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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Adams, Mt. Sam Adams, Adams 3, Adams 4, NH
Trails
Trails: Lowes Path, Randolph Path, Gulfside
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, September 18, 2010
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Park at Lowe's Store for $1. There is plenty of room but on my return there were quite a few cars in the hiker's area. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Significant, Standing/Running Water on Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: rock hops 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Gulfside & Randolph sections in good shape although Randolph past Israel isn't well cairned or always obvious, but it's open and except for fog it would be hard to get too far off. Lowe's above treeline as well, but it has mud, water, wet ledge & roots with wet leaves and mud. It's not too bad below King Ravine but nearing the log cabin up to treeline it's pretty much all the time. It's not a big problem going up and going down it just requires some care to avoid a slip fall. No blowdowns but there is a big fir on Lowe's that gravity is calling and only some other tree's branches are keeping it up. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: The mighty tough little dog had a ball. He ran free most of the hike, got to see a few dogs while hiking down and didn't overheat in the nice temps despite the sun. He even got to enjoy a high altitude sip & dip in a trail pool of Peabody Spring. The boulders have sharp crystals on much of the hike above treeline, especially going over to Sam Adams, so dogs without hardened pads might bring their booties. 
Bugs
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: A purplish, white & brown braided dog leash was on the ground above King Ravine & Lowe's intersection, so I hung it on a broken stem so it would be easy to see, hoping the two dog groups we had passed were the owners and would get it on the way down. 
 
Comments
Comments: What a fantastic day to be on one of the great sections of trails above treeline! That makes three great weekend days for the higher summits in a row. What a great end to a great summer for hiking! We went Lowe's to Randolph to Gulfside for very easy grades and great views and going down Lowe's above treeline is sweet. Going down Lowe's below that to almost King Ravine isn't so great. We saw no one until Edmands Col, not too many from then on, and we had Sam Adams and the other Adams rock heaps all to ourselves as we wandered all around some great country with great views and a touch of swirling low level clouds. It was a thumbs and paws up!  
Name
Name: Pepper and Me 
E-Mail
E-Mail: windriversjohn at gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2010-09-18 
Link
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