Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams, Mt. Jefferson , NH
Trails: Valley Way, Osgood Trail, Gulfside, Israel Ridge Path, Randolph Path, Lowe's Path, Jefferson Loop
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, December 15, 2014
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Appalachia plowed 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No problems all day 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Lost one snow basket, couldn't retrieve; stuck in a water crossing 
Comments: Spectacular day on northern presis; valley way fine with light or no traction; half a mile from hut snowshoes start to come in handy to avoid postholing due to high temps and sunshine. Didn't take them off again til road at lowe's path. All trails were broken out, some more, some less. Only needed to do little trail breaking between Jefferson and Randolph path. The link no longer broken out and a mess, so we opted for road walk back to Appalachia instead. Fun day with other solo hiker. We teamed up on Adams but had been hiking in close proximity since Madison. It was so warm I hiked without gloves most of the time and we were overdressed in long sleeve shirts,... Delighted over any shade we got throughout the day. Spectacular views all day and hardly a breeze. A team of hikers was also in close proximity from Madison to Adams and we had some nice summit conversations.  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2014-12-15 
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