Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams, Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Clay, Mt. Washington, Mt. Monroe, Mt. Franklin, Mt. Eisenhower, Mt. Pierce, Mt. Jackson, Mt. Webster, NH
Trails: Valley Way, Watson Path, Osgood Trail, Gulfside, Air Line, Israel Ridge Path, Jefferson Loop, Caps Ridge Trail, Clay Loop, Trinity Heights Connector, Crawford Path, Monroe Loop, herd path, Eisenhower Loop, Webster Cliff Trail, Webster-Jackson Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, August 14, 2015
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Appalachia Trailhead parking lot was pretty full at 2200 the night before and was still crowded when I retrieved my car that evening. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Duck Falls was an easy cross on the Watson Path. Silver Cascade Brook was an easy cross on the Webster-Jackson Trail. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: It is the Presidentials so the summits are all sharp rocks. It will depend on your particular dog. I saw a few up there running around and rock hopping. 
Bugs: None at all! 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: On Watson Path I passed a shopping bag full of clothes. It was weird. 
Comments: It was a beautiful day and not a cloud in the sky until around noon. Mt. Washington was in the clear except for some clouds hanging out just above the summit (later in the day once I was on Pierce it was completely in the clouds).

This trip is on rocks the entire time. The trail rarely flattens out and when it does it is for short distances. Even past Eisenhower once you leave the Alpine Zone the trail stays rocky or adds water and mud to make it even more difficult to move at a running pace. The descent down the Webster-Jackson Trail is a steep and wet rocky climb down. Be prepared if you are going to tackle this to hike on rocks for the entire trip.

I think in the future I would just end at Pierce as arriving at Webster at the end of the day ruins the view due to the setting/lower sun.  
Name: BobTheLoveGoat 
E-Mail: BobTheLoveGoat at yahoo dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2015-08-18 
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