|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Madison, Mt. John Quincy Adams, Mt. Adams, NH|
||Valley Way, Watson Path, Gulfside, Airline, rock whack |
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, May 3, 2015|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Dry Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush |
||Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||All easily managed |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Blowdown a here and there on VW |
|Lost and Found:
||Found a thin glove on Valley Way. I put it on the Appalachia sign. ||
||Many thanks to John and Samantha for another great hike.|
The monorail/spring snow seriously starts on Valley Way about a mile and a half up. The monorail is solid, but narrow! Snowshoes were useless for us - a combo of barebooting and microspike-wear did the trick.
Watson Path was steep, but manageable, thanks to the solo hiker who walked this trail a day or two before us. He/she made wonderful footprints and kick-steps in the snow...we followed these tracks and used them like ladder rungs. Many thanks, our ascent was straightforward thanks to this person.
Gulf side and Airline (to Adams) was a combo of snow and rock. Micro spikes were fine, snowshoes would have been overkill.
Congrats to Sage on getting JQ Adams, another TW72 peak.
Madams in May -- check.
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.