Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams, Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, NH
Trails: Valley Way, Osgood Trail, Gulfside Trail, Air Line Trail, Lowe's Path, Israel Trail, Jefferson Loop, Crawford Path, Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, February 16, 2009
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Cog road open and plowed. Parking at Marshfield Station plowed. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Blue, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction, Traction, Ice Axe 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Water crossings snowbridged. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Snow/ice fields may be extremely dangerous for dogs. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Valley Way to Madison Springs Hut - barebootable

Osgood Trail to Madison - Microspikes

Gulfside to Airline to Adams - Microspikes

Lowe's Path to Israel to Gulfside - Microspikes

Gulfside to Jefferson Loop to Jefferson - Microspikes for ascending, but crampons would be required descending.

Jefferson Loop to Gulfside to Washington - Microspikes

Crawford Path to Lakes of Clouds Hut - Crampons required. Very bad sidehill about halfway between Washington and the hut, anything less than crampons could result in a very dangerous slide. We had our ice axes planted just in case. Water crossing below lake just before hut was very tricky - seems like an ice dam broke minutes before we reached it - water was absolutely gushing and could be heard well up the trail.

Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail to Cog Base - Crampons a good idea for descending the steeps. Part of the trail just before treeline was flooded, likely due to ice dam break. Looks like we were perhaps the first people down the trail after it happened.  
Name: rocket21 
E-Mail: rocket21 at franklinwebpublishing dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2009-10-01 
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