|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams, NH|
||Valley Way, Osgood Trail, Star Lake Trail, Airline|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, April 19, 2015|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Appalachia was busy! |
||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 |
||Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||A few of the low-altitude streams are open and without snow bridge, but crossings easily managed. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||A few blowdowns on Valley Way and Airline, but manageable. |
|Lost and Found:
||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.
||David Kotz |
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.