Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Adams, NH
Trails: Valley Way, Star Lake Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, March 3, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Appalachia was plowed nicely. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction, Ice Axe 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: A few streams still running under some thin ice despite temps below zero. Easy to negotiate. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: About 5 or so blowdowns on Valley Way, easily avoidable for now. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: none :) 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: About an inch of fresh powder on a packed crust along Valley Way. Very easy going until the last mile or so above the tentsite. Snow was deeper here and snowshoes might be warranted. I didn't bring them, but another hiker had used some for this part as I saw on my descent. Fairly deep drifting on Star Lake Tr., but I didn't sink in more than a foot at the deepest. Harder packed snow as I climbed higher. I used the axe from Madison Hut to summit and back, and no equipment below the hut.

Winds were not 70-90mph with 110gusts like forecasted, but enough to knock me over if I wasn't paying attention. I followed Star Lake tr. until I couldn't really see it anymore, then I headed directly for Adams summit. Temps were around -5°, warming up to 5-10° later in the day in the valley.  
Name: Nathan Hillman 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-03-03 
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