Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Adams, Mt. Madison, NH
Trails: Great Gulf Link, Great Gulf Trail, Osgood Trail, Osgood Cutoff, Sphinx Trail, Gulfside, Jefferson Loop, Airline, Israel Ridge Path, Daniel Webster Scout Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, September 27, 2014
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Only car at beginning and end, we parked in camp ground and road walked a tiny bit 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: EASILY rock hoppable (even by me!) 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Sphinx had previously been reported as hard to find but in good shape and easy-ish to follow. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Kali had a blast, these trails were well matched to her ability 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: nothing lost, nothing found, down one set of shoes however (see below) 
Comments: We started out from Dolly Copp Campground to grab the Great Gulf Link as a redline and ditch one car a the end of DWST. About 4/10 of a mile up the trail I tripped over a root and RIPPED my La Sportiva Ultra Raptor (asaurus). A quick jog back to the car and a shoe change, had us back in business by 8am. Up we went. We redlined over to the Osgood Cutoff, checking that one off the list and headed up. We ran into a few nice folks along the way and then the work of Spinx started. With the recent lack of rain, I wanted to go get this trail off of my list. I was POOPED by the junction with the Gulfside. Gorgeous weather, great views and the best company in the Whites kept me going. Up to the Loop Junction and we donned our formal wear for a trek across Jefferson. Many heads turned as we made fellow hikers feel very underdressed. Down to the col and back to business attire. On to Adams and then a refill at the hut and then Madison. The amount of other hikers lessening with each hour that ticked past until we were the only two on Madison for about ten seconds and then another couple approached warning us that DWST is hard to find. Not with our Kali dog along, we were able to follow and descend this tedious trail. Down below treeline and moving along well we heard a mans voice yelling from ahead on the trail. Apparently his dog had just attacked a moose and her daughter. The dog owner and company were quick to move along while we lingered and got some photos of momma and baby. No one appeared to be hurt. We later ran into this group and their dog frightened us with her "happy bark" while I got Kali out of there. Some dogs truly do not belong on the trails. Back to the car and onto dinner we went leaving that drama behind. Lots of people out enjoying the Indian Summer. The foliage was gorgeous! Thank you Chris for another great long hike!  
Name: heather&Kali, Gumbyhiker 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2014-09-29 
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