Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Adams, Mt. Madison, NH
Trails: Airline, Short Line, King Ravine Trail, Star Lake Trail, Osgood Trail, Watson Path, Brookside, Fallsway
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, September 4, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Got last parking spot at Appalachia parking lot at 6 a.m. Lots of cars along Rt. 2 when I finished. State police cruised thru the parking lot as I was leaving. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All easy. Water levels are low. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Paint blazes in King Ravine are getting faint in spots. Two blowdowns on Brookside. Nice recent trail work on a section of Watson Path--thanks RMC. :) Everything else looked great. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Would have to be an extremely agile, trail-hardened mountain dog to get through King Ravine. Lots of HUGE boulders to negotiate and deep holes to get lost in. Watson Path has exceedingly rough rocks in upper section. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Saw 3 water bottles, a baseball cap, and a hygiene product (thankfully unused) in the deep crevices of King Ravine. Could remove only one of the water bottles--packed out. Someone needs to go in there with a telescoping garbage picker upper like the road crews use! 
Comments: If you liked climbing trees and jungle gyms as a kid, King Ravine Trail is the route for you. What fun! :) This time I crawled through the Subway and visited the ice caves. The headwall is very steep--1100 feet in 0.5 mile. O_O Footing is stable until the very top, where it is more loose rock and gravel but still pretty good.

There was a loud group atop Adams so I continued up and over without pause. Star Lake Trail is steep but views are awesome. Was quite sunny and warm today--glad to have hat, sunglasses and sunscreen this day. Decided to descend Gordon Ridge on Watson Path as it had been some time since last visit. Steep and rough but great views above treelike!

Beautiful cascades and waterfalls on Brookside and Fallsway, a great alternative to the heavily traveled Valley Way.
Name: Snowflea  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-09-04 
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