Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Adams (attempt), Mt. Madison, NH
Trails: Air Line, Gulfside, Osgood Trail, Valley Way
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Not a lot of room left at Appalachia, got there late around 10hAM. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Traction, Ice Axe 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All easy to cross on Air Line. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: N/A 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: N/A 
Bugs: None :-). 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Found a trekking pole and left it at Appalachia trail board. 
Comments: Wow what a day ! Started out with the plan to summit Adams and then Madison. Took Air Line, had only been broken in by one other hiker. Lots of snow and impossible to do without snowshoes. Got up above treeline after a while and the wind really started to pick up. Checked on and it said 65mph steady with gusts of 80mph. When I got to the ridge on Air Line it was almost impossible to stand up, so I canned the idea to summit Adams with that kind of wind coming in sideways. However, I descended towards the Hut and decided to summit Madison due to the wind in the back at that point. Summited easily but then wind at the top was atrocious. Came back down taking Valley Way and the conditions were completely different than Air Line. Heavy packed and sticky snow for the most part. Beautiful day but a lot of management between Hillsounds and snowshoes.  
Name: Martin 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-02-20 
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