Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams, NH
Trails: Valley Way, Osgood Trail, Star Lake Trail, Gulfside, Airline
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, February 21, 2015
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Appalachia lot plowed but the easternmost entrance/exit wasn't, a vehicle with good clearance and snow tires could make it but don't get stuck in your low vehicle like I did at 5a.m... Eventually made it out but it took 20 minutes and a lot of exertion! (good warm up i guess) 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction, Ice Axe 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Few blowdowns on air line 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Did this hike with a friend. Went up Valley way (some major drifts), once we reached the hut we dropped our bags and went up to madison then back to the hut. From there we ascended Adams via the star lake trail (we crossed the snowfield and it was easy with snowshoes and a pole each but ice axe recommended for safety, and then descended via the Airline trail. The weather was pretty stable and not too bad until around 3p.m. At that point we were just starting the exposed ridge of the air line trail. Consistent 50+ mph winds with some gnarly gusts made for quite an interesting session of sprinting from cover to cover. We were pretty relieved when we reached treeline! The entire main portion of the airline trail was untouched powder but it was very light which made for some good snowshoeing. Overall an incredible day in the Whites!  
Name: MtnShredder 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2015-02-23 
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