Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams (attempt), NH
Trails: Valley Way, Star Lake Trail, Osgood Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, February 11, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Appalachia plowed 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Unpacked Powder 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Easy 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The trail is in great shape...just the usual low branches up higher 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw 1 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Left the lot at 8 AM to a nice fluffy packed trail...eventually caught up with Lauren and Jim who told me they had been breaking Trail with 2 others who were just ahead of me...they had done a great job..thanks! Caught up with the leaders and took my turn with Shawn up to the plan was to summit Adams so I broke off to the Star Lake Trail..I quickly ran into 3' drifts..gusty winds and no one to help break Trail convinced me to head back to the hut..Lauren and Jim had just arrived and I went to the summit with Lauren..I estimated that the winds were gusting to 45+ and we didn't spend long at the summit...the cairns yesterday were visible..the walk from the hut to the summit was over crusty snow and ice..crampons the best bet here...we decided to quickly get back below tree line before making equipment changes..
caught back up with Jim and had a nice walk out...thanks Lauren, Jim, and Shawn!  
Name: CaptChris  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-02-12 
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