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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Madison, Mt. John Quincy Adams, Mt. Adams, NH
Trails
Trails: Valley Way, Watson Path, Gulfside, Airline, rock whack
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, May 3, 2015
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: 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 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All easily managed 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Blowdown a here and there on VW 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Found a thin glove on Valley Way. I put it on the Appalachia sign. 
 
Comments
Comments: 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.  
Name
Name: TrishAlexSage 
E-Mail
E-Mail: patriciaellisherr@hotmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2015-05-03 
Link
Link: https://www.trishalexsage.com 
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