Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Adams, Mt. Madison, NH
Trails: Valley Way, Gulfside, Air Line, Osgood Trail, Fallsway, Brookbank, Presidential Rail Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, January 23, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Appalachia was about 1/3 full at 7:30 am and nearly full at 2 pm. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All were low or solidly ice bridged. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: There were a couple duck unders on Valley Way and a large duck under on the upper portion of Fallsway. There was a large mess on the upper part of Brookbank that will require some work. Someone had cut a tunnel through the mess but I opted to go around. I also briefly lost the trail on Brookbank and steed too high when I should have just stayed close to, you guessed it, the brookbank. I also missed the sign for Upper Bruin on Valley Way both times. Maybe it's missing? 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Marlie handled these peaks like a champ today. I had to smile when she instinctively headed up Air Line from the Gulfside Tr before I got there. I guess after 8 visits she knows where to go. We met a few other dogs, all seemed to be doing fine. It was nice to finally meet the famous Isis and Rachel en route to Rachel's 48th winter peak. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: It was a relatively tame day above treeline by January standards and I took full advantage to finally complete my winter 48. Straight up Valley Way and onto Adams then back to Madison. I had contemplated descending Watson Path and saw three hikers that had come up but opted for the easier Valley Way to descend. Near the bottom I still had some left in the tank so in true redliner spirit I decided to break out the Brookbank before returning to Appalachia. I wore snowshoes start to finish although traction/light traction was worn by many all the way up and probably would have been a better choice above treeline. I was just too lazy to switch it up.

10.5 mi 5050' elev+ 6 hr 25 min  
Name: IQuest 
E-Mail: iandanner@hotmail com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-01-24 
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