Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Adams, NH
Trails: Valley Way, Star Lake Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, May 1, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: AT lot on Rt. 2 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Blue, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: Some mosquitoes starting to appear 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Beige baseball cap left at one of the signs by the Mizpah Spring Hut; found an orange bowl wedged into the hole of a tree; toothbrush and some trash on Star Lake Trail near the summit (very sad) 
Comments: We camped out at the Valley Way Tentsite the night before, got an early start to the summit to try and beat the rain. Spikes on the half mile hike up from the tent site to tree line - trail completely covered in thick ice and some soft snow, which made it more slippery on steep sections. Found a small pool of water by the hut to filter some water before heading on. Took the Star Lake Trail past a frozen lake and up to the summit. Trail was dry from the hut - a couple of breakable ice patches and some running water on the flat parts. Dry rock scramble until the very last section near the top, it was a steep climb up ice and rock climbing slightly off that trail was barely enough, but spikes and maybe an ice axe would be easier. Continued dry and exposed after that to the peak. Great views of a snowy Washington and Jefferson from there! Heading down, some butt-sliding and rock hugging with spikes on that steep ice section. Some more sliding (and a fall or two) on the half mile section from the hut to the tensite due to snow covering the ice. Beat the rain all the way down the rest of the trail.  
Name: Deana 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-05-01 
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