Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams, NH
Trails: Valley Way, Osgood Trail, Star Lake Trail, Airline
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, April 19, 2015
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Appalachia was busy! 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Black, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: A few of the low-altitude streams are open and without snow bridge, but crossings easily managed.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few blowdowns on Valley Way and Airline, but manageable. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Outstanding day for a hike. Valley Way is a little sketchy in the first half mile (a few bare/wet spots) but quickly becomes a stable monorail; at higher altitude the snow is deep (4-5') and the monorail is quite narrow. Traction is strongly advised because some sections are slippery. From Madison hut to Madison summit is a little icy but easily managed.

Star Lake trail was difficult to follow - I lost the trail and (from the old footprints visible) so had others. I traversed snowfields until I reached the upper section of the trail.

Airline from Adams summit down to Gulfside was fine, though icy in spots; some puddles had formed and iced-over in last nights' cold.

Airline from Gulfside to Appalachia was tricky, due to a punky monorail and lots of postholing, and to some underground springs that created pillows of ice on the trail. Airline would be *very* difficult to climb at this time, and will get worse over the next week. I recommend avoiding it for another month or two.  
Name: David Kotz 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2015-04-19 
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