Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison, NH
Trails: Great Gulf Trail, Osgood Trail, Star Lake Trail, Buttress Trail, Six Husbands Trail, Osgood Cut-off
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, July 2, 2015
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking at Great Gulf trailhead. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The crossings of Jefferson Brook and the West Branch were rock hoppable with care. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A couple of blowdowns of little consequence on Buttress, trails in good shape otherwise 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw a great Black Lab named Madison, ascending its namesake peak with its human. Another dog at Madison Hut just kept trying to get inside too! 
Bugs: Not bothersome at all in the morning, non-existent above treeline with the wind, and even pretty decent in the afternoon. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Made a big lollipop loop for Anya's 23rd 4000-footer, and she indulged my redlining. I can see why northbound thru-hikers don't like the Osgood Trail that much, and I was certainly happy to be ascending. That being said, I would have rather ascended than descended on Buttress. Its middle section shines as far as footing is concerned, while the upper portion requires tedious rock hopping, and the lower is just plain steep until you hit the talus field. It was cool throughout the day, and the winds made it cold especially once we were on top of Madison. A great day out, and congrats to Anya on #23!  
Name: Bill Robichaud 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2015-07-04 
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