Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Adams, NH
Trails: Air Line, Gulfside, Lowe's Path, Air Line, Scar Trail, Valley Way
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Only car in the parking lot when I arrived, 2 more were there when I left 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Black, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: n/a 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Blow down on Scar Trail blocking the trail.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: At the end of my hike I ran into an adorable standard poodle 
Bugs: Snow fleas 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Okay - it was warm and raining when I hiked up. Granted there was a solid monorail and microspikes seemed fine. Once I started to do the moonwalk on came the snowshoes. The steep section of the Air Line was all ice - but because of the warmth it was soft enough to easily go up with crampons. I knew with the falling temps the ice would be less fun on the return trip - hence taking the Scar trail over to Valley Way on the return trip and avoiding the entire thing. After this week's deep freeze this will be boilerplate and crampons will be a must. Once I got past the steep section of the Air Line, I put snowshoes back on and headed up again until I broke out of the trees and into the boney landscape. Not a lot of snow, plenty of ice in the nooks. The rain had frozen resulting in a nice glaze over some of the rocks. I switched to micro's and then to crampons. I wore crampons all of the way to Thunderstorm Junction, then took Lowe's to the top. The sun came out and there was much rejoicing. The wind died to almost nothing as I descended the summit via Air Line. Finally was getting some nice views I missed on the ascent. I hit the trees and the snowshoes went back on. Took the Scar Trail - my original thought was that it was post holed to hell. Both Air Line and Valley way (the section I hiked anyway) were in good shape - not an overabundance of post holes. I later realized the Scar Trail post hole damage was in part done by a moose. Arrived at Valley way and about a mile from Appalachia, ran into a man and three women (with their cute standard poodle) hiking up the trail. After not seeing a soul the entire day it was a nice treat to run into such nice people :)  
Name: BubblesTheHiker 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-03-08 
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