Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams, Mt. Jefferson, NH
Trails: Pine Link, Howker Ridge Trail, Star Lake Trail, Gulfside, Caps Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, September 17, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: We spotted a car at the bottom of the Caps Ridge Trail (Jefferson) and then drove over to the Pine Link trailhead to begin the hike up Madison 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: There is a blowdown about halfway up the Pine Link Trail that must be climbed over. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: We saw several dogs on the ridge 
Bugs: A few, including some mosquitos at the top of Madison 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: It was a largely clear day in the Presidentials, and we made good time up Madison. Halfway between Madison and Adams, strong winds of about 50 mph rolled in and did not cease. Fortunately, there was no precipitation so we were able to continue on. Fighting the wind slowed us down but we made it to the summit of Jefferson before sunset, and then descended down the Caps Ridge Trail, using our headlamps once it got dark.

The rock formations at the top of the Howker Ridge Trail are majestic where you turn to make the final push to the summit of Madison.

The small lake (Star Lake) along the Star Lake Trail, just past the Madison Spring Hut on the way to Adams, is unique and beautiful.  
Name: KLBS 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-09-19 
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