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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Adams, Mt. Madison, NH
Trails
Trails: Air Line, Short Line, Randolph Path, Gulfside, Jefferson Loop, Isreal Ridge Path, Lowe's Path, Star Lake Trail, Osgood Trail, Air Line Cutoff, Scar Trail, Scar Loop, Valley Way, Falls Way, Presidential Rail Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, December 6, 2015
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of room at Appalachia today. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No major crossings. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few blowdowns on Air Line and Falls Way but most trails were in great shape except for a few bend overs due to snow. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: It was a rugged hike today but Marlie handled it like a champ. The holes between rocks are covered in snow making some spots tricky. The steep drop heading down Star Lake Tr gave Marlie pause but she was fine once pointed in the right direction. 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: I found a smart phone on Mt Adams. It may have been there over night as the battery was dead. Tell me the model, color, and lock screen photo and I'll send it home. 
 
Comments
Comments: What an excellent day plan B turned out to be! Temps were in the mid 40s and I managed to catch a light sunburn. The wind wasn't noticed except for at the summits where it was pretty stiff and increasing throughout the day. The snow starts after the first half mile but is only 2-6 inches deep. Air Line and Valley Way are icy due to traffic but the side trails were nice and soft. Everything except for a mile of Randolph Path between Spur Tr and Lowes Path, Scar Loop, and the lower half of Scar Tr was at least tracked out. Above treeline it was a mix of rock hoping and stepping in others postholes or a few inches of snow. The snowfield on Jefferson is a few feet deep and somewhat consolidated. Several sets of footsteps wander heading up Jefferson to avoid drifted spots of trail. I saw very few people today, most of them in the vicinity of the hut. Awesome December day and I made it out just before dark.

14.7 mi 5800' elev+ 9 hr 5 min  
Name
Name: IQuest 
E-Mail
E-Mail: iandanner@hotmail com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2015-12-06 
Link
Link: http:// 
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