Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Sam Adams, NH
Trails: Caps Ridge Trail, Six Husbands Trail, Edmands Col Cutoff, Gulfside, rockhop, Spur Trail, Amphibranch, The Link
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, October 11, 2014
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Appalachia Lot was almost full already at 7:30. It spilled out way down the road by afternoon. Caps Ridge had plenty of room when we got there at 8:30 and when we returned for the car at 5:30. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Some easy rock hops on our descent. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Caps Ridge Trail was in great shape, evidence of a lot of somewhat recent work (bushing, blowdown removal, etc). The upper end of Six Husbands Trail was a little brushy in a few places, but it wasn't hard to follow. Edmands Col Cutoff has terrible footing and is also brushy in places. An extra cairn here and there would be helpful, but we figured it out. Gulfside, Spur Trail, Amphibranch, and The Link were all fine maintenance-wise. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw a few around Adams, depending on the dog the Caps Ridge Trail could be tough on the scrambles up the caps. Little water along the ridge, though plenty along Amphibranch. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: A fun day with the Northeast Peakbaggers. 4 of us total headed up Caps Ridge to Jefferson, and then they entertained my need for a little red-lining as we went down the upper part of the Six Husbands Trail (decent footing, somewhat but not terribly steep, easy to follow) to the Edmands Col Cutoff (poor footing, and a couple short moments needed to find the route through the talus) to Edmands Col. From there, the Gulfside up to Thunderstorm Junction was the usual fairly easy walk. 3 of us did the short rock-hop over to Sam Adams from the junction, where both a small cairn and one of the survey pins greeted us. With it getting a little late (we wanted to be out before dark), we passed on the scramble up to Adams itself. Heading down the Spur Trail was a bit rough, especially below Crag Camp, I imagine ascending this trail isn't so bad, but descending was rough on our knees. I'd heard wonderful things about the Amphibranch, and they are all true. Gradual, not very rocky, and some beautiful woods to walk through with lots of leaves on the ground. Some great cascades just off the trail too. Thanks Linh, Jim, and Frank for a fun time.  
Name: madmattd 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2014-10-13 
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