Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams (attempt), NH
Trails: Valley Way, Osgood Trail, Beechwood Way, The Link
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, April 26, 2015
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: two other cars at the start, about ten total at the end, didnt see almost anyone, they must have stayed lower 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Leaves - Significant/Slippery, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: none were an issue 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: lots of duck unders along VW, those will be gone before June 1st I am sure. I tossed sticks were I could on Beechwood. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Kali enjoyed the entire experience, even when I thought we might be lost, she was still running around celebrating above treeline time 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: found a water bottle, forgot to leave it, it is a North Face bike sized bottle, frozen solid. 
Comments: Kali and I went up VW to Madison. Slow going up Osgood from the hut. Pretty good wind and very low visibility. Got to the lee side and added layers, it was hard to chose between snowshoes and traction. Snowshoes are seriously needed on upper VW and lower Osgood but not otherwise. Slow and tedious beating the MSR's into rocks and finding my way. Back down, jiggidy jig and over toward Adams. Here it got real sketchy. Wading through green pea soup clouds, still good amount of wind, couldn't find the trail. Decided I will pull an all nighter this week when I can see, gotta live to tell. On the way back down, sticky snow! and light rain. Took Beechwood Way to at least pick up a redline. We will be back.  
Name: heather&kali 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2015-04-26 
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