Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams, Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, Mt. Monroe, Mt. Eisenhower, Mt. Pierce , NH
Trails: Valley Way, Osgood Trail, Gulfside Trail, Airline, Lowes Path, Jefferson Loop, Crawford Path, Monroe Loop, Eisenhower Loop, Webster Cliff Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, April 17, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Black, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Spring Snow, Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No significant water crossings 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: As far as maintenance goes, the trails were in fine shape. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Hannah did very well on the ice, slush, snow and rocks but she is a very experience winter hiking dog. There was tons of running water available for drinking. 
Bugs: A few on the summit of Jefferson 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: I lost my Olympus TG-1 camera inside of it's red camera case somewhere around lakes hut. I can't imagine how the carabiner came off my pack but it did.  
Comments: I have been hiking quite a bit recently, so the ice on Valley Way was nothing new, nor the worst that I have seen. With the temps, light traction was sufficient to get to the hut. Madison isn't my favorite but with only a few patches of snow, it was a very standard rock hop. We put on traction to get up to Airline and then it was back to rock hopping over Adams. Wet snow and crumbling ice along the way to Edmands Col. Back in traction up Jefferson. I think that around Clay and up Washington, we barebooted in very slushy snow. The Crawford path was a river. Sometimes in the trail, sometimes across. As the CP get close to the lake, I slipped onto the edge and that may be where I dropped my camera. Traction for the scramble up Monroe. From there down the base of Ike we could bareboot. Lots of ponding in the trail forced us to pick our way along the side. Eisenhower over to Pierce was some of the easier walking of the day. Clear trail were the sun could get, snow in the shade. From Pierce down was some of the most straight forward hiking of the day. First compacted spring snow and then ice but at least we could walk in the trail and stick with the same traction for most of the trip to the Highland Center. The weather was fantastic, as was the company but I was personally changed by the many spring conditions.  
Name: TimC 
E-Mail: tjcharboneau at gmail dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-04-18 
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