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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Adams, Mt. Madison, NH
Trails
Trails: Air Line, Lowe's Path, Gulfside, Osgood Trail, Valley Way
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, December 20, 2014
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Appalachia plowed. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Minor brook crossings at low elevations on both the Air Line and Valley Way were partially open but easy to cross on rocks 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Three trees across the Air Line two of which are walk arounds and the other a step over. One small downed tree on Valley Way. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: None on trails. 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: There was a snowshoe track from Appalachia to the tree line on both the Air Line and Valley Way although in spots it was narrow. Bare booters have roughed up the trail although the generally solid base supported them for the most part below tree line. At higher elevations the bare booters postholed often in drifted sections but got by on wind packed snow stretches. Saw some bare boot holes in to the spruce. The Osgood Trail up Mt Madison was chewed up by bare boot traffic. Found it easier to walk off trail at times. The cairns on the Air Line ascending Mt Adams were hard to differentiate from rime covered rocks. Nevertheless it was easy navigating to the summit in such clear conditions. The Lowe's Path was an easy descent route down Mt Adams to the Gulfside Trail. The Gulfside Trail from Thunderstorm Junction to Madison Hut involved some side hill effort around the cone of Mt Adams and had a lot of postholes creating uneven footing. Use of snowshoes with traction is the recommended footwear to preserve the condition of the trails.  
Name
Name: WAUMBEK 
E-Mail
E-Mail: WAUMBEK at Roadrunner dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2014-12-21 
Link
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