impressed by the steepness of the Madison Gulf headwall; right up there with Six Husbands and Huntington Ravine Trails, I think. The short stretch of the Osgood Trail to the tent platforms and the Buttress Trail were also red lines for me; the Buttress Trail is also very steep, and a boulder scramble for long stretches, with the tread commonly obliterated by overgrown brush. But, the AMC trail crew had been through recently and elected to only remove the blow downs, and the odd branch here and there. I certainly paid the price by starting in the pm, which led to 4.5 miles of stumbling down the Great Gulf Trail in the dark. Certainly a lot more work hiking these northern Presi peaks one by one than doing a traverse. But, pleased to have another solo, after 60, pm grid peak checked off those three lists.  
Name
Name: HFKA Dr. D. 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2014-07-01 
Link
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